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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 374) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg > Hads Bros
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.895-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8966-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.8959-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.903.883-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.882-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8811-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8719-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,57694
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.855-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8564-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.845-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.843-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.8420-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83219-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Eight & EasyDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.603.832-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.8228-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.823-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8219-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.813-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8116688
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7914-
Rye Is This So !@#$ing DELICIOUS!?!Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.5.003.791-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.78465-
Ship Maets AleMaritime Pacific Brewing Company5.203.781-
Burdock California CommonBurdock4.803.783-
KevinRefined Fool Brewing Co.5.003.781-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.788-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.782-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
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