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RATINGS: 3714   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.

Byeast's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
Poured into a pint, color is a deep clear amber , with an inch of creamy , off white foam that dissipates to quarter inch; well sustained by a constant rising carbonation. A fair amount of lacing left on the glass. Taken to the nose ,aromas are of grain , earthy , some fruity notes and slightly bready qualities. Raw , grainy flavors come first ( and quickly) , then some bitter earthiness and a slighty citric and bitter hop finish. Interesting floral flavor here and there. This is a very unique and neat beer. An in yo face , grainy-raw ride , full of character and intrigue. Just a great beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PrzemekC (1) - POLAND - OCT 20, 2016 does not count
Don’t expect anything more than maltiness, caramel, slight acidity and medium carbonation. Heavy like an anchor ;)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ghostbeer (91) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2016
This was creamy and interesting. The taste was unique and maybe a bit yeasty. I had this at a seafood restaurant, so I didn’t really get the full effect, but it went great with mussels. I really liked the way the beer looked in the glass for some reason, but was not impressed enough with it to order a second one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (3508) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2016
helder rood/caramel met fijne licht kaki kraag. aroma van mout, caramel en suiker. Smaken zijn glad, caramel, redelijk bitter, iets pittig, lange gebrande caramel moutige bittere afdronk, matige body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FinnIckler (99) - GERMANY - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle from bierlinie. Pours clear Amber colored. Nose is citrus, bread, toffee. Palate is tart, toffee, a bit bitter. Finish is short and bitter. Nice malt backbone. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sven1973 (278) - GERMANY - OCT 14, 2016
Flasche im Dolores in Berlin - Mitte. Trübes Bernstein. Aroma Malz, Karamell. Geschmack herb, malzsüße, etwas Karamell und im Hintergrund fruchtig

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stooo (3) - - OCT 11, 2016 does not count
Solid beer for every day. Tastes great, but a bit lacking in overall complexity and depth of flavor / balance. Always a good choice, but never wows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (586) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2016
355ml bottle at Manchester Piccadilly. Amber colour with a small off white head. Malty grain aroma, flavour is malty with a hefty dose of bitter hops. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (965) - GERMANY - OCT 6, 2016
Leicht trübes Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig,etwas Karamell, leicht süßlich, fruchtig, blumig, etwas mineralisch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndreasP (125) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2016
Classic steam beer with some sulphuric aroma and a ale-ish touch to this bottom fermented beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ehaak26 (123) - - OCT 4, 2016
Draft at WIllie’s Locally Known. This was a good beer for a warm evening BBQ. Crisp and refreshing without being overpowering.

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