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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
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Brewmasters Collection California Steam BeerCarlsberg Danmark A/S4.70-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.10-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.00-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Honey California CommonNorth High Brewing Company8.20-0-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.10-0-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? -0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
80,000 Electron VoltsDryHop Brewers5.00-0-
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.50-0-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-0-
ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -0-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
Harvest ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.00-0-
Kiwi ChronometerPleasant House Brewing Company5.20-0-
Harbor #2 LagerGreenport Harbor Brewing Company6.20-0-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.703.51-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? 3.51-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.903.441-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
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