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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 - 151 to 200 (out of 275) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.5042-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.572-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
DampfbierRapp Brewing Company5.503.882-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.592-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.632-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 3.752-
Traditional California CommonBrimmer Brewing5.0042-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.652-
Nettle Mint And GingerR & B Brewing Co.6.003.52-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.022-
DampfbierDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works4.803.512-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.984.132-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.942-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
California Common Rye4204 Main St. Brewing Co.4.403.452-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.822-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)5.103.492-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.922-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.22-
LongShot 8-Stitch SteamerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) ? 32-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.892-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.632-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604293
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.222-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.922-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.82-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.472-
DampfmaschineLos Angeles Ale Works5.004.132-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.11-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.71-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.941-
Cayuse Creek CommonLolo Peak Brewing Company ? 3.751-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.561-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.91-
508 Galaxy Common508 Gastrobrewery4.7041-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.51-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.711-
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