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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
Steam Engine CommonFiretrucker Brewery4.9000
​Calrissian CommonHigh Hops Brewery ? 00
Grand Trunk Steam BeerRoyal Oak Brewery ? 00
Lucky Bandit Kentucky CommonBoatyard Brewing Co.4.5000
Tight Red TogsSteamrail Brewing Company4.5000
Indiana Un-Common Bicentenni-AleTriton Brewing Company ? 00
Cali AleCommon Good Beer Co.5.0000
California CommonSan Francisco Brewing Company4.6000
California CommonCerveja DosCaras5.5000
ShapeshifterThe Meanwood Brewery5.1000
Kentucky CommonSt. Petersburg Brewing Company4.6000
Foxy LadyBad Guy Brewery5.5000
Old FaithfulCroocked Moon Brewing5.6000
C'Mon Man!El Segundo Brewing Company5.4000
Rye LagerFlat Branch Pub & Brewery5.2000
Sakura SteamLocobeer5.0000
Lubriaque California CommonLes Bières Lobeva6.0000
Kentucky CommonSaulter Street Brewery5.0000
Steel CityThe Walter Brewing Company ? 00
Oral PleasureReckless Brewing Company7.5000
Dampf SempervirensHumboldt Regeneration Brewery & Farm5.8000
California CommonSaulter Street Brewery5.0000
Gold RushWild Card Brewing Company4.3000
Serf Session DampfbierBack Bay Brewing Co.5.0000
Rauch Tot SteampunkRedlight Redlight5.0000
California CommonBlack Walnut Brewery ? 00
California CommonGrasslands Brewing Company5.6000
California CommonSalty Nut Brewery ? 00
Cash Me Out WestSurly Brewing Company5.8000
Capsaicin CommonEast Forty Brewing4.8000
Golda CampuPhantom Canyon Brewing Company5.3000
Stokin The GritsArkane Aleworks5.5000
California, Not CommonAngry Horse Brewing5.5000
Cascadian CommonPlank Town Brewing Company5.5000
MiddyFelons Brewing Company3.8000
The Hunt For Red RaspberryVice Brewing Company5.3000
Lake Andrew unCommonTilion Brewing Company5.2000
NYCommonCrossroads Brewing Company5.5000
Red SteamDivots Brewery6.2500
Common LagerOakland United Beerworks5.3000
Very Nice Groben BartThe Very Nice Brewing Company6.5000
BeerbierMollusk Restaurant & Brewery4.2000
Glory DaysJackson Street Brewing ? 00
Top DownCoStar Brewing6.1000
Rocket Science CalifornianDennis Beer Co.4.5000
Fully Inflated Amber Lager5 Rights Brewing Co.4.7000
5th Anniversary Panhandle SteamerPensacola Bay Brewery5.0000
Kentucky CommonHellbender Brewing Company5.1000
Golden GateColumbus House Brewery5.1000
Nodak SteamDrekker Brewing Company5.5000
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