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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 - 51 to 100 (out of 284) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.892-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.888-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.881-
DampfbierRapp Brewing Company5.503.882-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
ZephyrLagunitas Brewing Company7.203.8829-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.886-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.881-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.864,62295
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.851-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8514-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.854-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83207-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8319-
Steam BeerBrewerkz Riverside Point5.003.8310-
Carolina CommonPort Jeff Brewing Company5.603.833-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.836-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.828-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.822-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.81-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
Brewer's Art Zodiac OphiuchusThe Brewer's Art4.403.781-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7856-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7735-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.203.751-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
White Birch Apprentice Series AKUWhite Birch Brewing6.003.7510-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.752-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7580-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Saturday SodaHaven Gastropub7.603.751-
The Citizen W/ Ginger And Orange BlossomCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.751-
UncommonSpider Bite Beer Company ? 3.741-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7410-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.736-
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