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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 468) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.503.726-
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.50-6-
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.103.676-
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-
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.203.546-
Caz CommonHenneberg Brewing Co.5.503.736-
Campground CommonGranville Island Brewery5.003.646-
New York Common LagerAdirondack Pub & Brewery4.50-6-
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.50-6-
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.403.346-
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 3.76-
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.203.786-
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 3.845-
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.003.535-
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.40-5-
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.002.65-
Ricochet RedBuffalo Bill's Brewery ? 3.015-
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.103.915-
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.003.765-
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.603.95-
Chicago CommonKinslahger Brewing Company6.703.365-
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-5-
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.303.185-
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.983.665-
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.103.545-
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.002.765-
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.403.635-
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.503.085-
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.10-5-
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.604.245-
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.003.665-
Mal Du PaysBrooklyn Brewery5.504.425-
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 3.844-
Finga Lickin' GoodGigantic Brewing Company6.50-4-
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.004.274-
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 3.714-
UncommonWander Brewing5.50-4-
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.803.924-
IbisRamses Bier5.003.654-
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? -4-
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 3.524-
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.503.924-
Scratch Beer 255 - 2016 (Red Steam Common Ale)Tröegs Brewing Company6.50-4-
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.604.44-
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 3.54-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.003.084-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.674-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.84-
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