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
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.906,0443.85
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.506683.72
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.302343.57
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.702343.47
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.602343.79
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.302213.82
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Brewing6.001713.8
Dampf LocLocal Option5.301683.65
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Brewing Company5.401493.82
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.501313.41
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401284.08
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.701153.56
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.101083.55
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.701083.74
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.401063.8
DerechoPort City Brewing4.80973.67
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.50923.68
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.40773.31
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.00753.78
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.20713.81
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.50673.35
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.00673.7
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70613.65
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.90573.22
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.20533.32
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.50503.38
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.60503.33
Rocket Bike American LagerMoab Brewery4.00433.32
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.00413.63
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.00403.75
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.10373.56
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.00333.72
Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird AlePortsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub4.80303.01
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.80303.61
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.80293.75
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.60283.67
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.00283.74
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.20273.52
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.20263.71
Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.20263.46
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.50263.7
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.50233.78
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30233.76
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.40233.53
1888Anaheim Brewery5.50223.48
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.50213.91
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.50213.81
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.50213.53
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.00203.48
FusionAmager Bryghus3.50203.71
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