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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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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
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 ? 3.471-
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 Brewery5.903.851-
Cask Conditioned Common With GingerBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.503.141-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.203.731-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.20-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company ? -0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.90-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.50-0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Out On The WeekendBig Dawg Brewhaus ? -0-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.10-0-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.50-0-
Red Rye LagerIron John's Brewing Company5.00-0-
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.20-0-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -0-
The Citizen W/ Dried Avocado Leaves, Purple Corn And French OakCismontane Brewing Company6.40-0-
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