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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 - 251 to 300 (out of 343) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV rAvg Revs Bros
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.425-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Caliente CommonRocky Point Artisan Brewers5.00-0-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? -0-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.00-0-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.531-
Bee's SleazeRude Hippo Brewing Company6.503.331-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.7310-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.00-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
Sourdough CommonSalty Nut Brewery7.30-0-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.621-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.7316-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.1510-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.50-0-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.361784
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.204.11-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.831-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.00-0-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.061-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.081376
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.677-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.70-0-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.50-0-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? -0-
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.529283
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.651-
Steamy BlondeSquare One Brewery & Distillery5.253.631-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.255-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.625-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3494-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.641-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.839-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.60-0-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.7044-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.825-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9613-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.531-
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.80-0-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.53-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
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