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
Illinois Common AleHopskeller Brewing Company4.2013.5
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
California CommonI & I Brewing5.60103.57
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.4043.72
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.1013.97
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.9034.15
Pin SetterIron Bird Brewing Co.5.2000
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.4093.86
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? 13.96
Glory DaysJackson Street Brewing ? 00
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.7013.53
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.0052.84
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.5053.07
LaobaixingJing-A (京A) Brewing Co.4.5013.7
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.8023.73
ShteamKame & Kettle4.0013.49
California DrinkingKelham Island Brewery4.8013.68
Chesapeake Common LagerKey Brewing Co.4.80103.4
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.7033.75
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.1013.53
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.6073.64
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.8013.93
Hellstork Prototyp California CommonKočovný Pivovar Hellstork5.3013.77
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 63.51
Steam MachineKuhnhenn Brewing Company4.5013.5
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 23.88
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.3043.96
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.0033.56
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.00403.75
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 24.47
California CommonLake Tahoe Aleworx4.8013.77
Winter HazeLast Name Brewing7.10133.29
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.90573.22
Inland EmpressLast Name Brewing5.2013.03
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 93.29
Cali CommonLavery Brewing Company4.5013.77
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.60513.33
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.50233.78
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.5024.21
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.5063.31
IconLittle Bang Brewing Co5.0000
Hulls & OatsLittle Fish Brewing Company5.7013.65
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 143.46
Common LingoLo Rez Brewing5.4033.75
Bluxome Black LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.0053.66
SF LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.5013.82
Dampf LocLocal Option5.301693.65
Sutter StreetLockdown Brewing Company ? 00
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.0000
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.50213.81
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