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 519) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Avg Ratings Bros
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.522-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8811-
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.003.681-
Shenango Valley SteamerBrewtus Brewing Company5.103.641-
Soul CalBrewyard Beer Company5.803.592-
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.803.931-
Steam BeerBrewzzi Italian American Bistro & Microbrewery ? 3.381-
Breaking GroundBrookeville Beer Farm5.903.931-
JamarilloBrowar Birbant5.60-0-
Jolly JohnnyBryggeri Fängelset5.001.741-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.003.084-
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7041-
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.604.033-
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.203.623-
California CommonCarlyle Brewing Co.4.303.912-
California CommonCatawba Brewing Co.5.5041-
Steam WhistleCavendish Brewing Company4.60-0-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.512-
Let’s Ceaux MesjokkeCeaux7.003.521-
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.404.1611-
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.003.742-
Ouropretana Café LagerCervejaria Ouropretana5.30-0-
RJ's Steam TrunkChain O'Lakes Brewing Company4.80-0-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.703.51-
Steam-Style AleChester River Brewing Company ? -0-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.418-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7275-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.699-
Kentucky CommonColumbia Kettle Works5.703.811-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.503.954-
Bankrupt StateConner Fields Brewing5.403.51-
Sitzman's SteamCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing6.102.981-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.10-0-
Bear Cub CommonCourt Avenue Brewing Company3.503.51-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.50-0-
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.60-0-
Steam JackCrooked Can Brewing Company5.203.134-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
California GoldCrooked Spider5.5031-
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.50-0-
Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.003.544-
Acadian Coffee Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.903.791-
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.104.142-
Forge Batch NITZL.1/California CommonCzig Meister Brewing Company5.703.751-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.533-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.917-
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