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RATINGS: 3559   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lambister (330) - FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
7.6.14. 335ml @ Bastis, Helsinki. Ruby color with shortlasting white head. Fruity, mouldy nose. Roasty and quite complex shortish flavor. Crisp mouthfeel and fine aftertaste for a lager type brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (615) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber, fluffy off-white head. Aroma: sweet malt, apricot, floral, biscuits. Low carbonated, medium body, smooth and crisp at the same time. The taste is malty and fruity, caramel, apricot. Finish dry with pine bitterness. Very rich flavors in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justsayswell (185) - Mission, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Clear copper pour. Giant rocky tan head that leaves decent lacing. Nutty, slightly metallic nose with a hint of floral hops. Light mouthfeel, lots of bubbles. Slight funk, some rye bread, coffee and nutty notes. Pine late and in the finish. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1341) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 13, 2015
Ámbar bastante oscura. Espuma poco abundante. Aroma a malta. Mucho cuerpo, redonda en boca, bastante carbónica llenando el paladar con una estupenda mezcla de dulce con algo de caramelo, Malta y sabores herbales de los lúpulos. Final bastante amargo y seco. Notable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5372) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2015
(Keg at William K. Kurvi, 20150612) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized, dense and white. Aroma had sweetness, fruitiness and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, something resembling cardboard, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, sweet and bitter. Resembles too much an old lager but surprisingly not completely bad brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Amber in color with an orange hue. Has a subtle hops flavor to it with a little bite on the back end. tastes of stale bread with a grass nose. little carbonation and lacing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drmet (368) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2015
ganz o.k -im antrunk eine recht starke hopfennote -große karamellnote -im abgang leicht süß,sehr wässrig und toast Selbst für ein quasi Lager nicht sehr komplex. Trotzdem meilen besser als die Durchschnittslager

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbonde (194) - DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
35,5 cl bottle@home in straight glass@approx 6 degrees C. Pours medium amber with off-white head of small bubbles with good retention Malty aroma with caramel and hop notes.Disappointingly light malty taste with note of bread and caramel. Hardly any hop and only a faint lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Pleasantly low carbonation and mouthfeel though rather thin body. I was disappointed by this one as I remembered it more tasteful and as I am a fan of the brewery’s Liberty Ale. Not bad, but not memorable either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (644) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle, 355mL. Home. A beautiful sparkling amber beer with a medium white head ; medium retention. Aroma of biscuit, roast, toast, caramel, light spice. Medium sweet, light dry ; round. Medium body, average texture and carbonation, sweet toffee finish. Overall, I enjoyed this beer ; a new style"California common" !! Toasty, toffee, round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Steam beer is a very good pale ale. It has a good head, but what sets it apart is its excellent malt taste. It is fairly high in hops, and the malt and hops marry very well.

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