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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
Steam Engine CommonFiretrucker Brewery4.90-0-
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? -0-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
California CommonSan Francisco Brewing Company4.60-0-
Kentucky CommonSt. Petersburg Brewing Company4.60-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
C'Mon Man!El Segundo Brewing Company5.40-0-
Cowcatcher AleRoundhouse Brewery4.50-0-
Brewmasters Collection California Steam BeerCarlsberg Danmark A/S4.70-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Steel CityThe Walter Brewing Company ? -0-
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.50-0-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Rauch Tot SteampunkRedlight Redlight5.00-0-
Corliss California CommonWarped Wing Brewing Company5.25-0-
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.00-0-
California CommonGrasslands Brewing Company5.60-0-
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? -0-
Golda CampuPhantom Canyon Brewing Company5.30-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
Catahoula Common W/ RaspberryGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70-0-
Steampunk AleAbnormal Beer Company5.10-0-
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.50-0-
53207Enlightened Brewing Company5.00-0-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.30-0-
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.50-0-
Glory DaysJackson Street Brewing ? -0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.70-0-
5th Anniversary Panhandle SteamerPensacola Bay Brewery5.00-0-
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.10-0-
Pin SetterIron Bird Brewing Co.5.20-0-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Steam Me Up, Scotty! (w/ Beachwood Brewing)Drake's Brewing Co.5.50-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company6.90-0-
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.50-0-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
Stone Lock LagerYolo Brewing Company ? -0-
ParovoyeRepublic Beer ? -0-
TeatotalerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers ? -0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.00-0-
Common SenseStones Throw Brewing Co.5.00-0-
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.60-0-
California LagerOslo Brewing Co.4.70-0-
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