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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 Avg Hads Bros
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.30-13-
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.003.372-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2813-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.544-
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? -0-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.203.51-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.596-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.416-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.9910-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8964-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8219-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -3-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8719-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 3.24-
Up The Hill Backwards (Three Weavers Collaboration)Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery6.003.741-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.556-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.034-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
UncommonWander Brewing5.503.631-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.203.992-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5112-
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.40-1-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.751-
The CompanyBarley Mow Brewing Company5.403.133-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.403.742-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7367-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-0-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6119780
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.803.11-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
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