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RATINGS: 3438   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
CA_Transplant (4) - USA - JAN 5, 2013
Haven’t had it in a while. Just as good as I remember it. Makes me wish I was back home in Northern California.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (747) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 25, 2015
Clear amber, minimal cream head Caramel, brown sugar Caramel, brown suga, hops Simple but not banal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (133) - Minneapolis, - JAN 21, 2015
Excellent session beer, amber in color. Taste is light caramel and subtle hops with a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vinx (72) - ITALY - JAN 21, 2015
Very clear orange color with a medium white foam, pleasant aroma of caramel (eyes closed it seems a bock) with some moderate fruity hints given by the yeast, as moderate is the use of the hop. Medium carbonation, medium body, really well balanced with a bitter and long lasting finish. It’s the fist time I taste a california common so I don’t have any comparison, all I know is that I’d better have bought two bottles instead of one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moravius (641) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2015
Flasche (355 ml) von Bierlieb, Berlin. - Rotgold bis kupferrot, fast klar; schwache Schaumbildung. - Geruch sehr mild: etwas Karamelmalz, schwache Frucht (Apfelsaft), ein wenig Pappe. - Antrunk schlank karamelmalzig aber kaum süß, mit milden obergärig-fruchtigen Noten. Stark rezent, limonadenartig, etwas dünnes Mundgefühl. Im Abgang trocken und gut hopfenbitter aber ohne ausgeprägte Hopfenaromen, nur ein wenig Heu. - Ein wenig enttäuschend: von einem „Dampfbier“ hatte ich mehr Druck erwartet. Aber von „Hopfenvolldampf“ (M. Rudolf) kann hier keine Rede sein.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JPC1524 (3) - Devon, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015 does not count
An incredible beer. Quaffable, moorish and satisfying. Perfect amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (911) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Amber with an inch and half of medium-coarseness head that fades at a moderate-to-slow rate. Aroma is grass, some lager-yeast notes, light caramel. Flavor is the same with more caramel and a soap/mineral note that is typically found in some English yeasts, on top of slight lager notes. Palate is syrupy-watery, moderate heaviness. Could be lighter. Overall, a nice session, maltier than I had expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loco_gallego (172) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Ambrée brune-orangée claire. Translucide. Mousse blanche disparaissant rapidement. Maltage toasté et caramel. Houblonnage herbeux/mentolé assez discret. En bouche bel équilibre, avec une un côté crisp genre lager. Amertume légère, s’affirmant en fin de bouche. Plutôt sèche. Disons que la légende est plus grande que la bière... bien mais pas inmanquable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (391) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance: Amber, white head. Aroma: Floral, grass, raisins, citrus Palate: Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Piw (130) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2015
341ml bottle. Clear and amber. Medium head. Low carbonation. Slightly bitter, medium sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
King_Alex_II (169) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Looks orangy with little foam. The taste is somewhat body focused. A bit watery and weird.

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