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 Avg Ratings Bros
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
Stone Lock LagerYolo Brewing Company ? -0-
Yoerg's BeerYoerg Brewing Company4.903.6615-
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.50-0-
Steam BeerWoodward Avenue Brewers5.103.231-
Campanile CommonWooden Legs Brewing Company5.0041-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.713-
Conscription LagerWild Run Brewery4.903.831-
Gold RushWild Card Brewing Company4.30-0-
Commonwealth AleWild Card Brewing Company4.703.111-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61234-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company4.402.933-
LNK CommonWhite Elm Brewing Company ? 3.682-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.6817-
Chinook CommonWet Coast Brewing Company5.703.732-
Are You Kidding Me?Werk Force Brewing Co5.704.191-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
UncommonWander Brewing5.503.654-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
GoldrushWagner Valley Brewing Co.5.203.771-
California SteamVillage Idiot Brewing Company5.203.341-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.903.8228-
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.403.832-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.503.39-
Double OverhandUrban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant4.80-0-
Plow To Pint: Maple California CommonUrban Growler5.503.022-
Pier 314Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten5.503.781-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.324-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.982-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.882-
Pid ParovTsypa4.503.471-
Sidewalk SurferTrouble Brewing5.00-0-
Scratch Beer 255 - 2016 (Red Steam Common Ale)Tröegs Brewing Company6.503.776-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Cali CommonTributary Brewing Co.5.603.931-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? 3.711-
The RugglesTractor Brewing Co.4.4032-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.0610-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.76612-
Cali CommonTopa Topa Brewing5.003.892-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.3927-
Commonwealth CommonTin Cannon Brewing Company5.7041-
Cellar SteamTimber Creek Tap & Table5.303.561-
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.4150-
Grand Esteemer San Francisco LagerThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub5.003.872-
Steel CityThe Walter Brewing Company ? -0-
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