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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 - 1 to 50 (out of 356) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Avg Hads Bros
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.7417-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.403.756-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.751-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7813-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.718-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.519-
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,51594
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.534-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8314788
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.417-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.74-
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 3.251-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8219-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.183-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3668-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.6669-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6928-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.004.241-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.625-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.385-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 3.72-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.546-
SteampunkBarley Mow Brewing Company5.0031-
The CompanyBarley Mow Brewing Company5.403.133-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.8420-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6512-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8964-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6119780
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.703.036-
Coffee MustacheBell's Brewery, Inc.6.00-8-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.903.883-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.5213-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -3-
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? -2-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.596-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
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