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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.

Ayumbomb's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2005
What an awkward situation: such a unique beer, with such a unique cultivation, and yet it is such a simple beer. It hits the spot and quenches my thirst, but it is nothing spectacular. I gave it a higher overall score, well, simply because it tastes good and its brewing is so unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (730) - SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Fresh golden pure looking pale beer which has good acidity and structure. Herbs, tree and a touch of toffee taste with a super long light dry bitter end. Subtle by modern extreme craft standards but an absolute classic and very very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wolffish (316) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
C’est tellement décevant quand ce qu’il y a dans la bouteille ne fait pas honneur ŕ ce que laissait présager l’apparence du contenant ;-( Plutôt ordinaire mais assez complexe. J’ai noté la présence du bourbon en arričre-goűt...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtnw (7) - POLAND - MAY 4, 2015 does not count
355ml bottle, excellent drinkability. It literally disappeared from glass. White head, not sure if lasts long. Medium carbonation, intensively malty taste. Some-kind of grassy aroma. Could be everyday beer - nothing strong in taste noticed. Very neutral.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jananise (69) - - APR 28, 2015
Tried on bottle. Colour is pale copper/amber, good retention of small white head. Aroma is weak. Slight pale malts and earthy scent. Taste is pale malts, bread with slight bitter hops balance. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and slightly dry. Refreshing, easy drinking beer but not massively exciting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (728) - - APR 27, 2015
deep amber color; bready, caramel malt aroma; bready malt with caramel notes; bitter and well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haavard (15) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2015
Aroma: malts Taste: malty, bitter Looks gret, the head goes quite fast tho, will probably get it again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alexi91 (129) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Supplier: The Aviator (Bristol). Low carbonation with roasted malty tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bedzinianin06 (65) - - APR 22, 2015
Barwa miedziana. Piana słaba - mało obfita, szybko opadająca, chociaż utrzymuje się w postaci pierścienia. Bardzo duże nagazowanie. W aromacie wyraźnie słodowe, do tego estry owocowe - winogrono, jabłko. Czuć miętę. W smaku słodowe, wyraźnie czuć również chmiel. Goryczka średnia. Dobrze pijalne, lekkie. To moje pierwsze piwo w tym stylu, który wydaje się determinować raczej spokojne piwa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonb5 (417) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
355ml bottle, poured into tall tulip. A: Didn’t look overly lively, golden, small head, poor retention, barely any lacing,slightly hazy. S: Very malty, also had some Saaz style floral aroma. T: Bitter malts and charcoal. M: Sticky texture, minimal carbonation, coarse edge from the bitterness O: A bit like a Franconian Kellerbier, not bad but not great either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (441) - Gdańsk, POLAND - APR 16, 2015
Piana drobna, kremowa, szybko opadła. Zostały ślady na szkle. Aromat złożony, na początku słód, potem wychodzą nuty chmielowe. Pojawiają się nuty kwiatowe i lekki miód. W smaku wyczuwalna goryczka. Nuty słodowe, ale nie są nieprzyjemne. Wyczuwalny też chmiel. Piwo dość pełne w odczuciu. Spodziewałem się mniej po tym piwie, pozytywnie mnie zaskoczyło.

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