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AHA Guideline

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California Common Beer

California Common Beers are light amber to medium-amber. Chill haze should not be perceived. There is often a noticeable degree of caramel-type malt aroma. Fruity-ester aromas are low to medium-low. Diacetyl aroma should be absent. Hop aroma is low to medium-low. Noticeable caramel-type malt flavor is present. Hop flavor is low to medium-low. Hop bitterness is medium to medium high. California common beers are brewed with lager yeasts but at ale fermentation temperatures. Noticeable caramel-type malt flavor is present. Fruity-ester flavors are low to medium-low. The balance between fruity esters and malt character give an impression of balance and drinkability. Diacetyl flavor should be absent. Body is medium.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.045 - 1.056 (11.2 - 13.8)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.010 - 1.018 (2.6 - 4.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.60% - 4.50% (4.60% - 5.70%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (35 - 45)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 8 - 15 (16 - 30)