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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 271) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.865,00295
2X SteamSouthern Tier Brewing Company8.003.51422-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.71265-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.46224-
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83212-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.61132-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.56128-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.3612080
Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsSummit Brewing Company8.203.85103-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.7593-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6887-
Barbary Coast Gold RushMinhas Craft Brewery ? 2.8582-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.5681-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.6462-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.762-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.2461-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7960-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.7252-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3150-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works ? 3.547-
Brewers' Cut California CommonReal Ale Brewing Company5.903.9247-
Pomona QueenDale Bros. Brewery4.903.0845-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.3544-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.2844-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.653997
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7638-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8838-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.333685
Workman Common LagerBlue Pants Brewery5.003.3436-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.6627-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company5.903.7826-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.6126-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.7525-
Heavy Seas - Davy Jones' LagerHeavy Seas Beer6.003.5524-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8220-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6218-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.7218-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.517-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5117-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.8816-
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.5115-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091577
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.9615-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.6115-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.5414-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8514-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6713-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.712-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
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