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
"Ho-Jack Trail" Steam AleKnucklehead Craft Brewing6.8013.93
#30 California CommonVenn Brewing Co.5.0013.77
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.6033.58
100s Of PeachcotsBeryl's Beer Company ? 23.88
1849New Glory Craft Brewery5.0033.41
1888Anaheim Brewery5.50223.48
217 CommonBuzz Bomb Brewing Co.5.5000
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.80293.75
42 & 2Brasserie du Bois Blanc5.1013.77
5 Teeth Short Of A SmileEast End Brewing Company4.1013.85
5th Anniversary Panhandle SteamerPensacola Bay Brewery5.0000
710Quigley's Pint & Plate5.5013.5
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.90103.57
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.0033.71
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.7023.88
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.5073.89
A Beer of Very Little BraimFiction Beer Company4.8013.52
AberrationStone City Ales6.7033.89
Acadian Coffee Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.9023.77
Alberta CommonTroubled Monk Brewery5.4023.74
Amber SteamSteel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall5.0013.79
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.20273.52
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.906,0763.85
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Brewing Company5.401493.82
AnchormanSaucy Brew Works6.2000
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.8033.57
Arizona CommonSentinel Peak Brewing Company5.0013.32
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.0000
Back To CaliGoat Ridge Brewing Co.5.4000
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.94112.92
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.5073.15
Bankrupt StateConner Fields Brewing5.4013.5
Barrel Aged Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co ? 14.25
Batch_2Innocente Brewing Company5.1013.97
Bay To BayBallast Point Brewing Company6.0014.74
BB15 Bay SteamBaird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom5.0014.24
Bear AwayEast Side Brewery5.8022.93
Bear Cub CommonCourt Avenue Brewing Company3.5013.5
BeerbierMollusk Restaurant & Brewery4.2000
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.4023.99
Belgo/Cali CommonBlack Market Brewing Co.5.1013.41
Benny's Brass AssNano 108 Brewing Company ? 12
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.10393.57
Big JimMain and Six Brewing Company5.0013.83
Big Sky Steam BeerHalf Day Brewing Co.5.3033.42
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.00183.65
Blue SkyFifth Frame Brewing Co.5.1013.19
Bluxome Black LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.0053.66
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.00413.63
Bozone Montana CommonBozeman Brewing Company6.3043.99
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