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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
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,78994
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.78559-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61234-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6222180
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83221-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8120388
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.76166-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.38128-
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's6.003.85124-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91107-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69107-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.790-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.6786-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7684-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8680-
Smuttynose East Coast CommonSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.227486
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7173-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3770-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.765-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8265-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3563-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9262-
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.902.9354-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.265184
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing - Tasting Room5.503.450-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.5247-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7545-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.6430-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.5830-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.903.8228-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.112886
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.3927-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.727-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.8525-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.4824-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.7724-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.5623-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8622-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8122-
Mash AppealOskar Blues Grill & Brew5.003.6821-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4920-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8220-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.504.0318-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.718-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.5718-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6818-
Derby LagerThe Pike Brewing Company5.503.4917-
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