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 > Ratings Score
California UnCommonMcCoy's Public House10.2013.73
Twining BineBhramari Brewing Co8.6014.19
CommonerAtlas Brew Works8.5014.5
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.4023.99
LI To Me Imperial LI CommonSpider Bite Beer Company8.3013.96
New England CommonSons of Liberty Aleworks7.7013.69
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.5000
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4012
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401344.07
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.4023.83
Mountain Goat Cross Breed Back To The Brewer Double Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd7.3013.66
Sourdough CommonSalty Nut Brewery7.3013.67
Let’s Ceaux MesjokkeCeaux7.0013.52
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.94112.92
Surfline Gulf Coast LagerBig Storm Brewing Company6.9033.55
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company6.9023.3
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.8033.57
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.8013.93
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.7193.96
AberrationStone City Ales6.7033.89
Extra Common AleElkhorn Slough Brewing Co.6.7013.34
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.88
Coffee Sloth StoutMoon Tower Inn6.6613
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.50213.91
Larimer St. LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew6.5032.44
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.5000
Replicale 2016Myths & Legends Brewing Company6.5023.4
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.4063.76
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.40233.53
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.4043.28
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4014
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.3013.5
Bozone Montana CommonBozeman Brewing Company6.3043.99
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.3013.97
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.2033.69
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.2093.61
AnchormanSaucy Brew Works6.2000
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.2043.65
Cali' CommonThe Beer Company6.2013.13
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.2033.62
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.1012.98
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.1000
Colorado CommonDry Dock Brewing Co.6.1013.16
Commonhouse Six.One For A Good AleCommonhouse Ales6.1083.85
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0913.88
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.00113.91
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.0033.42
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.0024.39
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