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
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7014
Kentucky CommonColumbia Kettle Works5.7013.81
Cali Common #1Verde Brewing Company5.7014
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.701083.74
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70653.65
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.64113.71
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.6000
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.60283.67
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.6023.89
California CommonGrasslands Brewing Company5.6000
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.6033.15
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.60513.33
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.6033.44
Steamin' Willie Beamin'Denizens Brewing Co.5.6013.77
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.6054.29
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.6053.86
Magyar VándorBékésszentandrási Serfőzde (Agro Flott Bt.)5.6033.79
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.6033.98
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.6033.67
JamarilloBrowar Birbant5.6000
Common EileenLa Cumbre Brewing Co.5.6013.63
Catskill CommonRip Van Winkle Brewing Co. / Angela's Italian Bistro5.6000
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.602363.79
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.6033.58
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.6064.01
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.60113.67
California CommonI & I Brewing5.60103.57
Smuggler’s RushGananoque Brewing Company5.6000
California CommonCatawba Brewing Co.5.5024.02
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.507033.72
California CommonCerveja DosCaras5.5000
Steamline LagerIconyc Brewing Company5.5014.44
Foxy LadyBad Guy Brewery5.5000
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.50123.69
California CommonBauer Lopes5.5013.6
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.5014.05
UncommonWander Brewing5.5063.69
Headwall DampfbierBench Creek Brewing5.5023.55
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.50503.38
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.5023.8
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5063.9
Derby LagerPike Brewing Company5.50173.5
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.50923.68
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.50233.78
California, Not CommonAngry Horse Brewing5.5000
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.5000
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.5073.81
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.5063.74
Pier 314Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten5.5023.51
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.5000
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