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%   [ ? ] 

View the Top Rated Beers: California Common / Steam Beer
You've had 0 beers within this style.
Style Examples - 151 to 200 (out of 502) - Ordered by # Reviews
firstprev| 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300  | nextlast
Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.003.084-
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.403.674-
Bluxome Black LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.003.554-
Burlington CommonSimple Roots Brewing Company4.503.84-
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.501.724-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.654-
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.204.034-
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.803.064-
Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.003.544-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.503.24-
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.104.084-
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 3.614-
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.2044-
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.403.284-
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.503.324-
California CommonMexitaly5.203.754-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.503.954-
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.803.583-
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.003.423-
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 3.823-
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 4.613-
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.203.643-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.533-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.003.53-
Kiss Yer Cousin Kentucky CommonCannery Brewing Company5.003.723-
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.303.273-
Colorado CommonPlatt Park Brewing Company4.903.623-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 2.443-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.003.583-
Bozone MT CommonBozeman Brewing Company5.503.973-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.183-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.403.693-
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.003.843-
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.003.943-
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.903.883-
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.303.713-
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.604.033-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company4.402.933-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Lumen LagerTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.204.193-
Duke City LagerBoese Brothers Brewery5.003.613-
The Painter'sNoble Brewer Beer Company5.303.743-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.673-
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.203.613-
1849New Glory Craft Brewery5.003.493-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Steam JackCrooked Can Brewing Company5.203.543-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.533-
firstprev| 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | 251-300  | nextlast
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.