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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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Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 281) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.86451995
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.51403-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.48207-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.84206-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71199-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.63119-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3511480
The Last SpikeCigar City Brewing7.403.6397-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6884-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.5583-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8582-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.5680-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7677-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.759-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7953-
Boston Steam PieJack's Abby Brewing5.003.6452-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2151-
California RouteNew Belgium Brewing5.503.9151-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7150-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6747-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3446-
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.9346-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.2841-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.0139-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.333684
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2836-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.7336-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.673697
District CommonAtlas Brew Works ? 3.4735-
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7732-
Icon Series: Texas CommonSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.703.7132-
Workman Common LagerBlue Pants Brewery5.003.3532-
ZephyrLagunitas Brewing Company7.203.8829-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6726-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7324-
Chrome SatanHilliard's Beer5.703.4422-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5320-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8319-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6717-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
The Village RezerveShort's Brewing Company4.503.4816-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7315-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8514-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4314-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9113-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9413-
Enthalpy Of VaporizationCigar City Brewing5.403.3613-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7713-
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