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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 - 51 to 100 (out of 302) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.5414-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.9114-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8514-
Steam PunkLost Rhino Brewing Company4.503.2213-
Enthalpy Of VaporizationCigar City Brewing5.403.3613-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.712-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.6712-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.6512-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2412-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.4111-
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.7311-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7410-
Steam BeerBrewerkz Riverside Point5.003.8310-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.910-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.299-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.468-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.918-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.528-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.828-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.298-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.948-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.937-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.547-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.117-
Bjor NagalMoylan's Brewery6.003.637-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.687-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.47-
The Citizen (Barrel Aged)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.916-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.466-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
SF-SD Bay To BayMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery5.403.966-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.446-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.736-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.566-
Common GroundPeekskill Brewery ? 4.086-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.836-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.426-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.265-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.713.975-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.875-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.355-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.245-
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