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 354) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
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-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.015-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.895-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.625-
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-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.544-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.654-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.944-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.954-
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-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.724-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.534-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.724-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.694-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.724-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.074-
Cali RareMikkeller ApS4.803.874-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.74-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.60-4-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.614-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 3.24-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.033-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.823-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.643-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.533-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 2.443-
Burdock California CommonBurdock4.803.783-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -3-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.183-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.843-
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