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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (1128) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 4, 2015
Botella. @La Taberna de Hank, Luanco. 03/10/2015 Color ambar claro, transparente, aroma malta, sabor malta caramelo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wischylini (211) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2015
Pours a clear deep golden colour, with a neat whte moderately sized head. The aroma is a blend of pine and butterscotch, with a lot of floral notes on the side, there’s also some pepper and biscuit. The taste is lightly sweet and very bitter, but it does not come off as a harsh bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Long aftertaste of pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
overtheline (100) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2015
355ml bottle pours deep amber with good white head. Nose is all malts. Some real bitter and almost sour notes on taste. Possibly English noble hops in here. Not really my thing. Could easily pass as an English bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
damzz (391) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours clear amber with an slightly off white head the leaves lacing. Nose is roasted caramel. Body is medium. Taste is caramel. Hop bitterness is light. 12 oz bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gonzin (87) - ARGENTINA - SEP 19, 2015
Adquirida en Whole Foods, LES, New York. Botella de 330 ml. Similar a una lager alemana pero algo más amarga. Buena cerveza. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1351) - Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Light amber copper. Light foamy head. Sweet caramel aroma. Light floral. Some english.Taste is floral slight fruit foamy carbonated caramel biscuit toast. Citrus pepper bitter.English Grassy.Mineral. Almost an englishy light Oktoberfest in a way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cjennings1987 (18) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Wonderful beer. A fizzy beer that hasa light brown colour. Nohead when poured from the bottle. Very strong caramel taste. Excellent beerand the first I’ve tried fromAmerica

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rayaron (877) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Shmupi. Slightly hazy copper with small beige head and lots of sediments. Sweet fruity aroma (watermelon, grapes) with notes of honey and some yeasts. Sweet fruity flavor, feels quite old, notes of honey and melon, light bitterness. Medium-bodied. Too old, unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (630) - - SEP 9, 2015
Pours brilliant clear light brown-amber colour with foamy stable white head. Aroma: without notice of an alcohol, with notes of caramel, honey, with hints of floral elements. Flavor: taste is also without note of an alcohol. Firstly is sweet, with nites of caramel and with some fruity-floral elements (also wood flavor), finish is slightly fruity-spicy. Body is mouth-coating, carbonation is mild low, hop bitterness is mild low, malt sweetness is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kespecial (166) - - SEP 6, 2015
A classic, if not my favorite Anchor. Pours a lively orange, nose of caramel. Taste is caramel, bread. Lovely chewy mouthfeel. No strong flavors, but drinkability is off the charts.

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