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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 288) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Winter HazeDale Bros. Brewery7.103.2612-
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.7311-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.3411-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.4410-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8310-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.9710-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.910-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.910-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.619-
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-
PrevAleCentral City Brewing7.004.128-
Common Get ItRussian River Brewing Company5.003.758-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.604.138-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.658-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.698-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.68-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.927-
Yoshi's NectarThree Pints Brewpub5.303.467-
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-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.002.996-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
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-
Stalin's OrganTo Øl6.003.646-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.836-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.245-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.365-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.245-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.865-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.695-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.255-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.515-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.145-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.944-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.754-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.703.334-
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