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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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Style Examples - 101 to 150 (out of 540) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.7073.01
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.1073.72
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.6073.64
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.8073.54
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.0073.8
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.5073.15
Campground CommonGranville Island Brewery5.0073.62
Secret WeaponSilver City Brewing Co.5.0073.73
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.5073.89
Commonhouse Six.One For A Good AleCommonhouse Ales6.1073.69
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngöl4.8073.44
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.8073.4
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.0063.54
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.5063.31
Steel HorseParallel 49 Brewing Company6.0063.66
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.4063.74
UncommonWander Brewing5.5063.69
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5063.9
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.5063.88
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.0063.44
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.5063.74
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.0063.81
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.2063.54
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.5063.8
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.3063.35
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.9863.86
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.6064.01
Sanitas Citrus LagerSanitas Brewing Company5.5063.47
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.4063.34
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 63.51
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.2063.22
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 53.75
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.0053.98
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.0053.53
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.0052.6
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 53.78
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.6054.29
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.6053.86
LNK CommonWhite Elm Brewing Company ? 53.9
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.1053.5
California SunBirrificio Del Ducato4.5053.16
Split-shift Dakota Common LagerRemedy Brewing Company4.7053.78
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.5053.75
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.0052.84
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.4053.78
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.4053.69
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.5053.07
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.1053.75
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.0053.66
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