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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 374) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Avg Hads Bros
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.5421-
California CommonPecan Street Brewing5.503.521-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91104-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Colorado CommonPlatt Park Brewing Company4.903.592-
ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Harvest ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Kiwi ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.80-0-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.2911-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7479-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.694-
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.303.173-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.654-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.292-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.614-
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.50-0-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.945-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.542-
KevinRefined Fool Brewing Co.5.003.781-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.416-
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 Brewers5.003.532-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Bee's SleazeRude Hippo Brewing Company6.503.442-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6818-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.00-12-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
Sourdough CommonSalty Nut Brewery7.303.671-
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? -0-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.621-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69106-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.242-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5112-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.294884
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.2044-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.813-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.643-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.062-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.6910-
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