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RATINGS: 3344   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (892) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
BB 11/7/2015. Poured a clear orange-amber colour with a few millimetres of off white bubbles that diminished quickly to a collar that laced poorly. Carbonation low and coarse. Aroma strongly of sweetish caramel malt with no obvious hops. Taste medium sweet caramel malt with a citrus bitterness. Light body. Crisp with a strong malt as well as a slightly tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 The archetypical steam beer after a late-19th-century tradition and arguably the one beer that kicked off the American micro brewery revolution. Thick, dense, stable foam on a purely amber coloured beer; malty and fruity aroma, nuts, grassy hops, soft taste with an appetising, rounded maltiness, sweetish fruitiness and nice peppery hoppiness in the finish. Liked this historical monument a lot back in 2004 and I should definitely find a new one to re-rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHult (223) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
Flaska från Systembolaget. Klar bärnstensfärgad vätska med lågt vitt skum. Doftar äpple och jäst. Jästig smak och något kryddig. Lite tunn men helt ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Padchenko (81) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 17, 2014
355 ml bootle, 4.8% amber beer with good foamy white head, although the head does not last long. A light beer, ale-like, barley malt with some fruity sweetness. Balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HammerTroll (450) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 17, 2014
Clear amber color, fast disappearing white head. Bubblegum and biscuit aroma. Medium to heavy sweetness. Thin to medium body, average carbonation. Refreshing. Not bad, but expected little bit more.
(Za Popen’t 0,35l bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle 355 ml from Za Popen’t, Ljubljana. Pours orange amber with off-white head. Caramel malty. Medium bodied. Expected a bit more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (661) - Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2014
A beer I have had many time but has taken years to rate. Pour is dark amber with a off white head. Aroma is malts,wheat and citrus. A great year round beer that is better spring summer and fall. A little like a full body wheat and larger mix. A nice sweetness mix with cereal notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (86) - CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 Pours a beautiful coppery gold with lots of creamy, fizzy head that sticks around forever. Nose toasted malt, caramel, yeast, a bit of earthy hop dryness. Toasted grain, caramel, with a bit of hay/grass, very nicely balanced with a crisp, clean lager finish. No real bold tastes, nothing intense, just a really well-executed simple beer. The great execution somehow transcends the fairly traditional taste profile, and elevates this beer to near 4/5 status. Not quite as good as their Liberty Ale, IMHO, but very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (2927) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle split with Sarah at home picked up from the Bottle:Shop St Albans. Aroma is caramel, some earthy sileage, hay, nuts and a touch metalic. Nice light amber / orange coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Clear. Flavour is caramel, nutty malts, melanoidin sugars with some dried fruits, raisin, slight tart berry lingering the finish. Mineral and slight chalk in the water profile. Hops are earthy and some grassy silage. Palate is medium sweet, with quite high carbonation. Slight crisp in the finish. Resembles a best bitter in some ways. Tasty enough malty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (70) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Dolçor del malt, caramel pansa i una mica d’herba. En boca entra dolça i acaba seca amb fruites pel mig.

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