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RATINGS: 3702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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.

begbie100's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, - JUL 16, 2010
330ml bottle. Amber colour, small white head. Citrus aroma with rye. Very smooth mouthfeel. All around smooth flavour too. some citrus and hint of banana. Sourish end. Needs more character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kenter2000 (65) - , Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Don’t know why I tried so hard to get into Amber Ales this month. They’re still not my thing. Too malty, too sweet. The aroma of this beer is pretty darn good but besides that I am finding it just alright. I am certain if I were 22, and not 28, I would think this beer is amazing. But things change. It’s not easy to adapt, I know. You may think you liked things the way they were, you may beg for those things to come back, but that’s not what will happen. Wait, I know now why I bought all these amber ales. My dad likes them and I tend to like the things he likes. Maybe when I am his age my taste buds will crave amber ales? Until then I say let this anchor sink to the bottom.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALIBALI (690) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Der Duft klar untergärig, würzig und ein bisschen seifig. Der Trunk malzig, blumig und mit einem Schuss Fruchtigkeit im Abspann ausgestattet. Nett to drink. 355ml/2,80€ Bottle im DOLORES Berlin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blastomorpha (73) - - SEP 23, 2016
A great example of the "everyday" beer I’d like to easily find in local supermarkets or on tap at the gigs. Doesn’t offer much in the aroma but its mild bitterness makes it so drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grisza77 (556) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 20, 2016
Ciemnozłote, klarowne piwo o średniej pianie, która zdobi szkło i utrzymuje się do końca w formie mgiełki na powierzchni. Aromat słodowy, jakby nawet lekko waniliowy. W smaku także słodowe z lekką wanilią. Goryczka średnia. Ogólnie udane piwo z posmakiem wanilii, ale po takiej legendzie spodziewałem się trochę więcej.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maracuja05 (565) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2016
13-09-16 // bottle. Almost clear orange copper colour. Quite hoppy in the nose. Light body, medium carbonation. Taste is light hoppy, grass and flower aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ulrikolsen (338) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2016
Tap@Kompasset. Pours clear amber with lazing offwhite head. Aroma is malty with bread and biscuit and some fruityness and grassy hops. Taste is malty with breadcrust and biscuit, some fruityness and grassy hoppiness. Finish is quite dry and moderately bitter and has a malty touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrklemann (91) - AUSTRIA - SEP 9, 2016
Pours a deep, clear copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, light banana and butterscotch, toasty, resin, a hue of honey and dried dates. Taste is very straight forward - starts out with medium sweetness and turns into a nice light-to-medium bitter kick. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel, lively soft carbonation, nice bittersweet finish.
There’s not much left to say. This is a classic, and it deserves to be. Pretty sweet and toasty, but also nicely balanced bitter notes. Very pleasant mouth feel - carbonation and body are just right. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonBlok (289) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2016
35,5cl bottle at home, bought at Mitra Vismarkt, Groningen. Appearance: clear rich golden with medium creamy white head. Aroma: caramel, raisins, banana, bread, roasted malts, trace of cinnamon and metal. Taste: medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of caramel and bread. Bitterness increases towards the finish. Palate: medium bodied, watery texture and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
calern (34) - - SEP 8, 2016
Amber liquid with white frothy foam. Grass and malt aroma, Medium body with soft carbonation, nice bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dysenteri (130) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2016
355 ml bottle from SB. Amber color with dirty white head. Floral, grass, malty, caramel in the aroma. Malt dominated flavors, refreshing. A bit sweet, grainy. Overall pretty nice and drinkable.

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