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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
Pours amber color with a white head. Aroma is fruity with some caramel and grassy hop undertone. Taste is also very similar and body is light. Lots of carbonation.

   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 (182) - 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 (19) - 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 (311) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (67) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Went through a fair bit of this on honeymoon in USA nice creamy head that left nice rings through pint pours amber colour medium carbonation a well rounded drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (3397) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Backlog rating. 12oz bottle from Utobeer, London. It pours a slightly hazy orange color with a lightly tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty, and medium crispy and citrusy, lightly grainy. Taste is lightly caramel and malty, and medium piny and citrusy hoppy. Finishes dry and grainy. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandon1989 (384) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
This beer pours a transparent amber color with a thick creamy white head that stayed throughout the entirety of the beer and left great lacing around the glass. There is quite a bit of carbonation bubbles floating to the top.The aroma barley, grassy, some breadiness. The taste is roasted barley malts with a nice hop presence mixed in there as well. The mouthfeel is on the medium side and it finished rather dry. This is a great beer worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markth (29) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2015
Mooi wit schuim dat lekker lang staat. Amberkleurig licht goud bier. Zachte bitters. Lekker maar niet heel uitgesproken. @hone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (155) - Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2015
0,355 l bottle, best before 5/2016. Clear, light amber with a small, frothy or creamy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Weak aroma of nuts, raisins and toffee. Sweetish, malty taste of nuts, raisins, toffee and honey. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, flat carbonation. Short, slightly bitter and pleasant finish. Not a real explosion of aroma and taste but highly quaffable and tasty. Very nice!

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