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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 - 101 to 150 (out of 276) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.914-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.314-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
Hybrid LagerHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall5.003.31482
Wild Oats Series No. 32 - Dampf PunkBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.303.54-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.884-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.194-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.774-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Boscos California Table BeerBoscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. ? 3.583-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.913-
Pro-Am Nevada Steem BeerJoseph James Brewing Inc.5.504.273-
Quincy Street CommonIndeed Brewing Company5.003.673-
California CommonBroad Ripple Brew Pub5.004.093-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.173-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.533-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.963-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.463-
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.563-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.593-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.93-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.083-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Eugene EsteemNinkasi Brewing Company5.403.423-
Carolina CommonPort Jeff Brewing Company5.603.833-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.423-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.292-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.522-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.652-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.592-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
The Citizen (Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon)Cismontane Brewing Company6.203.632-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
Louisville CommonFounders Brewing Company4.103.52-
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.5042-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
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