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 - 51 to 100 (out of 600) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
SlingshotRadical Road Brewing Co.5.00173.67
Yoerg's BeerYoerg Brewing Company4.90163.66
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.88
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.20153.09
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.50153.68
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 143.46
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80133.81
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co5.80133.69
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.50133.52
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.50123.69
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.00113.91
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Mill Street Jigger’s DelightMill Street Brew Pub5.00113.29
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.64113.71
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.00113.82
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.60113.67
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.94112.92
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.00113.82
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.50113.89
Chesapeake Common LagerKey Brewing Co.4.80113.41
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 103.26
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.90103.57
Frisco 1501 Historic LagerPublic House Brewing Company5.00103.59
California CommonI & I Brewing5.60103.57
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.7193.96
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.4093.86
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.2093.61
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.5092.98
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.5093.92
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.0093.61
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.4093.68
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.1093.77
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.7092.76
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 93.29
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.4093.7
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.7082.96
Common Ride4204 Main Street Brewing Co.5.2083.66
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.0083.52
VaporFaction Brewing6.0083.54
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.0083.81
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.9983.87
Commonhouse Six.One For A Good AleCommonhouse Ales6.1083.85
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.0073.91
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.0073
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.1073.49
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.7073.01
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.8073.86
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.1073.72
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.5073.81
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