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
McSteamyBarnaby Brewing Company4.5013.72
Cutthroat CommonBarnhouse Brewery5.0023.45
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.20293.68
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4012
San Andreas Beachfront Batch Brewing Company4.2014
California CommonBauer Lopes5.5013.6
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.401073.8
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.302353.57
Kentucky CommonBe Right Back Brewing Company (BRB Co.)5.0014.1
Kentucky frackin commonBeach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant ? 13
Steam 202Beach Hut Brewery4.7000
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.5014.05
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.7073.01
Magyar VándorBékésszentandrási Serfőzde (Agro Flott Bt.)5.6033.79
Headwall DampfbierBench Creek Brewing5.5023.55
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.9033.6
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.50213.53
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 13
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 53.78
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? 23.88
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co5.80133.69
Barrel Aged Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co ? 14.25
Painted FortuneBhramari Brewing Co5.2014.07
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.1073.49
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.2000
Choo Choo SteamerBig River Grille & Brewing Works5.2013
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.90103.57
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company6.9023.3
Surfline Gulf Coast LagerBig Storm Brewing Company6.9033.55
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.4093.7
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.0000
California SunBirrificio Del Ducato4.5053.16
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.94112.92
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.2043.84
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.0013.7
Chase The GrainBlack Flag Brewing Company5.4023.12
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.1013.41
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.0083.52
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.1044.08
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.6054.29
Common Take InBlackwater Draw Brewing Co.5.7014.25
Gold Rush Golden LagerBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant ? 13.77
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.8033.57
Lucky Bandit Kentucky CommonBoatyard Brewing Co.4.5000
Duke City LagerBoese Brothers Brewery5.0033.61
Railyard Rust California CommonBosque Brewing Co.5.2013.69
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.00413.63
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.5093.92
Kingdom CommonBottle Logic Brewing ? 13.59
Bozone Montana CommonBozeman Brewing Company6.3043.99
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