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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 - 51 to 100 (out of 468) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.003.417-
Derby LagerThe Pike Brewing Company5.503.4816-
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.003.6816-
WestySun King Brewing Company6.703.9716-
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.203.091576
Summer FusionAmager Bryghus3.503.815-
Winter HazeLast Name Brewing7.103.2813-
405 Oklahoma LagerBattered Boar Brewing Company6.002.6512-
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.503.712-
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.503.312-
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.903.5911-
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.003.8811-
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.603.6611-
Washington UncommonWander Brewing5.503.8911-
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.943.0911-
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.003.8211-
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.503.8911-
Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.203.2810-
Uncommon CowboyTown in City Brewing Co.6.004.069-
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.714.239-
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.203.699-
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewhouse5.803.549-
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.702.549-
Radical Road SlingshotRadical Road Brewing Co.5.003.799-
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 3.069-
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.403.79-
California CommonI & I Brewing5.603.659-
Commons AleBandwagon Brew Pub ? 3.418-
Yoerg's BeerYoerg Brewing Company4.903.778-
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.702.658-
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.503.258-
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.003.768-
VaporFaction Brewing6.003.948-
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.003.788-
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.504.568-
Uncommonly CommonAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing5.003.918-
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.403.958-
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.003.917-
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.003.037-
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.103.67-
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.703.077-
Common Ride4204 Main Street Brewing Co.5.203.677-
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.603.557-
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.803.617-
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.503.067-
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.993.867-
Höga Höjders ÄngölÄngöl4.803.417-
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? -7-
Steam Exchange Steam AleSteam Exchange Brewery4.803.477-
Kentucky CommonSisyphus Brewing5.003.676-
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