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 - 251 to 300 (out of 422) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Railyard Rust California CommonBosque Brewing Co.5.20-1-
Steam MachineKuhnhenn Brewing Company4.50-1-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.504.051-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? 3.711-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
Indie Ale House/ The DerbyIndie Ale House Brewing Company4.00-1-
Dirty 30's California CommonDust Bowl Brewing Company5.303.731-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.80-1-
Jolly JohnnyBryggeri Fängelset5.001.741-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80-1-
Thor's ThirstOswald Brewing Company4.003.261-
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.803.11-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
Golden State CommonGet Well ? 3.551-
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? -1-
Right To StrikeSouth Plains Brewing Company3.501.061-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewery5.203.771-
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.50-1-
Ghost Pepper Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.50-1-
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.00-1-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
KevinRefined Fool Brewing Co.5.003.781-
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.703.531-
California Common BeerMcCoy's Public House5.2031-
Catahoula Common W/ WatermelonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.51-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.60-1-
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.40-1-
Steam BeerWoodward Avenue Brewers5.103.231-
Shenango Valley SteamerBrewtus Brewing Company5.10-1-
Everybody Wants SomeAustin Beerworks4.50-1-
Oscoda Rare Steam RedWiltse's Brew Pub and Family Restaurant ? 2.91-
GlobalevandeStreek Bier6.503.751-
Benny's Brass AssNano 108 Brewing Company ? 21-
Arizona CommonSentinel Peak Brewing Company5.00-1-
Steaming Cascade California CommonThe New Old Lompoc5.903.61-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7041-
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2031-
Common KaziF-Town Brewing Co.4.703.521-
SteampunkBarley Mow Brewing Company5.0031-
California CommonPecan Street Brewing5.503.521-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.531-
Homie BrewFour Corners Brewing Company4.803.991-
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 3.771-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
California Steam BeerMaumee Bay Brewing Company ? 3.731-
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