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California Common / Steam Beer /4.9% ABV / California, United States

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California Common / Steam Beer
California, United States
Tasting Notes
Balanced, Crisp, Earthy, Rich
Food Pairing
Beef, Cheese - Fresh & Soft, Turkey
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product description

America's Original Craft Beer

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Community reviews

4.615 Reviews
  • steven m simons.
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    The beer was fine but I got cans instead of bottles.

  • Garrett

    very bitter with no refreshing reward. simply bitter. hard to believe its a 33 IBU

  • Jose De Leon.
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    One of my favoritea

  • Joseph
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    I really like this beer. I wish the bottles were 16 oz. If they bottle it in quarts, let me know. I really love it!

  • Rodolfo
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  • Tabitha R.
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    Solid beer, not too heavy, not too light.

  • Robert H.
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    Never arrived

  • Michael E.
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    Received the wrong beer

  • Dina S.

    The original steam beer great session of all summer time brew

  • Mark
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    Cool brew from the San Francisco Bay.:sunglasses:


A California common, also known as "steam beer," is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale fermentation temperatures (warmer than the cool temps usually used for lagers).
When you taste a California common beer, you'll likely detect a whole lot of of toasted and/or caramel malt character in flavor and often in aroma. Often referred to as “steam beer," this style was made famous in the US by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company.
According to Anchor Brewing, the name "steam" came from the fact that they had no way to effectively chill the boiling wort using traditional means, so they pumped the hot wort up to large, shallow, open-top bins on the roof of the brewery. During this rapid chilling by the cool Pacific Ocean winds, the brewery had a distinct cloud of steam around the roof.
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