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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 - 101 to 150 (out of 280) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV rAvg Revs Bros
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.104.751-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.881-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.875-
DampfbierDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works4.803.512-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.474-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7519-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.51-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.632-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.5042-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6887-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Louisville CommonFounders Brewing Company4.103.52-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.403.722-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7253-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83212-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.561-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.6126-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.751-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.836-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5524-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.10-0-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.50-0-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.51-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
Red Rye LagerIron John's Brewing Company5.00-0-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.864-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.053-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.561-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.574-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.525-
Kuhnhenn Pure Michigan Steam BeerKuhnhenn Brewing Company ? 3.384-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7638-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
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