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-
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.004.51-
El DoradoHighland Brewing5.404.51-
PDTEarth Bread + Brewery4.804.51-
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-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.322-
California CommonFarmageddon Brewing Co-op4.004.311-
Common SenseSedition Brewing Company ? 4.31-
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.904.251-
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? 4.251-
Common Take InBlackwater Draw Brewing Co.5.704.251-
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 Company7.404.217686
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-
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.004.115-
Kentucky CommonBe Right Back Brewing Company (BRB Co.)5.004.11-
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-
Off The HookRochester Mills Beer Co.6.604.041-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.104.033-
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-
Commonwealth CommonTin Cannon Brewing Company5.7041-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7041-
Infused Carolina Common: Citra HopsBhramari Brewhouse5.8041-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
Steam PunkNoDa Brewing Company5.3042-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.5041-
Common SpiritIthaca Beer Company ? 41-
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2041-
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0041-
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