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 503) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Sanitas Citrus LagerSanitas Brewing Company5.503.533-
International Style SteamSecond Street Brewery4.803.673-
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.803.413-
Self EsteemFreetail Brewing Company4.404.083-
Steam EngineFiretrucker Brewery4.203.823-
CommonwealthCaboose Brewing Co.6.203.623-
American Common LagerFullsteam Brewery5.503.653-
Beery McBeerface Short's Brewing Company8.403.872-
Union StationCornerstone Brewing Company6.004.032-
Hearthstone Common ManHearthstone Brewery5.303.572-
Steam HammerChurch Brew Works5.003.82-
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.203.442-
Maisel's DampfbierBrauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.4.903.522-
Chase The GrainBlack Flag Brewing Company5.403.132-
Caliente CommonRocky Point Artisan Brewers (RPAB)5.003.532-
La VéroniqueBrasserie Dieu du Ciel!4.203.382-
Cali CommonTopa Topa Brewing5.003.892-
Common Harvest LagerHoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.5.503.792-
Last Chance LagerSweetwater Tavern & Brewery5.603.672-
Steam BeerL'Amère à Boire ? 3.882-
Red Rock SteamerRed Rock Brewing Company4.003.542-
Greenfield Village Steam StationMotor City Brewing Works ? 3.712-
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.903.132-
DampenKinn Bryggeri AS4.703.832-
The Commoner - California CommonBarbarian Brewing5.103.562-
Chinook CommonWet Coast Brewing Company5.703.732-
TranscontinentalSaint Benjamin Brewing Company5.603.442-
Yalobusha Mississippi BeerLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas5.003.372-
Tavern AleAmos Howard's Brew Pub ? 3.752-
Plow To Pint: Maple California CommonUrban Growler5.503.022-
Gadds' Common ConspiracyRamsgate Brewery4.503.292-
9-0-Brew-1-0Crooked Ladder Brewing Company4.703.952-
Magyar VándorBékésszentandrási Serfőzde (Agro Flott Bt.)5.603.82-
Proud MaryPinglehead Brewing Co. / Brewer's Pizza5.503.882-
Crystal KushTwo Kilts Brewing Co.5.204.052-
LNK CommonWhite Elm Brewing Company ? 3.682-
CloudsCynosure Brewing5.104.142-
Pour Man's BrooCB Craft Brewers5.203.512-
Little ChickenHenHouse Brewing5.103.312-
Infused Carolina Common: Citra HopsBhramari Brewhouse5.803.752-
Firehole SteamSnake River Brewing Company & Brewpub5.203.532-
CaliforniationRurban Brewing5.004.022-
The RugglesTractor Brewing Co.4.4032-
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.803.692-
DampfbierDESTIHL Brewery4.803.512-
Frisco 1501 Historic LagerPublic House Brewing Company5.003.822-
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.003.882-
This OneStray Dog Brewing ? 3.042-
StirlingLa Nébuleuse5.303.872-
Ringneck Stanley SteamerThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works ? 3.832-
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