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 Ratings Score
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.4053.69
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.4063.34
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.80293.75
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.4093.68
Common Ride4204 Main Street Brewing Co.5.2083.66
Slow Digesting Soul Eater5 Paddles Brewing Co.5.0013.66
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.7000
Steampunk AleAbnormal Beer Company5.1013.75
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.2043.65
Kansas Common With Wild Clover HoneyAero Plains Brewing ? 13.58
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.0073.8
Kentucky CommonAlpha Acid Brewing Co.5.9014.07
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80133.81
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.50153.68
FusionAmager Bryghus3.50203.71
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 23.75
1888Anaheim Brewery5.50223.48
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.906,0773.85
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Brewing Company5.401493.82
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.602363.79
Ca CommonAngel City Brewery5.5013.69
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngöl4.8073.44
California, Not CommonAngry Horse Brewing5.5000
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.1053.75
Strawberry SteamApple Blossom Brewing Co. ? 13.25
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30243.76
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.6033.15
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.40773.31
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.4043.28
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.101113.56
CommonerAtlas Brew Works8.5014.5
Coffee Common LagerAtlas Brew Works5.1013.61
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0014
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.2033.69
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.2033.88
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.8043.06
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.9983.87
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.80303.61
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.0000
California CommonBad Brewer ? 22.69
Foxy LadyBad Guy Brewery5.5000
California LagerBad Shepherd Brewing Co.4.5000
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.0014.24
Bay To BayBallast Point Brewing Company6.0014.74
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.5073.15
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 103.26
The Commoner - California CommonBarbarian Brewing5.1023.56
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.0000
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.9023.12
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 23.7
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