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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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Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.872-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.821-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.47229-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.752-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.586-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9710-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7827-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.918-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.232-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.7113-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71337-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.638-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.183-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company5.303.5622-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.519-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3445-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7428-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.544-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.803.11-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.6116-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85114-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.52-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3512080
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