Definition of steam beer in US English:

steam beer


trademark in US
  • An effervescent beer brewed chiefly in the western US.

    • ‘Turn of the century brewing texts describe the steam beer of the day in terms that sound familiar a century later.’
    • ‘Now rarely brewed, steam beer was a traditional style of 19th century California.’
    • ‘The batch I brewed before my daughter was born was a steam beer, although I came up with my own basic recipe.’
    • ‘California steam beer originated during the 1849 California Gold Rush, uses lager fermentation and ale yeast.’
    • ‘Often called steam beer, California common is a dark lager and one of the few styles created outside of Europe.’