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RATINGS: 3412   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is on the low side with caramel and malts dominating. The taste is distinct with a rather sharp moutfeel. Soft malts, slightly fizzy and bubbly, some pears and apricots in there and a semi-dry finish. When coming to the style California Common, this is the benchmark.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DJoer (761) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
Medium white head, chestnut golden clear colour, malty sweet yeasty smell, medium carbonation and bitter, malts taste creamy mouth feeling

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (680) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle. Bright clear light brown/orange. Aroma is spiced toasted malt. The crafts adds bread crust and caramel. Medium body and carb with a semi-rich mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (633) - Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Copper/brown typical appearance. Taste of sweet malt. Not much character. Its OK

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cougfan95 (12) - - OCT 25, 2014
Pours a nice mahogany color with nice foamy head. Aroma of malt and bread/biscuits. Good balance of bitterness, hops and sweetness.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kaaduce (3) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2014 does not count
Mild sweet aroma, mild hopps, moderate bitter, very frothy, overall not my favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bastarda (107) - Freiburg, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2014
@ bartlebier’s and oldmanriver’s instructive beer seminar. Fruity nose with bubblegum and orange marmelade streaks, very balanced taste, nice caramel-malty background for fruity, esp orange notes again, light and dry, good mouthfeel, low bitterness towards the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radzik5555 (432) - Gdynia, POLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Butelka 0.33L.
Wygląd: Bursztynowe, klarowne z iskrą. Obfita drobnopęcherzykowa piana w kolorze ecru, trwała i firnakuje.
Aromat: Słodki, słodowy, miód wielkokwiatowy, toffee, wafel, jasny biszkopt, melasa, lekka metaliczność, w tle nugat i estry.
Smak: Słodkie, przypalony cukier, karmel, ziemiste nuty chmielowe, trochę ziołowe. Goryczka niska ale pozostawiająca długi ziemisty posmak.
Odczucie: Ciało niskie do średniego, faktura papierowo-lagerowa z suchym finiszem za którym nie przepadam, nasycenie CO2 powyżej średniego.
Całość: Całość nie wybijająca się, choć pewnie w stylu poprawne. Czuć, że to drożdże lagerowe ale wyczuwalne również estry od wysokiej temperatury fermentacji.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"this is another one that i avoided early, but over time i enjoyed it a little more. it’s nothing great (maybe inherant to the style), but it’s pleasant enough, with a light mahogony body, pretty good blance with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Just a little weak for me, personally, but a well done beer for the style."

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (102) - Perugia, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a bright orange clear colour, big medium lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma is medium malty with notes if bread, slightly hoppy. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, slightly sour, nice. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Good session beer (it’s 4.8 ABV alright, but it feels like one; a very pleasant one!)


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