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 314) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
1849New Glory Craft Brewery5.003.521-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.831-
Florida CommonDunedin Brewery4.803.341-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.304.091-
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.203.51-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.911-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.381-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.503.941-
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.004.221-
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.203.131-
SteamerRooftop Brewing Company ? 3.751-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.751-
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.703.691-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.104.11-
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.103.411-
Up The Hill Backwards (Three Weavers Collaboration)Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery6.003.741-
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-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.471-
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.903.851-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.921-
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-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.00-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.00-0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.50-0-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company ? -0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.50-0-
Cherrywood CaliSmylie Brothers Brewing Co. ? -0-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.00-0-
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.60-0-
Going Back To Cali CommonMcMenamins4.77-0-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? -0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.00-0-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Honey California CommonNorth High Brewing Company8.20-0-
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