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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 294) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.203.382-
World Cup CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company ? 3.872-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5042-
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-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.52-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
DampfbierRapp Brewing Company5.503.882-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.552-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.882-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.003.882-
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-
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.303.282-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.922-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery ? 3.682-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.52-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co.5.103.482-
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-
Counterculture CommonShort's Brewing Company4.253.442-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.403.722-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.204.252-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.232-
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 IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
SF LagerSouthern Pacific Brewing ? 3.51-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.751-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Sturgeon Bay Steam BeerLily's Seafood & B.C.5.503.51-
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