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RATINGS: 3702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
First Brewed: 1896, First Modern Bottling: 1971

Alc. by Volume: 4.9%, Availability: Year-round, Malt: Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel, Hops: Northern Brewer

Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other. It is a process that combines deep respect for craft brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.

Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. While the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery, it likely relates to the original practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops in a cool climate. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans. Once a nickname for any Californian or West Coast beer brewed under these conditions, today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of our flagship brand - San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Nice 3/4" off white head atop a very clear amber brew... lite lacing that dries to crusty bubbles. Aroma is bunches of toasted and caramel malts melting perfectly into earthy hops... few other brews are like it... clean, no yeast esters at all. This beer is dialed in... not really any way I can see to make it better tasting... toasted bread and lite caramel... clean bitterness and malts with a long lingering earthy undertow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bonev (290) - POLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Piwo lekko metne w kolorze ciemny zloty z ladna biala grubopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie nuty kwiatowe i slodowe, jest tez lakki karmel. Nie czuc zadnych aromatow chmieli. W smaku ziolowe bez goryczki z niskim wysyceniem. Bardzo dziwne piwo (moje pierwsze z tego browaru) ktore niestety niezbyt mi smakowalo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vinivini (1288) - BELARUS - AUG 25, 2016
Light amber, medium off-white head. Nice lacing. Smells of honey, caramel, spicy hop. Minimal alco. Medium body. Oily. Rather dry taste. Caramel (lots of). Medium grassy bitterness. Nice balance

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2016
On tap @ Anchor. How have I never rated this? Clear amber colored beer with a finger of white foam. Rich caramel malts along with toasted bread, biscuit, and floral hops. There’s some hints of citrus to go along with it. Much lighter and crisper than I seem to remember and that most other steam beers/California Commons tend to be. While not winning any favor with the beer dork crowd, a true classic and a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desolat (26) - ChongQing, CHINA - AUG 22, 2016
AROMA-Moderate caramel and toasty malt aroma with hint of nut. Light woody and minty hops aroma and faint hint of citrus. No esters. APPEARANCE-Amber color. Light hazy. Head is off-white with dense tiny bubble, don’t last. FLAVOR-Moderate caramel and toasty malt flavor with medium sourness. Light woody hop flavor. Hop bitterness is medium. Finish is dry and light sour. Aftertaste is medium-high bitterness last long. MOUTHFELL-Medium body with medium carbonation, crisp. OVERALL-Good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - AUG 21, 2016
Alla spina. Limpido color ramato, soffice schiuma biancastra. Al naso e al palato ricorda una lager con un intensa nota di malto caramellato e un tocco nocciolato più lieve. I luppoli si fanno sentire sul finale, amari ed erbacei ma non preponderanti. Una birra equilibrata e poco impegnativa, di corpo medio, iconica.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
labeerinthum (544) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 13, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2016 Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso è decisamente orientato verso il luppolo. L’intensità olfattiva è elevata e la persistenza olfattiva è apprezzabile. Il cappello di schiuma ha una buona tenuta, formato da bollicine medio-fini a carbonazione abbondante. La consistenza del liquido è limpida. La frizzantezza è scarsa. Il colore è ambrato. Il corpo è strutturato non pesante. L’amaro è medio. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono luppolate. Il finale è amarognolo, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto è poco meno che intenso. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di caramello, miele, frutta secca, resina, fiori, agrumi e pompelmo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (94) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Light malty nose with a touch of resin and lemon notes. Medium body with emphasis on the malt and nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness. Hop flavors very reminiscent of English beers. A tour of roasted malt notes. Bitter finish, but not at all harsh. Packs a lot of flavor and body in a 4.9% beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wyldeturkey101 (83) - - AUG 11, 2016
pours into a yellowish terracotta with a white head. the aroma is that of fresh grapes but a very weak smell as if anything pleasant you may have got from it was by accident. the flavor is similar to that of your generic lagers, think tuborg. not the most enjoyable beer ive had, probably wont have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Echon (370) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2016
Reddish golden. Caramel malt and light hops in both aroma and flavour. Mild and refreshing taste, with light sweetness and a rounded bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with low carbonation. Overall, a good steam beer. Simple, tasty and refreshing.

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