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RATINGS: 3393   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Pours a clear amber, with a moderate off-white head. Surprising aroma of Belgian yeasts. Malty, taste of caramel, sweet. Not much flavor of hops, but there is a slight bite at the end, and an almost dry finish. I used to drink this beer a lot back in the 1980’s, when the craft beer movement was just getting started. It does not compare to the better modern craft brews, but it is still a fine beer.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (524) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2014
Pours clear copper. Just above medium amount of white head. Bitter. Caramel and malt flavour. Light body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obe83 (37) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 20, 2014
L’unica California Common bevuta, si presenta di color ambrato e con poca schiuma, al naso sentori malto-caramellosi , che si ritrovano anche nel palato, ben bilanciati da una nota fruttata. Molto beverina e piacevole, anche se non se ne percepisce gli aromi da luppolo.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yy0pp (600) - - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper color with tiny head. Aroma - Caramel, apples. Toffee taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McWorta (640) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 18, 2014
Honey-golden clear with a hunch of yeasty hue hazyness, lasting small white head. Aromas of fruit is predominant with some biscuity malt centre. Softly carbonated, light texture, light-medium bodied with a fruit-malt flavour in harmony. Lingers a while with some dry out bitterness developing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nielsbenn (4) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
A Nice convenience beer. Fresh and redy to drink on a bar or to a barbaque.

1.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SilverfoX (375) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
smells of nothing, cloudy dark gold body, thin white head, tastes sweet with a dry mildly bitter hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1048) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
A nice basic ale. Pours a bright Amber with a thick white head. Smells of citrus, tropical fruit, and oats. Taste is well balanced, with more citrus and oatiness. Had in the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (153) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. BB 07/2016. Pours clear amber colour with nice off-white head. Nose is mild hebal/floral hops and sweet malt. Taste follows the nose with a bit of bitterness. Caramel, sweet malt, a touch fruity, with some hop bitterness. Nice lager, crisp.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ngejo (365) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Hazy, orange, rocky head, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, lively, & long finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sololuis (5) - Granada, SPAIN - NOV 10, 2014 does not count
Un aroma suave con cuerpo medio y trago lento. Amarga y notas de alcohol por encima de lo esperado


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