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 - 251 to 300 (out of 602) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery < ABV Ratings Score
Cali CommonHearthstone Brewery5.3053.52
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.1000
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.1023.31
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.8023.44
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? 00
CommonHigh Line Brewing4.9023
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.5022.98
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? 00
Dana CommonHonest Weight Artisan Beer5.0023.42
California CommonHooDoo Brewing4.8024.02
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.5023.8
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.8013.72
Dad JokeHops Brewery5.5000
Illinois Common AleHopskeller Brewing Company4.2013.5
Gold RushHopstix6.0000
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
California CommonI & I Brewing5.60103.57
Steamline LagerIconyc Brewing Company5.5014.44
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.4043.72
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.1013.97
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.9053.83
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
California LagerJubeck New World Brewing4.8000
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.8023.73
ShteamKame & Kettle4.0013.49
California DrinkingKelham Island Brewery4.8013.68
Chesapeake Common LagerKey Brewing Co.4.80113.41
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
Common EileenLa Cumbre Brewing Co.5.6013.63
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.3043.96
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.0043.41
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.00403.75
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 24.47
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.90583.24
Inland EmpressLast Name Brewing5.2013.03
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 93.29
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