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California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.

Anchor Brewing Co. trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other beers must be legally referred to as "California Common."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%   [ ? ] 

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Style Examples - 101 to 150 (out of 280) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.7311-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.722-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7211-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.403.722-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7253-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.7279-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.71-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.77-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.75-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.762-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.71-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.6920-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6887-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.687-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.6712-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6713-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6627-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.652-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.653997
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6363-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
The Citizen (Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon)Cismontane Brewing Company6.203.632-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.632-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.62133-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6218-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.6126-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
Steaming Cascade California CommonNew Old Lompoc Brewery5.903.61-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.61-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.592-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.592-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.594-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.572-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.574-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.561-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.56135-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.561-
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