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 - 651 to 657 (out of 657) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
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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