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 585) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings Score >
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.4023.99
Pond SurferTown Square Brewing Co.5.3023.99
Bozone Montana CommonBozeman Brewing Company6.3043.99
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.0063.98
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.6033.98
Brick Maker CommonMuddy York Brewing Co.5.1013.97
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.1013.97
Cambridge House Steam BockThe Cambridge House Brewpub6.3013.97
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.7193.96
LI To Me Imperial LI CommonSpider Bite Beer Company8.3013.96
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.3043.96
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? 13.96
NorthEast SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ? 13.95
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.0033.95
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 43.94
Goin' Back to CaliTailGate Beer5.8013.94
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.8013.93
Breaking GroundBrookeville Beer Farm5.9013.93
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 13.92
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.8063.92
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.5043.92
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.5093.92
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.0023.92
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.00113.91
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.0073.91
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.50213.91
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 13.91
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.3023.91
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 23.91
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5063.9
LNK CommonWhite Elm Brewing Company ? 53.9
Raging Eagle American AleWildlife Brewing & Pizza5.0013.9
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.9023.89
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.6023.89
AberrationStone City Ales6.7033.89
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.5073.89
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.50113.89
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 13.88
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.2033.88
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0913.88
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 23.88
California CommonPostmark Brewing5.3013.88
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.7023.88
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.5023.88
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? 23.88
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.88
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 43.88
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.6013.87
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.9983.87
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.0023.87
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