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 - 201 to 250 (out of 524) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Avg
LocalmotiveStrong Brewing Company5.6033.67
Duke City LagerBoese Brothers Brewery5.0033.61
The Painter'sNoble Brewer Beer Company5.3033.9
Merrimack SteamerMoab Brewery4.0033.73
The ConvertAbsolution Brewing Company6.2033.61
1849New Glory Craft Brewery5.0033.41
Orbital OutrageWarped Brewing Company5.3032.5
'Armenia White' Steam BeerFlying Goose Brew Pub & Grille5.6033.58
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.8033.32
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.4033.82
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.2033.82
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.2033.62
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.4023.99
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.0024.39
Indajani California CommonCervecería Indajani5.0024.02
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.86
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.0023.8
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.2023.73
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.9023.89
CommonHigh Line Brewing4.9023
Chase The GrainBlack Flag Brewing Company5.4023.12
Caliente CommonRocky Point Artisan Brewers (RPAB)5.0023.53
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!4.2023.38
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.5023.8
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.6023.89
Surfline Gulf Coast LagerBig Storm Brewing Company6.9023.57
Verticality #3Lupulin Brewing5.0023.79
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 23.88
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.0023.71
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 23.54
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.9023.12
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.7023.83
The Commoner - California CommonBarbarian Brewing5.1023.56
Chinook CommonWet Coast Brewing Company5.7023.73
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.6023.44
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 23.75
Plow To Pint: Maple California CommonUrban Growler5.5023.02
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.5023.55
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.7023.88
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.5023.88
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.2024.05
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.1024.09
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.2023.5
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.1023.31
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.2023.53
CaliforniationRurban Brewing5.0024.01
The RugglesTractor Brewing Co.4.4023
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.8023.73
Surfline UncommonBig Storm Brewing Company6.9023.3
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.8023.51
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