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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 280) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg > Revs Bros
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
DampfbierRapp Brewing Company5.503.882-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.885-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.881-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.865,05895
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8544-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85108-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.851-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8514-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83212-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8310-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.836-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.828-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8220-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.822-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.81-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.793-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7960-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7638-
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-
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-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.003.752-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7594-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.753-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Northern California CommonBrimmer Brewing ? 3.751-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7519-
The Citizen W/ Ginger And Orange BlossomCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7426-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.736-
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