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RATINGS: 3548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hohops (518) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle says 4.8%. Appearance is clear, light amber with a substantial off-white foamy head which lasts and clings a bit. Aroma- caramel, honey, toast, biscuit, yeast hints. Taste- bitter hops, underlying sweetness, fruity hints, caramel, toffee, malty undertones. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (383) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle 33 cl.
Clear light amber, off-white head. Malty, and spicy citrus aroma. Well balanced hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anfractuosity (223) - - MAY 17, 2015
Amber coloured beer. First Californian Common beer, I’ve tried. Easy to drink as it’s not very bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MissPxx (810) - - MAY 26, 2015
Hardly any aroma. Clear and dark golden appearance. Quite a hoppy taste. Subtle aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
venom666 (562) - Elche, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2015
Clear amber color with huge beige head. Really intense carbonation. Malty aroma, some citrus like lemon, bread and some barley. Very malty taste, with bread, toffee, floral and herbal hops and also citrus. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicko (214) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2015
First rating in yonks. Picked this up from Ashfield mall bottle o, decent enough beer but not worth the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adasko (978) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 19, 2015
W aromacie faktycznie przywodzi na myśl zaparowane pomieszczenie. Poza tym słodowość barwa złota, klarowne, kiepska piana. W smaku identycznie jak w aromacie. Super pijalność i orzeźwienie. Lekka goryczka.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2015
A true American Classic and one of my all time favorite beers. Clear amber pour with a frothy white head. Left drips of lace. Aroma was bits if caramel and woody, earthy Norther Brewer hops. Flavors were slightly sweet with a nice moderate bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Unique fruitiness in the finish, a product of the fermentation process I’m sure. Always a pleasure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cervmagpt (415) - PORTUGAL - MAY 21, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 19B). Bottle 35.5 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: predominant malty aroma with caramel notes and a very faint fresh hop note. APPEARANCE: medium amber and translucent. medium ivory head with good retention. TASTE: moderate malt flavour with a caramelly note. very low hop flavours. semi-dry finish with a moderate and lingering bitterness. PALATE: medium-low body with medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: the traditional steam beer from Anchor but with faint hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
corkyrory66 (885) - BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2015
Bière de Frisco, qui existe depuis 1896. Abv de 4,8 % . All barley malt. Couleur caramel à roux clair, appelé par le brasseur « deep amber ». Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout bien vives. Mousse beige clair, assez crémeuse, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de malt grillé, caramel, nougat, pointe de figue, fumée de foin lointaine. 1ère bouche souple, avec un agréable ensemble malt/épices légères, et un peu de bois brun. Arrière-bouche maltée, mais assez courte. 2ème au bon ensemble malt/houblon, mais fin de bouche pas complexe. Arrière-bouche toujours très courte. 3ème avec un côté grillé/brûlé qui prend de devant. Arrière-bouche plus longue, sur les mêmes nuances. Longueur avec un peu de vigne vierge, touche de girofle, mais pas vraiment complexe. Jambes marquées mais un peu collantes. Alcool assez timide sur la longueur. Finale décente. CONCLUSION : un de mes profs disait : « peut mieux faire », et c’est le cas bien sûr pour Anchor, mais on s’incline ici devant la tradition d’une vieille bière.

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