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 - 601 to 626 (out of 626) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
Over Yonder Kentucky CommonSound to Summit Brewing5.1000
Estimated ProphetPiedmont Brewery & Kitchen5.1000
Valley GirlRestless Moons Brewing4.9000
Sidewalk SurferTrouble Brewing5.0000
Ouropretana Café LagerCervejaria Ouropretana5.3000
Caravana California CommonRadical OH5.0000
Monty's Noble AlePinchgut Brewing Company4.8000
Steam BeerTrondheim Mikrobryggeri5.5000
Groß Lechen Dampf BierBig Lick Brewing Company5.2000
Double OverhandUrban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant4.8000
HermannRoma Restaurant & Brewery5.5000
Back To CaliGoat Ridge Brewing Co.5.4000
Aztec Steam BeerOshlag Brasserie & Distillerie4.0000
Wisconie CommonPotosi Brewing Company ? 00
Civil CommonThe Civil Life Brewing Company5.0000
Cali SteamPesky Pelican5.1000
Beer, Made NiceEvil Twin Brewing5.0000
Keller SteamOut Of Town Brewing5.1000
Sutter StreetLockdown Brewing Company ? 00
Full Steam AheadFranconia Brewing Company5.1000
South Central SteamMolly Pitcher Brewing Company4.5000
Cashmere OutsideBreakside Brewery5.9000
Smuggler’s RushGananoque Brewing Company5.6000
Cock FeatherCalifornia Common LagerRobin Hood Brewing Co. / Home D Pizzeria4.7500
California CommonBlue Wolf Brewing Company5.0000
Gold RushHopstix6.0000
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