Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

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 339) - Ordered by # Reviews
firstprev| 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200  | nextlast
Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.825-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.425-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.255-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.55-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.825-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.65-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.625-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.184-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.054-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.474-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.703.134-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.7044-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.923-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.543-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.653-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.102.23-
Derby LagerPike Pub & Brewery5.503.483-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.63-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.883-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.943-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.53-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.713-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.613-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.643-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.573-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.693-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.762-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.612-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.892-
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.762-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.732-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.232-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.982-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.202.512-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.503.382-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.652-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.472-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.512-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.652-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.932-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.232-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.882-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.642-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company ? 2.732-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.552-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.592-
firstprev| 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200  | nextlast