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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Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 519) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg > Ratings Bros
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-
Split-shift Dakota Common LagerRemedy Brewing Company4.703.983-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.982-
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.503.973-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.976-
Decadence 2016 Imperial California Common AleAleSmith Brewing Company9.503.9711-
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.103.971-
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.303.971-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
LI To Me Imperial LI CommonSpider Bite Beer Company8.303.961-
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? 3.961-
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-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.503.954-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.948-
SteamerOslo Mikrobryggeri4.503.941-
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.803.931-
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.803.931-
Cali CommonTributary Brewing Co.5.603.931-
Breaking GroundBrookeville Beer Farm5.903.931-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
LNK CommonWhite Elm Brewing Company ? 3.923-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.917-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.917-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91107-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.96-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.003.97-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.970-
Raging Eagle American AleWildlife Brewing & Pizza5.003.91-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.897-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8923-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.88100-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.903.883-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company5.403.88146-
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