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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 396) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.385-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.845-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.535-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.015-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.945-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-5-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.545-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.765-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.855-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.10-5-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -5-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.654-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.944-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.524-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.684-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.44-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.674-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.534-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.694-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery4.503.724-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.724-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.074-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.60-4-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.614-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.2044-
Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.20-4-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.324-
Mal Du PaysBrooklyn Brewery5.50-4-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.823-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.613-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.643-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.533-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.003.53-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-3-
UncommonWander Brewing5.50-3-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 2.443-
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