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RATINGS: 3356   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.


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3.3
   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hippieman556 (3) - - SEP 28, 2014 does not count
I thought this beer had a very alcohol undertone but has a good color, appearance and aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (331) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Nice, clear, copper color with a white head. Aroma is a sweet, grainy malt with some earthiness. Tastes biscuity, grainy, a quickly disappearing touch of caramel; grainy, earthy finish. Medium bodied palate, lively carbonation

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1414) - - SEP 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-10-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber-copper color with a big billowy just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over about a 5-10 min time period to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of some more grainy smells mixed with a caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas there are some lighter hop smells of an earthy nature and a bit of grass. Taste – The taste begins with a dry bready and grainy flavor with a bit of an earthy taste. There is a light caramel sweetness throughout the taste that is most intense at the beginning (although still very light) which almost disappears toward the end of the taste. While the taste has a hop bit at the start with the earthy tastes, more hop of a grassy and light citrus nature come to the tongue bittering the taste as it moves on. Some woody flavors come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the combination of flavors leaving a rather dry, malty and decently bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both the moderate body and carbonation are rather good for the mix of dry and bitter flavors, making it a good easier drinking brew. Overall – A nice dry tasting steam beer that is very easy to drink. A good go too for something on the lighter side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hank37 (64) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2014
Slight earthy aromas alongside hay. Malty toasty with some residual sweetness. Carbed moderately, pleasant.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ordybill (101) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass Aroma- strong toasted malt, nice smell Appearance- Vibrant amber color with thick white head. Taste- Strong malt flavor with a solid hop finish Palate- Medium body with moderate carbonation Overall- an excellent example of a California Steam Beer. Highly recommended

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rotaman14 (80) - Potsdam, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
Pours copper/orange with a white head. Aroma is toffee, apples, grapefruit. Taste is toffee again, earthy hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (463) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a copper color with a lasting white head. Sugary malt aroma. Flavor has some sweet malt, mild hops, and a little bready too. Decent flavor with a mild bitter hop finish. Not a bad beer here. New to the style personally. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregorymconway (42) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Orange/Gold body with thin frothy white head, great lacimg. Aroma has apricot, peach, and some subtle hop notes. Normal to elevated carbonation with normal alcohol. Crisp and dry on the palate. Very sessionable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SzopPiwosz (154) - - SEP 12, 2014
Zapach z butelki: Słodowo-arbuzowy. Piana: Jasnobeżowa, drobno- i średniopęcherzykowa. Średnio obfita, średnio trwała. Trochę oblepia szkło, redukuje się do kożuszka. Kolor: Jasnobursztynowe, opalizujące z zawieszonymi drobinkami. Zapach: Słodowo-owocowy. Przewijają się aromaty takie jak arbuz, melon, śliwka mirabelka, nektarynka. Ze strony słodowej na drugim planie nutka orzecha laskowego, delikatna nutka karmelu. Smak: Podbudowa średnia, słodowa. Delikatna karmelowość, subtelna owocowość w typie jabłek, winogron. W kontrze do słodyczy bardzo delikatna, cytrusowa kwaskowość. Tekstura: Ciało średnio-pełne. Piwo gładkie, otulające podniebienie. Nie jest ściągające, nie pozostawia osadu. Mimo to na finiszu pojawia się jednak minimalna szorstka cierpkość. Nasycenie: Średnio-wysokie. Goryczka: Średnio-wysoka, grejpfrutowa. Pijalność: Bardzo wysoka. Świetnie pijalne piwo, bardzo sesyjne o świetnym zbalansowaniu. Ilość atrakcji jest spora, choć nie jest to eksplozja przebojowości jak w Old Foghorn Ale. Pamiętajmy jednak, że w tym piwie są zupełnie inne parametry. Efekt hybrydowej działalności drożdży okazuje się być bardzo przyjemny. W zasadzie jedynym problemem tego piwa jest jego dostępność oraz cena po przełożeniu na polskie warunki (porównaniu z innymi propozycjami w tym zakresie cenowym). Pomimo braku uderzenia amerykańskich chmieli, charakter piwa jest niewątpliwie w nurcie ducha rewolucyjnego. Gorąco polecam.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (473) - CROATIA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle; pours an orangish amber with an eggshell colored head; has a sweet citrus and malt aroma; taste is sweet with caramel and malt; finish is wet with a light bitter hop aftertaste; decent beer


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