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 - 101 to 150 (out of 551) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Ratings Score
EncoreBrasserie du Lion à Plume4.6013.87
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.0053.66
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.2013.5
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.9023.89
Cashmere OutsideBreakside Brewery5.9000
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.00113.82
Lutz Steam BeerBrewery 33 ? 13.5
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.0013.68
Shenango Valley SteamerBrewtus Brewing Company5.1013.64
Soul CalBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.75
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.86
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 13.38
bricktoberfestBrickHouse Brewery5.0024.2
Breaking GroundBrookeville Beer Farm5.9013.93
Horses on the Half ShellBroomtail Craft Brewery4.9024.33
JamarilloBrowar Birbant5.6000
Jolly JohnnyBryggeri Fängelset5.0011.74
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.0042.96
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7014
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.6033.98
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.2033.62
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.3023.91
California CommonCatawba Brewing Co.5.5024.02
Steam WhistleCavendish Brewing Company4.6000
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.2023.5
Let’s Ceaux MesjokkeCeaux7.0013.52
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Hathor California CommonCerberus Brewing Company5.2013.75
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.0024.02
Ouropretana Café LagerCervejaria Ouropretana5.3000
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.7013.5
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.0023.8
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.00193.48
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.00753.78
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.2093.61
California LagerCismontane Brewing Company6.0013.69
Kentucky CommonColumbia Kettle Works5.7013.81
Golden GateColumbus House Brewery5.1000
Cali AleCommon Good Beer Co.5.0000
Commonhouse Six.One For A Good AleCommonhouse Ales6.1073.69
Bankrupt StateConner Fields Brewing5.4013.5
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.1012.98
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 13.88
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.0024.39
UndercurrentCoronado Brewing Company4.5000
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.1000
Bear Cub CommonCourt Avenue Brewing Company3.5013.5
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.0033.95
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.5000
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.6000
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