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California Common / Steam Beer

Description:
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 - 101 to 150 (out of 342) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV rAvg Revs Bros
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.982-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.054-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.552-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Eight & EasyDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.60-0-
80,000 Electron VoltsDryHop Brewers5.00-0-
Florida CommonDunedin Brewery4.80-0-
Rye Is This So !@#$ing DELICIOUS!?!Ebenezer's Brewpub / Lively Brewing Co.5.003.791-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.762-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.9211-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.471-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.50-0-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.102.23-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.90-0-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.20-0-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.7273-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.51-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Homie BrewFour Corners Brewing Company4.80-0-
California Common (Batch 33)Franciscan Well Micro Brewery5.00-0-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.751-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.891-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.21-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8918-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.85146-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.825-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
Catahoula Common W/ WatermelonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.60-0-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.80-0-
Harbor #2 LagerGreenport Harbor Brewing Company6.20-0-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.20-0-
Colorado ImmigrantGrist Brewing Company5.00-0-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.00-0-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-0-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.303.611-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.10-0-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.80-0-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.502.961-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
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