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
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? 00
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 14.03
Yoerg's BeerYoerg Brewing Company4.90163.66
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.0033.56
Wood County CommonNorth End Tavern & Brewery4.7014.12
Wisconie CommonPotosi Brewing Company ? 00
Winter HazeLast Name Brewing7.10133.29
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.0053.53
Wildcat Kentucky CommonJ. Wakefield Brewing ? 13.96
White SteamBrasserie Saint James5.2013.5
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.88
WestboundOsgood Brewing5.2013.87
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.1073.49
West Coast SteamerBrewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square5.0013.68
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.0063.44
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.50213.91
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.50113.95
Wald BierBeryl's Beer Company ? 13
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.401063.8
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30233.76
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 53.78
Very Nice Großen Bart California Common LagerGroßen Bart Brewery5.9013.74
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.5000
Verticality #3Lupulin Brewing5.0023.79
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.8023.73
VaporFaction Brewing6.0083.54
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.2043.84
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.6000
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.50233.78
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 123.47
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.5063.74
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.4063.34
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.0024.39
UndercurrentCoronado Brewing Company4.5000
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.0073.8
Uncommon SweetheartGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.2013.5
Uncommon RedTroubled Monk Brewery5.1013.85
Uncommon DenominatorReinvention Brewing4.7013.02
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.00103.94
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0913.88
UncommonWander Brewing5.5063.69
Uncharted DampfbierEmmett's Brewing Company5.0013.31
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.1000
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.2033.18
Tribute ActMedusa Brewing Company5.4014.12
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.6023.44
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.9014.25
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.5063.31
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.5000
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.1000
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