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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 342) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.677-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.653-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.652-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.641-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.648-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.642-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.631-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.631696
Steamy BlondeSquare One Brewery & Distillery5.253.631-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.621-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.625-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.612-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.303.611-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.6114-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.613-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.63-
Steaming Cascade California CommonLompoc Tavern5.903.61-
National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.61-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.69-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.65-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.591-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.592-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.5948-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.582680
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.583-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.573-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.576-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.552-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.543-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.531-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.531-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
1849New Glory Craft Brewery5.003.521-
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.529283
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.512-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.511-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.511-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.53-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.55-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.51-
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.483-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.474-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.472-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.471-
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