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California Common / Steam Beer

Description:
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 - 151 to 200 (out of 442) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
California CommonMexitaly5.203.754-
California CommonKey Brewing Co.4.803.114-
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-
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.003.533-
DodoOedipus Brewing5.003.53-
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.803.843-
Colorado CommonPlatt Park Brewing Company4.903.623-
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.003.523-
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 2.443-
Burdock California CommonBurdock4.803.783-
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.00-3-
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.603.183-
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.203.753-
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.40-3-
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-
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.003.063-
Steamy Cream California Common AleWhitstran Brewing Company4.402.933-
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.603.673-
Homie BrewFour Corners Brewing Company4.80-3-
Kimmy GibblerLineage Brewing5.40-3-
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.643.683-
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.673-
Bluxome Black LagerLocal Brewing Co.5.003.573-
1849New Glory Craft Brewery5.003.493-
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.302.53-
Frontier AmberOl' Republic Brewery6.403.653-
Twisted SteamTwisted Rail Brewing Company6.204.023-
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.603.533-
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.50-3-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.413-
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.40-3-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.20-3-
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.203.623-
American Common LagerFullsteam Brewery5.503.653-
Concrete Common LagerConcrete Beach Brewery5.50-3-
Croydon SteamerNeshaminy Creek Brewing Company5.80-2-
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.403.872-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Bee's SleazeRude Hippo Brewing Company6.503.442-
Gryphon's California CommonWhite Rabbit Brewing Company4.703.752-
PearlGoose Island Beer Co.5.503.642-
IncaOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.004.322-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.303.572-
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