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 315) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.5413-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.413-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.7113-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.6613-
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2913-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.7112-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.6912-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.003.7311-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8211-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.3411-
The Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.503.5111-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9511-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.9910-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.5310-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.4610-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.910-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.569-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.769-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.299-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.713.968-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.918-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.528-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.818-
Commonwealth CommonO'Connor Brewing Co.6.503.718-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.68-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.0037-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.547-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.677-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.447-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.47-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.316-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.703.196-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.446-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.746-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.546-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.586-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.516-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.245-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.755-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
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