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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 293) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.872-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8617-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.865-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,19694
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85114-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8348-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8315-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8310-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.836-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.82213-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.403.823-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.814-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.8118-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.818-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8121-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7960-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7726-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.754-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7539-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.752-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7598-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Northern California CommonBrimmer Brewing ? 3.751-
The Citizen W/ Ginger And Orange BlossomCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.751-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.403.742-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.746-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7427-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7419-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.733-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.003.7311-
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