Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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%   [ ? ] 

View the Top Rated Beers: California Common / Steam Beer
You've had 0 beers within this style.
Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 374) - Ordered by # Reviews
firstprev| 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200  | nextlast
Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7914-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.5314-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.30-13-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.7513-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2813-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6512-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.712-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.00-12-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.6412-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5112-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.2911-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8811-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.943.0911-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.9910-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.610-
Commonwealth CommonO'Connor Brewing Co.6.503.4410-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.6910-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.699-
Coffee MustacheBell's Brewery, Inc.6.00-9-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.549-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.069-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.659-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.503.258-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.768-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.788-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.037-
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.702.677-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.617-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.40-7-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.417-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.477-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.596-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.703.036-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.676-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.416-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.556-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.576-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.546-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.503.056-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
firstprev| 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200  | nextlast