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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Amber and Brown American Beer California Common


BJCP 2015 19B California Common example
19B - California Common


Overall Impression

A lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness, interesting toasty and caramel flavors, and showcasing rustic, traditional American hop characteristics.


This style is narrowly defined around the prototypical Anchor Steam example, although allowing other typical ingredients of the era. Northern Brewer hops are not a strict requirement for the style; modern American and New World-type hops (especially citrusy ones) are inappropriate, however.

Commercial Examples

Anchor Steam, Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager, Schlafly Pi Common, Steamworks Steam Engine Lager

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  • OG:  1048 - 1054
  • FG:  1011 - 1014
  • ABV: 4.5 - 5.5
  • IBU: 30 - 45
  • SRM: 10 - 14
BJCP 2015 19B - California Common Commercial Example