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 - 151 to 200 (out of 313) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
The CompanyBarley Mow Brewing Company5.403.133-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.583-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.323-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.403.823-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.253-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.733-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.392-
Bee's SleazeRude Hippo Brewing Company6.503.622-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.752-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.372-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.522-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.403.742-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.892-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.203.382-
Steam BeerSisyphus Brewing ? 4.062-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.892-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 1.88250
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.712-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.542-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.003.542-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.552-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.52-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.103.312-
Nettle Mint And GingerR & B Brewing Co.6.003.52-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co.5.103.482-
Eight & EasyDouble Mountain Brewery & Taproom5.603.832-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604295
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.212-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Kentucky CommonDeep Cove Brewers and Distillers4.203.392-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.442-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 3.022-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
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