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RATINGS: 3559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.

hogan873's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2007
I haven’t had this beer in years until today. Pours a nice dark amber, almost orange. Aroma of sweet malt. Taste is crisp, a bit sour, with a bitter aftertaste. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Freaky_tiki (792) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Stray bottle found in the singles barrel at the Beaches LCBO. Curious about this as I was just recently gifted their Brotherhood of Steam brew (which I find is a far more complex, interesting & satisfying beer). Brown in the glass, foamy white cap etc. Starts off crisp like a highly carbonated lager & then falls into a round honey-like flavour of malt sweetness. A little too sugary for me. Despite my recent foray into the style I can’t say this is what im looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evolutionary (402) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Can at champps. Great Amber color and nose. Smooth and crisp. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekboniek (247) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Butelka. Barwa herbaciana, klarowna. Piana wysoka, drobna, utrzymuje się długo. Aromat wyraźny, wyczuwalna lekka mięta, aromat drewniany. owoce suszone. Smak wyrazisty, pełny, słodowy. Wyraźna niezalegająca goryczka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
16erBlech (280) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 23, 2015
0,355l bottle from beerbottle.eu. Nice-shaped bottle. Almost tasteless, watery, boring beer. Very disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3943) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle in San Francisco. One of my favourite beers of all time. Nice golden body with big head. Nose is sweet, caramel. Taste is also sweet and caramel with hops and pine. Nice smooth palate. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brainiac (198) - Riga, LATVIA - AUG 14, 2015
0,5l on tap. Aroma of soft caramel, almost as of rasberries. On tongue I feel hit with cream and it transfers into bitterness, followed by traditional roasted caramel in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2517) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle @ The Barrel Store, Carrick-on-Shannon [250715]
Golden, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of sweet caramel, soft toffee
Taste of sweet pale fruity caramel, quite malty, soft bitter hops, creamy light toffee malts, easy
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, creamy, soft sweet palate. Finish of soft light caramel toffee
Overall - Nice, easy, somewhat old-fashioned, emphasis on the malts here, good for the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
andresam (3) - Valley Cottage, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2015 does not count
Small but nice shaped 12oz bottle. Foamy when served cold. It is a strange combination of lager gasification feeling with a carecteristic ale taste. It gives a refreshing feeling for it. The same happens with the color. It is no lighter as a lager nether dark as an ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Percy0103 (297) - MEXICO - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A semi-cloudy amber beer with a medium size foamy white head that fades away after a minute. Aroma is of spices, alcohol, caramel and malt. Taste is botter with a slightly alcoholic beer. There is some carbonation and astringency. I think I feel the special fermentation process; feels like a lager but with the character of an ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (859) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a honey and grains combination with a bit of a dry, grassy herb. It’s aroma is mellow overall. It pours amber and clear with white fuzzy head that has light medium lace moderate retention. The taste is a medium bitter and light, dry sweet. The texture is thin with a fizzy carbonation and light body. The taste is a light berry and honey with a pronounced grain taste, the finish is clean with a mellow, bitter citrus and a light bread touch that carries to the aftertaste.

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