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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 - 51 to 100 (out of 343) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.613-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.40-0-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.943.152-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.11-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.103.411-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.883-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.10-0-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.652-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.612-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.631696
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.00-0-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.20-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.004.681-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.20-0-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.281-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.936-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.381-
Northern California CommonBrimmer Brewing ? -0-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.00-0-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.70-0-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 2.931-
Burdock CommonBurdock4.80-0-
Brewmasters Collection California Steam BeerCarlsberg Danmark A/S4.70-0-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.511-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.70-0-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.371-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7619-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.711-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery ? -0-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.003.791-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.932-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.7041-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.268-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.902.8416-
Inland EmpressDale Bros. Brewery5.203.031-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.00-0-
Kentucky CommonDeep Cove Brewers and Distillers4.20-0-
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