California Common / Steam

California Common / Steam

265 beers | 3.415 Avg Score

An entirely American creation, the California Common (or "Steam Beer," which is trademarked by Anchor Brewing) originated in California in the 19th century when and where ice was not readily available. This style is therefore somewhat of a hybrid lager(-ale), which is brewed with strains of lager yeast that can effectively ferment under higher than normal (for lagers) temperatures (55-60F). At these temperatures, the lager yeasts can produce light fruity flavors that are often found in ales, while still retaining some crisp lager qualities of the beer. Additional characterstics of this style include noticeable hopping (woody and/or minty) and a basic toasted caramel malt base. The Common beers are normally clear amber to copper in color with a medium body.

Beer | Location Reviews Score
Anchor Steam
CA, United States
145
3.575
Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber
MD, United States
61
3.328
Sierra Nevada Nuthin In Common
CA, United States
12
3.374
Barbary Coast Gold Rush Style Beer
WI, United States
9
2.792
Rio Grande Outlaw Lager
NM, United States
7
2.420
Widmer Brothers Columbia Common
OR, United States
6
3.211
Sleeman Steam
Canada
6
3.055
Southern Tier 2x Steam Double Uncommon
NY, United States
5
3.288
Lake Louie Mosquito Beach
WI, United States
5
3.475
Amager Summer Fusion
Denmark
4
3.257
Morgan Street Cobblestone Steam
MO, United States
4
3.057
Baird Red Rose Amber Ale
Japan
4
3.257
Toppling Goliath Dorothy's New World Lager
IA, United States
3
3.250
New England Atlantic Amber
CT, United States
3
3.350
Whiprsnapr Root of Evil Pre-prohibition Lager
Canada
3
3.117
Radical Road Slingshot California Common
Canada
3
3.184
St. Croix Maple Ale
MN, United States
3
2.650
Flat Earth Element 115 Lager
MN, United States
3
3.234
Titletown Steam Engine Common
WI, United States
3
3.400
Mill Street July Talk Conversation California Common
Canada
3
3.234