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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 276) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6311-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.6811-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7711-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
White Birch Apprentice Series AKUWhite Birch Brewing6.003.7510-
Steam PunkLost Rhino Brewing Company4.503.2210-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7410-
Steam BeerBrewerkz Riverside Point5.003.8310-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.679-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.569-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.619-
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.679-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.528-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.828-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.948-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.937-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.597-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.897-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.57-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.117-
Bjor NagalMoylan's Brewery6.003.637-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.687-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.47-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.717-
The Citizen (Barrel Aged)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.916-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
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-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.526-
Common GroundPeekskill Brewery ? 4.086-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.686-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.426-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.265-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.355-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.245-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.75-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.955-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.844-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.884-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.334-
Nordeast CommonDangerous Man Brewing5.103.344-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.574-
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