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 Avg <
Steam Engine CommonFiretrucker Brewery4.900-
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? 0-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? 0-
A Long Ride HomeFree Range Brewing5.400-
Lucky Bandit Kentucky CommonBoatyard Brewing Co.4.500-
Indiana Un-Common Bicentenni-AleTriton Brewing Company ? 0-
California CommonSan Francisco Brewing Company4.600-
Kentucky CommonSt. Petersburg Brewing Company4.600-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.600-
California CommonBauer Lopes5.500-
C'Mon Man!El Segundo Brewing Company5.400-
Bay To BayBallast Point Brewing Company6.000-
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.200-
Steam-Style AleChester River Brewing Company ? 0-
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.000-
Steel CityThe Walter Brewing Company ? 0-
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.500-
Gold RushWild Card Brewing Company4.300-
Mariestads Amerikansk DampfbierSpendrups Bryggeri AB6.000-
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.000-
Rauch Tot SteampunkRedlight Redlight5.000-
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.000-
California CommonGrasslands Brewing Company5.600-
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? 0-
Golda CampuPhantom Canyon Brewing Company5.300-
California Not So CommonAngry Horse Brewing5.500-
Ella LavenderSmiling Toad Brewery ? 0-
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.500-
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.500-
A Beer Name SueFall Brewing Co.5.300-
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.500-
BeerbierMollusk Restaurant & Brewery4.200-
Glory DaysJackson Street Brewing ? 0-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.100-
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.500-
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.700-
5th Anniversary Panhandle SteamerPensacola Bay Brewery5.000-
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.100-
Pin SetterIron Bird Brewing Co.5.200-
Toolshed Memories Kentucky CommonFlapjack Brewery4.800-
John BarleycornApocalypse Brew Works5.100-
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? 0-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.500-
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.000-
JamarilloBrowar Birbant5.600-
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.500-
Common PourSmoke Brewing Company4.900-
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.000-
Stone Lock LagerYolo Brewing Company ? 0-
Pool VibesStable Craft Brewing5.000-
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