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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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.

Rcarpenter86's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rcarpenter86 (6) - - JAN 19, 2013
Drank in luxury in Florida. The best way to waste time. Might need a few more to finish the rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
janubio (567) - SPAIN - NOV 30, 2015
Amber colour, small head that fades soon, good lace. Smell of sulphur, caramel. Medium body, good carbonation. Rough palate. Taste of caramel, apples, some fruit. Not really the best Anchor I know, guess I’ll have to give it another try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malin_aiisa (400) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle gift from finol Clear Amber, off white head. Aroma of sweet grapes and plums. Bitter, some strange finish of aluminum bitterness. Notes of caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (532) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle. Pleasantly bitter, quite full taste, but some corny shenaningans are going on under the hood. Still, pretty impressive for a California Common.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steveuhl (2) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2015 does not count
Classic American always smooth and enjoyable, no negative attributes whatsoever

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoctorHU (140) - UKRAINE - NOV 24, 2015
The aroma of malt, caramel tones, next to fruit notes on the background of perfume ethereal. On the palate, almost palpable dimensional apple sour, lemonade tones, caramel notes. At the end comes wood bitterness. In the aftertaste again perfume tone, the bitterness stretches monotonously, it is accompanied by fruity acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozzy70 (271) - - NOV 23, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours amber with thick white head. Aroma was malty and caramel. Taste was sweet and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (326) - - NOV 16, 2015
4.9%ABV.  California Common. Poured out of the bottle a deep amber.  18ºSRM.  Maybe for sentimental reasons, this appears to be the amber hue that is most associated with good times?! Nose has some clean sweet aromas hinting at wheatiness.  Beery and very slightly yeasty.  There are plenty of sweet malty aromas  suggesting nicely browning toast, not unlike the slightly sweet, wet aroma that you get from freshly toasted seven grain or wheat bread.  There are nutty, brown-roasted flavors as well. Mouthfeel is carbonated and soapy.  Medium weight.   Very pleasing palate of nutty, caramel type malty flavors.  There are also wheaty flavors of white bread, dough, and raw peanuts.  There is also a beery fruitiness right in the middle of the palate.  Finish is lightly bitter, clean and overall still malt-balanced.  A good clean old timey favorite revived at the very dawn of American craft brewing. Goes on Favorites List!. It’s pretty much just nostalgia talking, but this beer started it ALL!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Larry_Duffman (193) - - NOV 13, 2015
I had it from the bottle. The taste is hops, grassy, bread, and slightly sweet malt. It’s very nicely balanced and flavorful. This is a solid and sessionable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerInHeaven (292) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2015
pours a clear light copper with a medium beige head. aroma is bready malt. It tastes delicious! Very well balanced between faintly sweet malt and light hop bittering. Pleasant lightly bitter linger. I could easily session this. Really good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hippoman (408) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2015
255ml Bottle from Tesco, Gilesgate, Durham. Pours brownish amber with a large, rocky, off-white head and lively carbonation. It laces very well for a bottled beer. The aroma is gassy and sweet, with caramel and vaguely medicinal notes. The taste is similarly erring towards sweet but more pleasant with enjoyable and complex thick toffee, bread and bubblegum flavours. Very nice - if they ever made a cask version of this I’d love to try it.

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