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 - 151 to 200 (out of 576) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
DampfbierInbound BrewCo5.4043.72
Newport Coast SteamNewport Beach Brewing Company ? 43.32
Stimulus PackageFive Seasons Prado4.5043.92
Locomotive 447Tequesta Brewing Company ? 43.5
Cornish Steam LagerWooden Hand Brewery4.3043.59
California LagerBrygghuset Finn5.0042.96
Cali-ComThe Bobcat Café & Brewery5.4043.78
Lumen LagerTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.2044.09
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.2043.65
SF LagerSpeakeasy Ales & Lagers5.5041.91
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.3043.96
Steam JackCrooked Can Brewing Company5.2043.41
ValveBlack Acre Brewing Co.5.2043.84
The Steam AleAustralian Hotel & Brewery4.8043.06
Tashmoo SteamerHarsens Island Brewery5.5043.2
CT Uncommon AleBlack Pond Brews5.1044.08
FireboxReads Landing Brewing Company ? 43.88
Common AroundSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.2043.74
Land Of Fruit And NutsAscension Brewing Company6.4043.28
Steamers Lane Uncommon LagerUncommon Brewers4.5043.42
California CommonMexitaly5.2043.76
Anniversary AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.8033.57
Madarina SteamRoundabout Brewery6.0033.42
Keystone SwankeyNorth Country Brewing ? 33.35
Prairie Fog AleFree State Brewing Co. ? 34.29
North Country CommonAusable Brewing Co.5.2033.88
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.9034.15
Steam BeerDay Block Brewing Company5.0033.53
Common LingoLo Rez Brewing5.4033.75
DodoOedipus Brewing5.0033.49
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.2033.69
Northwinds Kingpin Steam BeerNorthwinds Brewery5.3033.27
Colorado CommonPlatt Park Brewing Company4.9033.76
Cali CommonTopa Topa Brewing5.0033.78
Ruhstaller'sRubicon Brewing Company5.0033.51
Larimer Street LagerOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew ? 32.44
Surfline Gulf Coast LagerBig Storm Brewing Company6.9033.55
Coffee Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.0033.58
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 33.57
Jimmy Green’s South Loop LagerArgus Brewery5.6033.15
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.7033.75
Turbine SteamshipTitanic Brewing Company5.2033.18
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.6033.44
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.0033.56
Big Sky Steam BeerHalf Day Brewing Co.5.3033.42
844 Wyoming UncommonFreedom's Edge Brewing Co.5.0033.71
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.0033.95
Magyar VándorBékésszentandrási Serfőzde (Agro Flott Bt.)5.6033.79
CalicoBenelux Brasserie Artisanale4.9033.6
HavocBuzzards Bay Brewing5.6033.98
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