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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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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,86094
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.78587-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61234-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6222580
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83221-
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8121488
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.77167-
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Brewing6.003.84152-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.38129-
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69108-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91107-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company5.403.9105-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7791-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.790-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.6689-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8888-
Smuttynose East Coast CommonSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.227586
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7273-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3770-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9268-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.767-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8265-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3564-
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.902.9355-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.265284
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.7451-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing - Tasting Room5.503.450-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.5349-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.6332-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.123186
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.5830-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.903.8228-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.728-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.3927-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.826-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.4825-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.825-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.7625-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8623-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8923-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.5623-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.6521-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.4920-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.6719-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6819-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.5718-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.417-
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