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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 396) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg > Hads Bros
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7683-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.768-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.76164-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7640-
American Common LagerFullsteam Brewery5.503.762-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.752-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.7513-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
GlobalevandeStreek Bier6.503.751-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.751-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Cali RareMikkeller ApS4.803.747-
Up The Hill Backwards (Three Weavers Collaboration)Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery6.003.741-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7368-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.7319-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.736-
California Steam BeerMaumee Bay Brewing Company ? 3.731-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery4.503.724-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? 3.711-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.7125-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.712-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.712-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.718-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.764-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 3.72-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6989-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.699-
Mash AppealOskar Blues Grill & Brew5.003.6916-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.694-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.6910-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69106-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.684-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6818-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.672-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.676-
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