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California Common / Steam Beer

Description:
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 280) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
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-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.502.934-
Miner's RuinDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works5.103.474-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.594-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.864-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.954-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.203.844-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.54-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.884-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
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-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.513-
Cape Cod CommonCape Cod Beer5.903.563-
VCBW 2014 Collaboration Prev AlePhillips Brewing Company7.003.753-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.743-
California Common Rye4204 Main St. Brewing Co.4.403.973-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.053-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.753-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.423-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.333-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
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-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.203.382-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.882-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.592-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5042-
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-
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