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 - 501 to 550 (out of 554) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Nodak SteamDrekker Brewing Company5.5000
Pin SetterIron Bird Brewing Co.5.2000
Toolshed Memories Kentucky CommonFlapjack Brewery4.8000
Uncommon ValorThe Faust Hotel (Faust Brewing Company)4.9000
Coffee Common LagerAtlas Brew Works5.1000
Drifter #004 - Keystone CommonHitchhiker Brewing Company ? 00
UndercurrentCoronado Brewing Company4.5000
California LagerBad Shepherd Brewing Co.4.5000
Steam BeerParadox Brewery5.0000
The LocalCranker's Brewery5.5000
O'Siders CommonNorthern Pine Brewery5.5000
Cali Common AleBare Hands Brewery5.0000
JamarilloBrowar Birbant5.6000
TouradaWorking Man Brewing Company5.5000
Common PourSmoke Brewing Company4.9000
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.0000
Stone Lock LagerYolo Brewing Company ? 00
Pool VibesStable Craft Brewing5.0000
Humpyard Steam AleFlying Boats Brewing5.8000
ParovoyeRepublic Beer ? 00
TeatotalerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers ? 00
Uber LagerOgre Beer Comércio de Cervejas Ltda.5.1000
Steam WhistleCavendish Brewing Company4.6000
Catskill CommonRip Van Winkle Brewing Co. / Angela's Italian Bistro5.6000
Common SenseStones Throw Brewing Co.5.0000
Cuyahoga JonesThe Cleveland Brewery5.5000
UrmahlulluDiscretion Brewing3.6000
Bull Moose CommonRock'N Dough Pizza + Brew Co.5.2000
California LagerOslo Brewing Co.4.7000
Colonel Whidbey's CommonWicked Teuton Brewing / Whidbey Homebrew Supply ? 00
Sutter County CommonSutter Buttes Brewing ? 00
No SteamStandard Brewing Company4.8000
Natural Born KellerSedition Brewing Company5.0000
SteamworkTwo Thumb Brewing Co.5.0000
Lorton CommonsForge Brew Works5.5000
Good DogDenali Brewing Company / Twister Creek Restaurant ? 00
Out On The WeekendNoble Order Brewing Company ? 00
Over Yonder Kentucky CommonSound to Summit Brewing5.1000
Sidewalk SurferTrouble Brewing5.0000
Ouropretana Café LagerCervejaria Ouropretana5.3000
Caravana California CommonRadical OH5.0000
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.2000
Double OverhandUrban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant4.8000
HermannRoma Restaurant & Brewery5.5000
Back To CaliGoat Ridge Brewing Co.5.4000
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.0000
The FizzleFree Range Brewing4.2000
Wisconie CommonPotosi Brewing Company ? 00
Keller SteamOut Of Town Brewing5.1000
Sutter StreetLockdown Brewing Company ? 00
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