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RATINGS: 3679   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1259) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2016
Aroma is sweet, corn, malt, earthy hops, booze. Appearance is golden amber, light tan head, clear. Taste is decent, fruity hops mix with earthy hops, malt, the corn is masked quite a bit, the flavor is quick but it ends right. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, crisp carbonation, some hops fall off quick in the end. Overall, this one isn’t as bad as I was expecting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HopTsing (546) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2016
From the bottle poured a copper colored brew with a tan head. Well balanced aromas and flavors of malt and hops. It was too malty and too hoppy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (1664) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle. Clear bright copper with ample head and decent lacing. Smells like fresh wheat bread with a hint at lemon. Pretty well-balanced- malt forward with light hops to back it up. Goes down easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
lotsalaughs (149) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
cereal, caramel, citrus, grass, leaves, bubblegum, amber, orange, clear, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, lively, bitter Copper amber with short lived white foam. Grassy cereal aromas dominate with some citrus. Tastes a bit grainy with slight bitterness overcoming the caramel. Light in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Long lasting subtle bitter finish. With all the hype around this being the trade marked steam beer, I somehow expected better. This is a good beer to be sure, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (1192) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottled 12/30/15. Pours amber caramel, clear, frothy off white head. Aroma is caramel, light malt, kinda sweet. Flavor is caramel, malt, decent hop bitterness nite. fairly dry. Cool stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (349) - Ioannina, GREECE - MAR 25, 2016
Orange colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel. Malty flavour with notes of caramel and a well balanced hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UjoKlobasa (518) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. Amber color, clear liquid, white head. Aroma of caramel, pilsener. Medium bitter. Drinkable, fresh, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (1102) - ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2016
This classic enters my glass with a style, looking nice pure clear amber with a finger of bubbly white foam. Aroma has some rubber, bit of malt and a hint of caramel. First sip also displays some hop bitterness, body feels relatively strong for the 5% that is packed in this beer. Smooth and edges are rounded, some grassy bitterness lingering for a while after the sip has long gone. Would like to try this more fresh and from draft. Goes great with some simple cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Rich amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, some hops, & light fruit; Flavor of malt, hops, grain, and some fruit; Finish is dry and slightly bitter; Good - the standard for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chadski (52) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2016
Beautiful pour and pleasant malty, be bready aromas but flavors are quite overrated in my book. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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