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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 235) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.8311-
White Birch Apprentice Series AKUWhite Birch Brewing6.003.7510-
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.7410-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8510-
Steam BeerBrewerkz Riverside Point5.003.8310-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.948-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.828-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.528-
Cease & Desist Black LagerBog Iron Brewing5.603.668-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.618-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.57-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.937-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.77-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.687-
Death RipperTRVE Brewing Co.4.203.727-
Bjor NagalMoylan's Brewery6.003.637-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.496-
Steam PunkLost Rhino Brewing Company4.503.156-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.356-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.476-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.586-
SF-SD Bay To BayMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery5.403.966-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.766-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngö Kvartersbryggeri4.803.426-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.702.966-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.716-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.535-
The Citizen (Barrel Aged)Cismontane Brewing Company6.003.895-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.245-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.502.75-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.265-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.585-
Common GroundPeekskill Brewery ? 4.155-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.595-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.75-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.942.675-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.734-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.634-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.934-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.774-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.914-
NY CommonGreenport Harbor Brewing Company5.003.944-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.54-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.334-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.914-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
Hybrid LagerHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall5.003.31482
Gold Rush LagerBethlehem Brew Works ? 3.634-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.954-
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