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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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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros >
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.653997
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.865,05195
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.323785
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3612080
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.265-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.026-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.712-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.7277-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.754-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.937-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.561-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.522-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.4310-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.91-
508 Galaxy Common508 Gastrobrewery4.7041-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.51-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5524-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.875-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6363-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.355-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.522-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.981-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
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