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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 436) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg > Hads Bros
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.915-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91107-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
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-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8680-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8622-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,79094
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's6.003.85124-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.845-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.803.843-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.843-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83221-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.903.8228-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.823-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8220-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8265-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8122-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.815-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8120388
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.814-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.815-
Rye Is This So !@#$ing DELICIOUS!?!Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.5.003.791-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.78559-
Ship Maets AleMaritime Pacific Brewing Company5.203.781-
Cambridge House CommonThe Cambridge House Brewpub5.003.781-
Burdock California CommonBurdock4.803.783-
KevinRefined Fool Brewing Co.5.003.781-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.788-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
CatalystSactown Union Brewery4.503.781-
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