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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 374) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Avg Hads Bros
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
California GoldCrooked Spider5.50-1-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2813-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.902.9352-
Inland EmpressDale Bros. Brewery5.203.031-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.533-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.944-
Good DogDenali Brewing Company / Twister Creek Restaurant ? -0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.037-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.545-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Eight & EasyDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.603.832-
80,000 Electron VoltsDryHop Brewers5.00-0-
Florida CommonDunedin Brewery4.803.341-
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. ? 3.844-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.471-
Common KaziF-Town Brewing Co.4.703.521-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.855-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.11786
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.903.441-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6989-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.533-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Homie BrewFour Corners Brewing Company4.803.991-
California Common (Batch 33)Franciscan Well Micro Brewery5.003.531-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.592-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.843-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.10-0-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8564-
American Common LagerFullsteam Brewery5.503.762-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83219-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7638-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
Catahoula Common W/ WatermelonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.51-
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