Description

The California common is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale fermentation temperatures. There is a noticeable degree of toasted malt and/or caramel-like malt character in flavor and often in aroma. Often referred to as “steam beer” and made famous by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company. Seek out woody and mint flavor from the Northern Brewer hops.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    8 - 15
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    35 - 45
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    4.6% - 5.7%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable to Mild
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop flavor is low to medium-low and may present as Woody, Rustic, or Minty. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Noticeable caramel-type malt flavor should be present
  • Yeast Esters
    Fruity-ester aromas, if present, should be low to medium-low
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Drying
  • Carbonation
    Medium to High
  • Finish Length
    Short
  • Attenuation
    68 - 78
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Northern Brewer
  • Malt
    Pale, Munich, Crystal, Victory, Pale Chocolate
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Lager
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Feta
  • Entrée
    Pork Loin
  • Dessert
    Bread Pudding
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Clear
  • Color
    Light Amber to Medium Amber
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