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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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Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 536) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings Score >
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.6033.98
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80123.97
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
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.50113.95
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.00103.94
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 43.94
Gammie California Steam AleHammond River Brewing5.3013.94
Goin' Back to CaliTailGate Beer5.8013.94
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.5083.93
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.8013.93
Breaking GroundBrookeville Beer Farm5.9013.93
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 13.92
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.5043.92
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.0023.92
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
The Painter'sNoble Brewer Beer Company5.3033.9
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
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
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.5063.88
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
WestboundOsgood Brewing5.2013.87
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.86
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