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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 271) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
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-
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-
Boom Clang SteamRiver's Edge Brewing Co4.902.751-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.104.751-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.2031-
Oral PleasureWet 'N Reckless Brewing7.503.461-
Steaming Cascade California CommonNew Old Lompoc Brewery5.903.61-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.851-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.051-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.511-
SteampunkBarley Mow Brewing Company5.0031-
California LagerSchooner's Grille & Brewery4.903.61-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
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-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.41-
The Citizen (With Blueberries)Cismontane Brewing Company6.002.751-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.111-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.251-
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-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.751-
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.103.431-
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 3.251-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
Northern California CommonBrimmer Brewing ? 3.751-
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.203.51-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.502.751-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.51-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.51-
The Citizen W/ Pineapple And Citra HopsCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.51-
SF-SD Bay To Bay UnCommonAlmanac Beer Co.5.403.251-
The Citizen W/ Ginger And Orange BlossomCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.751-
Boulder CommonSanitas Brewing Company6.603.51-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.881-
Cask Conditioned Common With GingerBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.503.051-
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