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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 422) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.736-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.50-6-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -6-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
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-
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewhouse5.80-5-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.915-
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-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.90-5-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.545-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery4.50-5-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.765-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.10-5-
Mal Du PaysBrooklyn Brewery5.504.425-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-4-
UncommonWander Brewing5.50-4-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.654-
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-
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.00-4-
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-
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-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.814-
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-
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