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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 294) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.403.722-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71313-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.712-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.713-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.720-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.74-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.762-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.757-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.695-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6887-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6814-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.689-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.6712-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.677-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.6613-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6627-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.652-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.643996
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6364-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.638-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.621-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.62136-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.6120-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6116-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6118-
Steaming Cascade California CommonNew Old Lompoc Brewery5.903.61-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.68-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.5927-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.573-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.574-
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.573-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5524-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.55151-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.5514-
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