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 494) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.617-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.337-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.503.067-
Decadence 2016 Imperial California Common AleAleSmith Brewing Company9.503.997-
Campground CommonGranville Island Brewery5.003.647-
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.103.837-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngöl4.803.417-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.477-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.676-
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.503.96-
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.503.976-
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.003.416-
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.503.556-
Scratch Beer 255 - 2016 (Red Steam Common Ale)Tröegs Brewing Company6.503.776-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.546-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.736-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.666-
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.643.726-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.503.836-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Commonhouse Six.One For A Good AleSmokehouse Brewing Co.6.103.816-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
California CommonKey Brewing Co.4.803.16-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.845-
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.004.115-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.535-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.403.885-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.765-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.365-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.303.185-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.545-
California SunBirrificio Del Ducato4.503.25-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.765-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.085-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.103.755-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604.245-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.665-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
UncommonWander Brewing5.503.654-
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.803.924-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.654-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 3.784-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.524-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
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