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 - 251 to 300 (out of 328) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.20-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
California CommonTree Brewing Beer Intitute ? -0-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.60-0-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.10-0-
SteampunkBarley Mow Brewing Company5.00-0-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.90-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.00-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.98-0-
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.00-0-
Cellar SteamTimber Creek Tap & Table5.30-0-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? -0-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.00-0-
California Common Rye4204 Main St. Brewing Co.4.40-0-
Florida CommonDunedin Brewery4.80-0-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.30-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Honey California CommonNorth High Brewing Company8.20-0-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.30-0-
Eight & EasyDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.60-0-
The CompanyBarley Mow Brewing Company5.40-0-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.99-0-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.20-0-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.40-0-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.50-0-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.50-0-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30-0-
Cali RareMikkeller ApS4.80-0-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.80-0-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.10-0-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.20-0-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? -0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
80,000 Electron VoltsDryHop Brewers5.00-0-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.60-0-
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? -0-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.00-0-
ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -0-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.80-0-
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