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 - 251 to 300 (out of 321) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV rAvg Revs Bros
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5111-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.324784
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.20-0-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.831-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.372-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.062-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.677-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.773-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.501.061-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? 3.51-
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.5242883
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.6722-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.47-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3612280
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.794-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.8511793
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6219-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7950-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.803.11-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.544-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7329-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3547-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.5310-
Cellar SteamTimber Creek Tap & Table5.303.561-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company5.303.5622-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.183-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71400-
California CommonTree Brewing Beer Intitute ? 4.191-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
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