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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 288) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.885-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.525-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.334-
Nordeast CommonDangerous Man Brewing5.103.344-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.574-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.464-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Kuhnhenn Pure Michigan Steam BeerKuhnhenn Brewing Company ? 3.384-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.784-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.474-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.594-
Hybrid LagerHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall5.003.31482
Wild Oats Series No. 32 - Dampf PunkBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.303.54-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.913-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.153-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.173-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.793-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.723-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.963-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.913-
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.563-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.93-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.853-
'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 CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.333-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.733-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.42-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.522-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.812-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.522-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.92-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.652-
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