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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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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
UncommonSpider Bite Beer Company ? 3.741-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.743-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7410-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.736-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7339-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7324-
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.7311-
Gold RushTrophy Brewing Co.5.003.732-
Kentucky CommonDeep Cove Brewers and Distillers4.203.731-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7222-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7218-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.7260-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7251-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71242-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.71-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.75-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.71-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6986-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.687-
Tickle The TubaAgainst The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse5.503.681-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.6712-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6726-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6660-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6512-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.652-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.653897
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
The Citizen (Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon)Cismontane Brewing Company6.203.632-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.632-
Boston Steam PieJack's Abby Brewing5.003.6353-
Bjor NagalMoylan's Brewery6.003.637-
Icon Series: Texas CommonSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.703.6362-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.632-
The Last SpikeCigar City Brewing7.403.6297-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.6214-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.62124-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6218-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
Steaming Cascade California CommonNew Old Lompoc Brewery5.903.61-
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