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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Oviedo (6) - SPAIN - OCT 4, 2014 does not count
Curiosa cerveza de aroma difícil de explicar, muy ligera en boca y color ambarino con burbuja fina

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalaodelmar (6) - SPAIN - OCT 4, 2014 does not count
No conocia este variedad de cervezas pero me ha sorprendido mucho. Un sabor un tanto extraño pero agradable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
JimmyBoy74 (259) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
33 cl systembolaget. Drack denna hemma hos Anna och Joakim. En riktigt fräsch öl som passar en sommardag eller som denna på midsommarafton!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Getbetter (880) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
From a tap at the brewery. The pour is clear amber .it’s thin body with caramel, hops, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TelQuel (1) - - OCT 1, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Pours a clear bronze amber colour with minimal sudsy head. Aroma: Strong caramel malt character with a backdrop of fresh-baked raisin bread. The hop profile is fairly bright and floral with just a few traces of herbaceousness and dried leaves. Taste/palate: Light bodied texture with lively carbonation that refreshes the palate with toasty cereal grains and halloween toffee flavours balanced by a fairly dry, lightly bitter and brief finish. Overall: This isn’t a showcase beer. It’s not going to blow your mind. This beer does a few things well but it only does a few things. It’s well-made and well-balanced and I think most people would drink it and enjoy it. I would definitely have it again and recommend it to others. Sadly though, it’s certainly not a thinking beer and those looking for something complex will likely be disappointed. That being said, it’s certainly well above average stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Buczer (261) - Pabianice, POLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle, pours golden, slightly cloudy with white quickly vanishing head. Aroma is fruity with some malts in background. Light bitterness, bready, malty with bit of fruits. Average carbonation, light body, malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2114) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
From backlog. Tap. Had this many times. Pours a clear golden orange color with a 1 cm thick creamy head that hangs around nicely, leaves lacing too. Aroma is bananas and cream. Taste is very creamy with just a touch of bananas and pale malt. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Overall, it’s easy to drink and a solid change up to my normal stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hippieman556 (8) - - SEP 28, 2014 does not count
I thought this beer had a very alcohol undertone but has a good color, appearance and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (332) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Nice, clear, copper color with a white head. Aroma is a sweet, grainy malt with some earthiness. Tastes biscuity, grainy, a quickly disappearing touch of caramel; grainy, earthy finish. Medium bodied palate, lively carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1780) - - SEP 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-10-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber-copper color with a big billowy just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over about a 5-10 min time period to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of some more grainy smells mixed with a caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas there are some lighter hop smells of an earthy nature and a bit of grass. Taste – The taste begins with a dry bready and grainy flavor with a bit of an earthy taste. There is a light caramel sweetness throughout the taste that is most intense at the beginning (although still very light) which almost disappears toward the end of the taste. While the taste has a hop bit at the start with the earthy tastes, more hop of a grassy and light citrus nature come to the tongue bittering the taste as it moves on. Some woody flavors come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the combination of flavors leaving a rather dry, malty and decently bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both the moderate body and carbonation are rather good for the mix of dry and bitter flavors, making it a good easier drinking brew. Overall – A nice dry tasting steam beer that is very easy to drink. A good go too for something on the lighter side.

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