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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zwartjesbier (28) - - JAN 8, 2014
bottle 33 cc in a tulipglass. Aroma is kinda thin-sweet fruit. Mostly apricots but watered down. It pours a nice redbrown with an off-white head that stays for a while. It doesn’t leave much lacing. Maybe this dampens the aroma. Taste is light bitter with some sweetness in the background. A medium body with a thin texture and a lively carbonation. Not a beer that stands out but good enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mstrcrwly (329) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass..copper with a fluffy white head..aroma of malts,some hops..crisp,malty with light hop profile..not my style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hansongreg89 (10) - CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Mild tasting, with a moderate hop presence. It really does, in some ways, have char’s of both a lager and ale. Thanks to the new hop guide, I can say that I don’t like Northern Brewer hops as a finish/aromatic hop. The hop aromatics and flavors in this beer present as a slightly woody and earthy/musty note that I don’t find particularly agreeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jado (564) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2014
From 345 ml bottle. Clear honey-Amber in the glass with a creamy lasting white head. Aromas of cut grass, raisins, honey and light citrus. Starts out with a sweet malty note that’s quickly overtaken by firmer grass and grapefruit hop flavours. Finishes quite cleanly with a gently fruity aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle from a 980 yen tasting set at Liquor Mountain with a free glass! Steam Beer - the classic that introduced an indigenous California beer & helped kicked off the craft beer movement. A deep copper color pour with a solid beige head with nice lacing and staying power. A big malty caramel nose with enticing fruit overtones. Medium to light bodied with a somewhat abrasive carbonation but it does give a very dry finish. The taste is malty caramel, some fruits and more bitter than I expected but it has a crisp flavor and each sip makes me want to go back for more. Better than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
codfishh (101) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
Pours brilliant amber thin white head. Fruity aroma woody hops. Light malty body balanced bitterness a little rough some slight oxidation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mainuh_man (220) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
12 Oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a frothy white head. Aromas are fairly subtle, cereal grain and minerals, some apricot. Flavor is mild sweet, worth cereal grain and some cherry at first. Quickly transitions to an herby hop bitterness that lingers throughout, with some nutty notes at the end. Medium-low body with a slick mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Overall, just ok. Not very complex, and while tasty enough, nothing noteworthy on any of the fronts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulioRangel (8) - - NOV 23, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2014 Aroma maltado-amadeirado. Amargor suave. É a cerveja mediana, sem nenhum grande diferencial, exceto o aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (531) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2014
Pours clear copper. Just above medium amount of white head. Bitter. Caramel and malt flavour. Light body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obe83 (47) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 20, 2014
L’unica California Common bevuta, si presenta di color ambrato e con poca schiuma, al naso sentori malto-caramellosi , che si ritrovano anche nel palato, ben bilanciati da una nota fruttata. Molto beverina e piacevole, anche se non se ne percepisce gli aromi da luppolo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yy0pp (600) - - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper color with tiny head. Aroma - Caramel, apples. Toffee taste.

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