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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 - 201 to 250 (out of 286) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
UncommonSpider Bite Beer Company ? 3.741-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.781-
Camino Real CommonSolvang Brewing Company6.001.781-
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-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Rhinemaiden DämpfbierMetropolitan Brewing ? 3.981-
Goldminer's Daughter Pre-Prohibition Common AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.5.503.711-
Gordon Biersch California CommonGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant ? 3.931-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.91-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.302.751-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.561-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu Du Ciel4.203.751-
KirbyRowland's Calumet Brewery ? 41-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5041-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.431-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.881-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.2031-
Oral PleasureWet 'N Reckless Brewing7.503.461-
Brewer's Art Zodiac OphiuchusThe Brewer's Art4.403.781-
Effingham Steam BeerParadox Brewery6.0041-
Steaming Cascade California CommonNew Old Lompoc Brewery5.903.61-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.851-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.511-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.61-
Rock IslandVino's Brewpub ? 4.111-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.9031-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.81-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 31-
Inland EmpressDale Bros. Brewery5.203.031-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.71-
IKS Black SteamMaihama Beer Koubou Harvestmoon Brewery At Roti's House7.003.61-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.41-
The Citizen (With Blueberries)Cismontane Brewing Company6.002.751-
LongShot 8-Stitch SteamerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) ? 31-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.51-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.111-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
The Citizen (With Apricots)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.251-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.981-
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