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 >
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,92094
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8122588
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.253586
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.1410086
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.265284
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6222880
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
Steam Engine CommonFiretrucker Brewery4.90-0-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.0610-
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? -0-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.703.51-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.449-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.403.872-
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? -0-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Rocket Bike American LagerMoab Brewery4.003.2842-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.903.8228-
A Long Ride HomeFree Range Brewing5.40-0-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
5 Teeth Short Of A SmileEast End Brewing Company4.103.851-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6512-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Luscious Cream AlePinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub5.303.561-
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.76612-
California Common Collaboration With Helderberg Mountain BreweryHoney Hollow Brewing Co.6.604.171-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.845-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.903.441-
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.004.51-
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.404.1610-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.917-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
California CommonSan Francisco Brewing Company4.60-0-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.823-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.417-
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.004.115-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.613-
Spring MistSound to Summit Brewing5.403.331-
Kentucky CommonSt. Petersburg Brewing Company4.60-0-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.6521-
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