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 Avg Ratings > Bros
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.903.855,94694
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.503.76620-
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.703.61234-
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.303.6222880
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.603.8122588
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.303.83221-
Dampf LocLocal Option5.303.77167-
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Brewing6.003.84165-
Dry Hopped Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company5.403.87139-
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.503.39130-
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.404.1610886
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.703.69108-
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.703.91107-
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.103.6798-
WagonpartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.403.8693-
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.503.6992-
DerechoPort City Brewing4.803.7791-
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.403.3776-
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.003.7273-
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.203.9268-
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.003.767-
FullsteamFullsteam Brewery5.503.8366-
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.503.3665-
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.902.9956-
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.703.755-
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.203.265284
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.503.4150-
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.603.5349-
Rocket Bike American LagerMoab Brewery4.003.2842-
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.003.634196
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.003.7640-
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.103.253686
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.003.6332-
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.803.5830-
Dampf BierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.903.8228-
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.603.728-
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.203.3927-
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.003.6627-
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.803.7827-
Daily Bread Common AleEverybody's Brewing5.503.826-
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.203.7625-
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.503.8623-
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.303.8923-
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.403.5623-
Watchman's House Oaked LagerHoly Mountain Brewing Company6.503.6521-
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.503.8321-
1888Anaheim Brewery5.503.521-
FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.6720-
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.503.5819-
Beer EsteamRussian River Brewing Company5.653.6819-
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