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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cool_Bond (1445) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
The aroma of toffee and caramel. The taste of toffee, bread and hints of caramel. Good bitterness as not become too heavy. The aftertaste sits most of the time in front of the mouth for a long time. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devilben02 (277) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Poured from the bottle, this is what beer looks like. Its glowing amber color and thick (!) foamy head provide a backdrop for a soothing upward cascade of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The malty but crisp aroma presents a nice combination of bready sweetness and mossy bitterness. The flavor likewise exhibits good depth while still being quite drinkable. The must hop profile is more pronounced over the malty base, and there is some tangy yeastiness to add further complexity. The beer is substantial on the tongue but smooth, which once again makes this one flavorful yet drinkable. Overall, there isn’t anything here that isn’t normally found in other beers, but this has some kind of character that makes it stand out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Nice light malt aroma. Clear golden amber colour with good head. Nice smooth caramel malt flavours with smooth toffee finish. Medium body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dsmith4 (33) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Dark amber beer, slightly tepid in flavour with a hint of caramel, left a bit disappointed by this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killroy (44) - BULGARIA - AUG 8, 2014
Dark orange color with white head. Touch of grain and malt.Some hop and malt in the taste. good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (197) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Rich and malty start followed by a pleasant medium bitterness. Fruity, clean, smooth, and very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuideDogSaint (309) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Keg at the Faraday, Epsom. Pours mid brown with a thin white head. Metallic aroma, malt and caramel. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (220) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Pours pale, yellow gold with fine pale white head. Aroma is faint hop and yeast. Visibly effervescent. Taste starts slightly sweet malt, then adds a subtle bitter hops note. Overall, the flavors are all very mild, clean, refreshing... it does this remarkably without being "lite" or watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (557) - Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Draft in San Francisco. One of my first craft beers so it holds a special place in my heart. Pours a bright orange gold with a nice white head. Nose is grain and malt. Taste adds some bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Xavalias (156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber-orange with medium off-white head, lively carbonation. Aroma is caramel, fruity, apple, spicy, sweet malts, custard, citrus. Taste is mostly sweet, little bitterness, but some sourness, not unlike biting an apple. Palate is fizzy, medium. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant, complex beer that reminds me of my grand mum’s caramel custard, just a bit more bitter.

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