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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (94) - Perugia, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a bright orange clear colour, big medium lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma is medium malty with notes if bread, slightly hoppy. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, slightly sour, nice. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Good session beer (it’s 4.8 ABV alright, but it feels like one; a very pleasant one!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (949) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper hue with fizzy tan head that settled. Aroma is bready, cereal, slight sulphur,banana, clove. Mouthfeel is refreshing with a medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a spicy hop bitterness and a slightly sulphur finish. Overall this is a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (914) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Small bottle poured in a chalice. A: Beautiful clear orange-amber color. 2 fingers creamy head. S: Fresh and earthy malts basically. Caramel is also evident in the nose. Good. T: Good, basically :). Earthy malts and some hints of caramel. Bitter hoppiness in the end. Very American (as expected) M: Medium carbonation. Balanced bitterness. Medium body. Again, good. D: High. Delicious beer. I’m definitely moving to USA! :p So that I can spend a barbecue evening enjoying all those refreshing and delicious beers... [ BA Review @ 2/20/2010 ]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden, nose is toffee, floral, taste is sweet, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
moderrnlifeiswar (59) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2014
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Clear bright copper with a thin rocky white head. Beer-y nose with toasted biscuity lager malts and a bit of creamy nougat, but it’s all dry smelling. Earthy bitter start with dry toast and a bit of biscuit lagery tones, with a drying earthyold-world-hop tone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nudiebear (118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle at bar. Poured rust orange with a finger high white head. Smells of hay, grass and fresh air. Tastes passible bitter with a nice fullness and carbonation. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ambro206 (144) - ITALY - OCT 10, 2014
Una birra nata dalla grande tradizione americana e da un famosissima birrificio sulla west coast che però non riesce a stupire. Una birra lineare caratterizzata dalla importante maltazione che dona aromi caramellati e leggermente tostati orfani però di una adeguata luppolatura. Risulta una birra piuttosto squilibrata e tendente al dolce difficilmente soppotabile per una intera pinta.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grubypawel (55) - - OCT 8, 2014
Pours hazy amber with a medium off-white head. Malty in aroma and taste. Pretty boring, but I guess this is what a California common should be. A good everyday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (613) - CROATIA - OCT 6, 2014
Hazy deep amber color, average sized off white head that quickly disappeared. Medium body, average carbonation. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, bread, bubblegum. Medium sweet taste. Interesting.

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