California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a hybrid style unique to the US. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer (ale-like) temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. At the time, brewers had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. In a way, the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny red in color, medium bodied, and possess a malty character. Some mildly fruitiness along with an herbal yet assertive hop bitterness are also typical. San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other examples of the style must be legally referred to as "California Common."

ABV: 4.0–6.0% | IBU: 35–45 | Glassware: Pint Glass (or Becker, Nonic, Tumbler)

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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company4.906,1373.85
Dorothy's New World LagerToppling Goliath Brewing Company5.507233.73
Brotherhood SteamAnchor Brewing Company5.602373.79
Tarnation California-Style LagerBaxter Brewing Co.5.302353.57
Columbia CommonWidmer Brothers Brewing Company4.702343.47
OscuraFurthermore Beer5.302213.82
Dampf LocLocal Option5.301693.65
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Brewing Company5.401493.82
East Coast Common LagerSmuttynose Brewing Company7.401364.07
Steam Engine LagerSteamworks Brewing Co.5.501333.41
Short's Village ReserveShort's Brewing Company4.701153.56
District CommonAtlas Brew Works5.101133.55
Wagon PartyBauhaus Brew Labs5.401093.8
Hop CommonPeekskill Brewery5.701083.74
DerechoPort City Brewing4.80993.67
Element 115Flat Earth Brewing Company5.50923.68
Ironhorse Chicago CommonArgus Brewery5.40773.31
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.00753.78
DampfbierSurly Brewing Company5.20723.81
SkjálftiÖlvisholt Brugghús5.00713.68
Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd4.50673.35
Catahoula CommonGnarly Barley Brewing Company5.70663.66
Pomona QueenLast Name Brewing4.90603.26
Rio Grande Outlaw LagerSierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)5.20543.33
Steamy WindowsLiberty Street Brewing Company5.60523.36
Common Man Special LagerThree Heads Brewing5.50503.38
Rocket Bike American LagerMoab Brewery4.00483.33
Big Boca AleFat Point Brewing5.10423.55
Boston CommonBoston Beer Works - Canal Street5.00413.63
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.00393.74
SimpleBarrier Brewing Company5.20343.68
Schlafly Pi CommonThe Schlafly Tap Room5.00333.72
Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird AlePortsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub4.80313.03
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.80313.64
33 Acres Of Life33 Acres Brewing Co.4.80293.75
Steam PunkNoble Rey Brewing Company5.20293.49
SteemboatSunken City Brewing Company5.60283.67
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.00283.74
Ampere AmberTin Whiskers Brewing Company4.20273.52
Virginia CommonArdent Craft Ales5.30243.76
Urban People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.50233.78
Palmetto AftershockPalmetto Brewing Company6.40233.53
1888Anaheim Brewery5.50223.48
Cali CommonLucky Hand Brewing Company5.50213.81
Common SenseBerryessa Brewing Co4.50213.53
Northtown NativeCinder Block Brewery5.00203.48
FusionAmager Bryghus3.50203.71
Big Sky Uncommon LagerWhistler Brewing Company5.00183.65
Derby LagerPike Brewing Company5.50173.5
SlingshotRadical Road Brewing Co.5.00173.67
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