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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 - 251 to 295 (out of 295) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
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-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.51-
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-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.51-
King CommonEverybody's Brewing ? 3.471-
The Citizen W/ Pineapple And Citra HopsCismontane Brewing Company ? 3.51-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.5031-
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-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.30-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.20-0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.00-0-
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-
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-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.00-0-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.30-0-
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.10-0-
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? -0-
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? -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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