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
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.467-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
Workman Common LagerBlue Pants Brewery5.003.3436-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2412-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.203.51-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.71-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.446-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.5049-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8544-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.77-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 3.51-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.632-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.736-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.423-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.91-
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85108-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.173-
Traditional California CommonBrimmer Brewing5.0042-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.355-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5117-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
The Golden SpruceIron John's Brewing Company6.903.751-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-0-
The Citizen W/ Pineapple And Citra HopsCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.51-
The Citizen W/ Ginger And Orange BlossomCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.751-
The Citizen W/ Dried Avocado Leaves, Purple Corn And French OakCismontane Brewing Company6.40-0-
The Citizen (With Blueberries)Cismontane Brewing Company6.002.751-
The Citizen (With Apricots)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.251-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7960-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.57138-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.547-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7211-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 3.251-
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