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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 436) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg > Hads Bros
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.7724-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7684-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.768-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.765-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.76166-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.752-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
GlobalevandeStreek Bier6.503.751-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.751-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7545-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.754-
Centennial Colorado CommonHalfpenny Brewing Company5.403.751-
Dirty 30's California CommonDust Bowl Brewing Company5.303.731-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.736-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? 3.711-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.712-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.713-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7173-
Cali RareMikkeller ApS4.803.719-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.712-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.727-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.790-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.718-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.765-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.79-
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 3.72-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.6919-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.699-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.694-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69107-
Mash AppealOskar Blues Grill & Brew5.003.6821-
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.643.683-
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-
Common Ride4204 Main Street Brewing Co.5.203.677-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.674-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
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