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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregorymconway (98) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Orange/Gold body with thin frothy white head, great lacimg. Aroma has apricot, peach, and some subtle hop notes. Normal to elevated carbonation with normal alcohol. Crisp and dry on the palate. Very sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SzopPiwosz (155) - - SEP 12, 2014
Zapach z butelki: Słodowo-arbuzowy. Piana: Jasnobeżowa, drobno- i średniopęcherzykowa. Średnio obfita, średnio trwała. Trochę oblepia szkło, redukuje się do kożuszka. Kolor: Jasnobursztynowe, opalizujące z zawieszonymi drobinkami. Zapach: Słodowo-owocowy. Przewijają się aromaty takie jak arbuz, melon, śliwka mirabelka, nektarynka. Ze strony słodowej na drugim planie nutka orzecha laskowego, delikatna nutka karmelu. Smak: Podbudowa średnia, słodowa. Delikatna karmelowość, subtelna owocowość w typie jabłek, winogron. W kontrze do słodyczy bardzo delikatna, cytrusowa kwaskowość. Tekstura: Ciało średnio-pełne. Piwo gładkie, otulające podniebienie. Nie jest ściągające, nie pozostawia osadu. Mimo to na finiszu pojawia się jednak minimalna szorstka cierpkość. Nasycenie: Średnio-wysokie. Goryczka: Średnio-wysoka, grejpfrutowa. Pijalność: Bardzo wysoka. Świetnie pijalne piwo, bardzo sesyjne o świetnym zbalansowaniu. Ilość atrakcji jest spora, choć nie jest to eksplozja przebojowości jak w Old Foghorn Ale. Pamiętajmy jednak, że w tym piwie są zupełnie inne parametry. Efekt hybrydowej działalności drożdży okazuje się być bardzo przyjemny. W zasadzie jedynym problemem tego piwa jest jego dostępność oraz cena po przełożeniu na polskie warunki (porównaniu z innymi propozycjami w tym zakresie cenowym). Pomimo braku uderzenia amerykańskich chmieli, charakter piwa jest niewątpliwie w nurcie ducha rewolucyjnego. Gorąco polecam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (511) - CROATIA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle; pours an orangish amber with an eggshell colored head; has a sweet citrus and malt aroma; taste is sweet with caramel and malt; finish is wet with a light bitter hop aftertaste; decent beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (878) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on-tap at the The Batdorf into a standard pint.

A - Pours orange-ish yellow with a small one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of lightly toasted sweet buiscuity malt, earthy hops, and a touch of spice toward the end. Simple yet enjoyable.

T - The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Hints of sweet caramel malt, earthy hops, light spice, and the ever present buiscuity feel. The flavors are simple yet enjoyable. It goes down easy and often.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Light body with some lingering buiscuity sweetness in the finish.

O - This is my favorite Cali common. The flavors are simple and it is extremely easy drinking. I am glad we are finally starting to see more Anchor products in our area.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
grundsow (83) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Interesting history, nice label and bottle. Really wanted to like this, but truth is when it comes to taste this is just another boring beer. There is some lingering flavor, maybe citrusy, but just weak overall. Don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (572) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at home from O’briens. Pours amber with froth white head. Lots of bread, yeast malts. Flavour follows nose. Lasting flavour. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a rather clear pale orange amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is caramel, fruits. Flavor is fruity, coppery, caramel. Finish is earthy, metallic-mineral. Lingering grassy notes. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fajry (715) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2014
Vycap Richtar Jakub. Jantarova farba, biela pena. Vona citrusova, kvetinova. V chuti sladovost, citrusove tony, kvetinove tony, lahko alkohol a celkom prijemna horka dochut. Telo stredne, prijemna nasytenost, osviezujuce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
majorbase2 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Has a nose of bready, grainy lightly roasted malts and some very light citrus. Pours a deep amber with a very small head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Malt heavy taste. Sweet caramel and bread malts. Little bit of lemon rind with a squeeze of orange. Goes down easy, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but wouldn’t go out of my way to have it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Whatup14 (771) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Bouteille 355ml. Couleur orange citrouille translucide, mousse beige laissant une légère dentelle. Arôme de malt, banane, pâte à pain. Goût de malt, noisette léger, légère amertume en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne-élevée, corps faible.

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