California Common / Steam Beer
This lager uses a lager yeast that ferments at warmer temperatures normally associated with ale yeast - a method first pioneered back in the 1800s in California. The term "Steam Beer" is trademarked by the Anchor Brewing Company (who produced the first Steam Beer) and so the official style name is California Common.
Ranging in color from light amber to copper, the style features a caramel malt backbone, moderate to assertive hop bitterness and flavor, and subtle fruit flavors from the particular yeast strain and fermentation temperature used.
Best served cool, 46-54 degrees, and in a pint glass, pilsner glass, or beer mug.
Light to medium-bodied. Uncompromisingly sour, but not to be compared with lambic. (Description provided by company)
Medium-bodied, aggressively hopped. Because of the hybrid yeast, less fruitiness than in well-hopped ales. (Description provided by company)
A light lager hybrid with flavor? That’s what this Alabama Common is. Clean and crisp like a lager, but with the beautiful citrus flavors of Citra hops and Rye to compliment the traditional Northern Brewer hops and hybrid yeast.
Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a brewing process like none other.