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 321) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
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-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.865-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,38294
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.8511793
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.855-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8418-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.831-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Eight & EasyDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.603.832-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8258-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8216-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.82216-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8211-
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-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.861-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.794-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7950-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7827-
KevinRefined Fool Brewing Co.5.003.781-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.7810788
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.773-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.752-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.755-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7540-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
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