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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is the first California Common/Steam Beer I’ve tried. Pours amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma is very pleasing and bready. It reminds me a bit of a dopplebock. I get more of this on tasting as well as sweet almost caramel malt that dominates. Very reminiscent of some dopplebocks I’ve had as well as having a nutty quality similar to something like New Castle Brown Ale. Light bitter hop finish that is somewhat spicy. I know this style is based on the lager, but I don’t get many tasting notes I usually associate with lagers. This could be due to having mostly tried European Pilsners. Still, if more American Lagers had this kind drink-ability and flavor I’d be more inclined to drink them more often.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lobs_ols (236) - LATVIA - MAR 2, 2015
Clear amber, medium white head. Light roasty aroma. Sweet, roasty, very resfreshing taste. Finishes a bit bitter and overall lovely. Need a second one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rafael52 (82) - Łódź, POLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Barwa: ciemnozłote, jasnobursztynowe, lekko zmętnione.
Piana: obfita, jasnokremowa, drobnopęcherzykowa, niestety dość szybko opada.
Zapach: średnio intensywny słodowy, lekkie nuty opiekane.
Smak: słodowy z wyraźną goryczką o ziołowo, herbacianym charakterze.
Wysycenie: średnie, odpowiednie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TedE (225) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2015
355ml bottle into glass. Caramel malt nose. Almost fudge. Slight tan head. Copper beer with minimal carbonation. Watery zingy taste followed by smoky malt and a touch of metallic hops. It’s OK but I enjoyed their other beers more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkSanta410 (369) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours a clear copper color, about a finger of white head that dissipates slowly into a fluffy film. Aroma is light caramel malts, grainy, hay, light sweetness. Taste is pretty mellow, not very sweet, not bitter. A faint caramel flavor is present with a bit of bread and grain. Palate is light body, high carbonation. Not my favorite, but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
domienS (167) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a clear amber beer with a big, light beige head. Smells malty, some caramel, some yeast. Tastes bitter. Mouthfeel is non alcoholic and rather watery. Aftertaste is a very gentle bitter. Okay beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChristianHR (204) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2015
Very rich smell of caramel, corn and yeast. Pours clear amber with a white head. Tastes sweet of caramel and corn, has almost a oily mouthfeel with a lot of CO2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YouveGotAle (4) - Cypress, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2015 does not count
Poured from a bottle. Nice effervescent bubbly head. Nice lacing. Good fragrance of caramel and malt that lingers throughout the session.taste is caramel and malt backed by a grassy even-keeled bitterness. sweet without being cloying. Dry finish. Easy drinking. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aumentm (183) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This beer is a must for every collection. It is amber and has a strong head. It is a san francisco treat that is rich and well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (20) - POLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle, bb 8.2016. Amber color, very nice creamy head with small bubbles and nice lacing. Nice sweet, malty aromas. Bitterness low to medium. Worth trying, although do not expect too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tillmac62 (314) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours a clear medium amber with a touch of ruby. World Class head volume, lacing and retention. Nice light nose of caramel and biscuit. Heavy light bodied with a touch of creamy texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is reasonably intense, fairly well balanced and slightly complex. It begins with a moderate earthy bitterness that slowly fades to a mild caramel and biscuit sweetness. The middle has a slight lemon zest like citrus note. The finish is a slow fade of earthy and zest bitterness that lingers.

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