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RATINGS: 3377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.

Voivod's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Voivod (304) - Como, - MAY 23, 2003
Amber colour, huge head, really lasting. Malty aroma, quite alcoholic. The flavour is malty too, with some caramel and plums traces. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Not so good as the Liberty ale, but still a pleasant and very refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radzik5555 (365) - Gdynia, POLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Butelka 0.33L.
Wygląd: Bursztynowe, klarowne z iskrą. Obfita drobnopęcherzykowa piana w kolorze ecru, trwała i firnakuje.
Aromat: Słodki, słodowy, miód wielkokwiatowy, toffee, wafel, jasny biszkopt, melasa, lekka metaliczność, w tle nugat i estry.
Smak: Słodkie, przypalony cukier, karmel, ziemiste nuty chmielowe, trochę ziołowe. Goryczka niska ale pozostawiająca długi ziemisty posmak.
Odczucie: Ciało niskie do średniego, faktura papierowo-lagerowa z suchym finiszem za którym nie przepadam, nasycenie CO2 powyżej średniego.
Całość: Całość nie wybijająca się, choć pewnie w stylu poprawne. Czuć, że to drożdże lagerowe ale wyczuwalne również estry od wysokiej temperatury fermentacji.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"this is another one that i avoided early, but over time i enjoyed it a little more. it’s nothing great (maybe inherant to the style), but it’s pleasant enough, with a light mahogony body, pretty good blance with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Just a little weak for me, personally, but a well done beer for the style."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (90) - Perugia, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a bright orange clear colour, big medium lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma is medium malty with notes if bread, slightly hoppy. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, slightly sour, nice. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Good session beer (it’s 4.8 ABV alright, but it feels like one; a very pleasant one!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (831) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper hue with fizzy tan head that settled. Aroma is bready, cereal, slight sulphur,banana, clove. Mouthfeel is refreshing with a medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a spicy hop bitterness and a slightly sulphur finish. Overall this is a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Small bottle poured in a chalice. A: Beautiful clear orange-amber color. 2 fingers creamy head. S: Fresh and earthy malts basically. Caramel is also evident in the nose. Good. T: Good, basically :). Earthy malts and some hints of caramel. Bitter hoppiness in the end. Very American (as expected) M: Medium carbonation. Balanced bitterness. Medium body. Again, good. D: High. Delicious beer. I’m definitely moving to USA! :p So that I can spend a barbecue evening enjoying all those refreshing and delicious beers... [ BA Review @ 2/20/2010 ]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden, nose is toffee, floral, taste is sweet, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
moderrnlifeiswar (56) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2014
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
onceblind (4287) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Clear bright copper with a thin rocky white head. Beer-y nose with toasted biscuity lager malts and a bit of creamy nougat, but it’s all dry smelling. Earthy bitter start with dry toast and a bit of biscuit lagery tones, with a drying earthyold-world-hop tone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
The fact that it’s a lager yeast brewed at ale temperatures is kind of neat, however, it’s not as clean as a lager and not as flavorful as an ale. If you haven’t had it, I recommend giving it a try though. It’s one of those things to ’experience’.

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