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 422) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.003.372-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Plow To Pint: Maple California CommonUrban Growler5.50-2-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.292-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
Colorado ImmigrantGrist Brewing Company5.00-2-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.512-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.103.312-
Duke City LagerBoese Brothers Brewery5.00-2-
The RugglesTractor Brewing Co.4.4032-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.882-
Bluxome Black LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.003.62-
Dry Hopped Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-2-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.30-2-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
SteamrollerMaui Brewing Co.5.103.472-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.103.982-
Grimskunk Skunk PunkHopEra5.003.352-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? -2-
Smoked Paprika & Lemon California CommonQuantum Brewing Co5.303.562-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.80-2-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.10-2-
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.40-2-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.982-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.442-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.462-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.502.972-
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.20-2-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.782-
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.40-2-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 3.72-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.703.51-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Ship Maets AleMaritime Pacific Brewing Company5.203.781-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.903.441-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
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