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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
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? -0-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.003.372-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
Wisconie CommonPotosi Brewing Company ? -0-
Winter HazeLast Name Brewing7.103.2813-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.535-
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? -1-
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 Company6.503.6919-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8680-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8220-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -4-
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.50-0-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.948-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8622-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -7-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.556-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.003.995-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.088-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
UncommonWander Brewing5.50-4-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.204.023-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-2-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.50-0-
Topeka Beermuda TriangleNorsemen Brewing Company5.80-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Thor's ThirstOswald Brewing Company4.003.261-
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.40-2-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
The RugglesTractor Brewing Co.4.4032-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.751-
The Commoner - California CommonBarbarian Brewing5.103.562-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-5-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7173-
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