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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 342) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.882-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.877-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8710-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.867-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.8513-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.851,92394
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.85146-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.851-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.8534-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.853288
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.8348-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.831-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.831-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.839-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.825-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.825-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.003.791-
Rye Is This So !@#$ing DELICIOUS!?!Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.5.003.791-
KevinRefined Fool Brewing Co.5.003.781-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.782-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7716-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.762-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.762-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.761-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7619-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.767-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.751-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.7446-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.732-
California Steam BeerMaumee Bay Brewing Company ? 3.731-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.7310-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.7316-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7216-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.7273-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.717-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.711-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.713-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.711-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.7110-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.693-
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