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 586) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Common SenseStone's Throw Brewing5.0073.81
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.6073.64
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.8073.54
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.0073.8
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.5073.15
Rådanäs California CommonRådanäs Bryggeri5.3073.35
Campground CommonGranville Island Brewery5.0073.62
A Beer Named SueFall Brewing Company5.5073.89
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngöl4.8073.44
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.8073.4
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.0063.98
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.0063.54
Town LagerLinden Street Brewery4.5063.31
Steel HorseParallel 49 Brewing Company6.0063.66
UncommonWander Brewing5.5063.69
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.8063.92
MBC Manitou CommonManitou Brewing Co.5.5063.9
West Coast AleRobson's, Shongweni Brewery5.0063.44
Up River AmberNantahala Brewing Company5.5063.74
Common EileenBarley Mow Brewing Company5.2063.54
Santa Barbara Common AlePure Order Brewing Co.4.9863.86
Split-shift Dakota Common LagerRemedy Brewing Company4.7063.71
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.4063.76
SublimationGneiss Brewing Company5.6064.01
Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.0063.87
Sanitas Citrus LagerSanitas Brewing Company5.5063.47
Unusual2kids Brewing Company5.4063.34
Steamvent BeerKona Brewing Co. ? 63.51
Spring Training Traditional Uncommon AleMudshark Brewing Co.5.2063.22
Phoenix Kentucky KomonNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House ? 53.75
Cali CommonHearthstone Brewery5.3053.52
Wilde Mild Steam BeerThe Dandy Brewing Company4.0053.53
Cobblestone Steam LagerMorgan Street Brewery5.0052.6
Vila WaldBeryl's Beer Company ? 53.78
Missouri River Steamboat LagerBlackfoot River Brewing Company5.6054.29
Mt LeeNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House5.6053.86
LNK CommonWhite Elm Brewing Company ? 53.9
Miner's RuinDESTIHL Brewery5.1053.5
California SunBirrificio Del Ducato4.5053.16
Bluxome Black LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.0053.66
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.5053.75
SteamerJämtlands Bryggeri AB5.0052.84
California Common23rd Street Brewery5.4053.69
Steamer 3,5Jämtlands Bryggeri AB3.5053.07
Crooked CommonAppalachian Mountain Brewery5.1053.75
California Steamin'Brasserie Saint James5.0053.66
German SteinEllicottville Brewing Co. ? 43.94
Gold Rush LagerFegley's Bethlehem Brew Works ? 43.63
IbisRamses Bier5.0043.55
Bozone Montana CommonBozeman Brewing Company6.3043.99
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