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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
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.613-
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.504.568-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.462-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.44-
4-23 DampfbierNorth Jetty Brewing5.604.352-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
DampfbierNew Paltz Brewing Company (Pfälzerbräu) ? 4.331-
Common SenseSedition Brewing Company ? 4.31-
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.004.274-
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.004.241-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604.245-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
Smuttynose East Coast CommonSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.227586
Are You Kidding Me?Werk Force Brewing Co5.704.191-
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.604.183-
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.104.142-
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.004.121-
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.704.121-
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.004.082-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.0610-
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.504.051-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
CaliforniationRurban Brewing5.004.022-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Swordfish TromboneSeven Sheds Brewery6.2041-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7041-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.5041-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.2044-
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 41-
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4041-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.982-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.976-
Decadence 2016 Imperial California Common AleAleSmith Brewing Company9.503.975-
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.103.971-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 3.951-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.403.958-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.948-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.503.941-
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