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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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Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 658) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
WestySun King Brewing Company6.70163.88
Chesapeake Common LagerKey Brewing Co.4.80163.51
Lug Nut LagerSkyscraper Brewing Company5.20153.09
UpstreamLittle Harpeth Brewing ? 153.47
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co5.80143.73
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.90133.91
Monterey CommonAlvarado Street Brewery4.80133.81
No Pants PilsnerPontoon Brewing Company5.50133.52
Rocket Bike American Lager (Non-4% Version)Moab Brewery5.50123.69
Texas Uncommon AleSoutherleigh Fine Food & Brewery5.64123.71
Danker's TeamCellarmaker Brewing Co.6.40114.17
Mill Street Jigger’s DelightMill Street Brew Pub5.00113.29
Frisco 1501 Historic LagerPublic House Brewing Company5.00113.6
Steam BeerBrewerkz - Riverside Point5.00113.82
Bad Attitude BootleggerBirrificio Ticinese6.94112.92
Stratford CommonStratford Brewing Company5.00113.82
Portsmouth California CommonPortsmouth Brewery5.50113.89
Commons AleBandwagon Brewery ? 103.26
Dragon BladeValkyrie Brewing4.50102.99
7B California CommonBig Rock Brewery4.90103.57
Gold Rush LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.60103.68
California CommonI & I Brewing5.60103.57
Steamee SummerOrlando Brewing Partners6.7193.96
The CommonIron Duke Brewing5.4093.86
Coffee CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.2093.61
Common Ride4204 Main Street Brewing Co.5.2093.67
Common KnowledgeBottle Logic Brewing5.5093.92
Cali CommonSmylie Brothers Brewing Co.5.0093.61
California Common Rye4204 Main Street Brewing Co.4.4093.68
Personas West Coast CommonFuggles & Warlock Craftworks5.1093.77
Revisionist Californian Common Steam BeerMarston's PLC4.7092.76
Mike's CamaroLatitude 42 Brewing Company ? 93.29
Carolina CommonBirdsong Brewing4.4093.7
Centennial SteamerDesert Edge Brewery4.0083.01
West Portal Colorado CommonBig Choice Brewing, LLC4.1083.49
Nikolai Brewmaster’s Collection California Steam Beer Oy Sinebrychoff Ab4.7082.96
July Talk ConversationMill Street Brew Pub5.0083.33
ContrabandBlack Market Brewing Co.5.0083.52
California CommonKnops Beer Company4.6083.59
VaporFaction Brewing6.0083.54
Park City SteamerMoab Brewery4.0083.81
Baltika Kollektsiya Pivovara Kaliforniyskoe SvetloyeBaltika Breweries5.5083.16
Red Table CommonAvery Brewing Company4.9983.87
Commonhouse Six.One For A Good AleCommonhouse Ales6.1083.85
Bee's SleazeTwisted Hippo6.5073.49
San Francisco LagerPisgah Brewing Co.4.0073.91
Golden PawBeard & Brau4.7073.01
Lackawanna Steam LagerHorseheads Brewing Inc.6.1073.78
LAF Californian Steam BeerDeeside Brewery4.1073.72
Chef Series #1: National CommonRed Hare Brewing Company5.5073.81
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