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%   [ ? ] 

View the Top Rated Beers: California Common / Steam Beer
You've had 0 beers within this style.
Style Examples - 1 to 50 (out of 563) - Ordered by # Reviews
first ← prev | 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150  | nextlast
Name Brewery ABV Ratings Score >
Bay To BayBallast Point Brewing Company6.0014.74
Latsch Local CoffeeIsland City Brewing Company4.5014.65
Common GRindLupine Brewing Company5.2014.47
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 24.47
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.0024.39
Horses on the Half ShellBroomtail Craft Brewery4.9034.34
DampfbierNew Paltz Brewing Company (Pfälzerbräu) ? 14.33
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.8024.32
California CommonFarmageddon Brewing Co-op4.0014.31
Common SenseSedition Brewing Company4.8014.3
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 34.29
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.6054.29
Engine 13The Brewerie At Union Station ? 14.25
Barrel Aged Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co ? 14.25
Common Take InBlackwater Draw Brewing Co.5.7014.25
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.0014.24
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.5024.21
Frisco 1501 Historic LagerPublic House Brewing Company5.0024.21
bricktoberfestBrickHouse Brewery5.0024.2
California Common Collaboration With Helderberg Mountain BreweryHoney Hollow Brewing Co.6.6014.17
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.9034.15
Epic Steam BikeBrasserie Artisanale La Souche5.0014.12
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.7014.12
Kentucky CommonBe Right Back Brewing Company (BRB Co.)5.0014.1
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.1024.09
Lumen LagerTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.2044.09
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401324.08
DescomunalLúdica Artesanal Cervecería5.0024.08
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.1044.08
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.5014.05
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.2024.05
California CommonHooDoo Brewing4.8014.04
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 14.03
California CommonCatawba Brewing Co.5.5024.02
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.0024.02
CaliforniationRurban Brewing5.0024.01
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.6064.01
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0014
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0014
Commonwealth CommonTin Cannon Brewing Company5.7014
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7014
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0014
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.5014
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2014
Mountain Steam LagerGrumpy Old Men Brewing5.0014
Hop CommonThe Defiant Brewing Company ? 14
California CommonRapp Brewing Company6.4014
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.4023.99
Pond SurferTown Square Brewing Co.5.3023.99
first ← prev | 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150  | nextlast