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RATINGS: 3344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (135) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Rich and malty start followed by a pleasant medium bitterness. Fruity, clean, and very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuideDogSaint (255) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Keg at the Faraday, Epsom. Pours mid brown with a thin white head. Metallic aroma, malt and caramel. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (214) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Pours pale, yellow gold with fine pale white head. Aroma is faint hop and yeast. Visibly effervescent. Taste starts slightly sweet malt, then adds a subtle bitter hops note. Overall, the flavors are all very mild, clean, refreshing... it does this remarkably without being "lite" or watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Draft in San Francisco. One of my first craft beers so it holds a special place in my heart. Pours a bright orange gold with a nice white head. Nose is grain and malt. Taste adds some bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Xavalias (130) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber-orange with medium off-white head, lively carbonation. Aroma is caramel, fruity, apple, spicy, sweet malts, custard, citrus. Taste is mostly sweet, little bitterness, but some sourness, not unlike biting an apple. Palate is fizzy, medium. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant, complex beer that reminds me of my grand mum’s caramel custard, just a bit more bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (947) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
shared bottle at a bar. poured a dark amber colour with a off head. bit of a standard aroma. malts, grains, caramel, herbs, metallic aftertaste. herbal hop aftertaste, did not like this beer. bit of a strange mouthfeel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2793) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Tap at Stone’s, Helsinki. Originally rated 2011. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, caramel, grain and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Peter_L (718) - SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2014
Flaska från SB. Mörkt bärnstensfärgad vätska med två fingrar högt skum. Brödig doft med en antydan av karamell. Neutral beska. Funkar bra en solig sommarkväll.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vestlake (143) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Smell is malt with a hint of hops. Taste follows the aroma pretty closely. The malt and hops are blending nicely and the taste, while not as strong as some craft beer, is great. This would be a great session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianza_ale (88) - ITALY - JUL 27, 2014
Pours a quite clear deep orange amber colour with small medium head. Smells malty, maple, slightly caramel honey; maybe a bit generic, but nice and fresh. Taste is a good sweet/malt and hoppy/citrus bitter blend, piny, slighlty spicy, very crisp, simple and tasty. Lively carbonation, and not that light bodied as you imagine, quite substantial for being 5%. It’s really ok beer, refreshing

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