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RATINGS: 3778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 krusening.

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 Franciscos 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 Franciscos original Anchor Steam Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PugUglyBrewer (563) - - APR 8, 2017
Slightly hazy to mostly clear amber color with a blanketing head of sudsy white foam. Light caramel malt and grain base cut by spicy and dry woodsy hops. Crisp, crushable, but with a bite. Very Californian, very good.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wendigo (442) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 7, 2017
0.33l bottle. Malty aroma, hopy notes, light caramel, grassy, bready. Hazy amber color, white head. Malty taste, light hopy notes, caramel and grass, medium bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation and light caramel, bitter finish. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nazbion (302) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 3, 2017
Pours clear copper with frothy off-white head. Aroma is light fruity, caramel malts. Taste is light sweet and bitter. Light body, average carbonation. Great session beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisterTrick (8) - Olney, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2017 does not count
Excellent aroma, beautiful amber color, dry semi bitter palate, complex sour flavoring, malty and spicy, a different experience

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PowY (666) - AUSTRIA - MAR 25, 2017
From bottle. Pours a light amber with an off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty with caramel and bready notes and lightly hoppy. Medium creamy body, well balanced with a low to carbonation, a light to medium bitterness and a light malty sweetness. The taste is solid malty again caramel and bread with a nice but not dominant hop presence. Nearly fruity peach notes go along with some earthy herbal flavors. Dry finish with a hoppy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (2485) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2017
Clear amber colour. Grassy taste and aroma here. Texture is crisp and clean.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stupre (305) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2017
Bouteille achete chez Intercaves. Belle robe dore, saveur trs fruite. Un grand classique !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craig30 (7) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017 does not count
i love everything about this beer, from the smell and taste to the history.. defiantly worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewhemia (301) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2017
Clear light cobber with off white head. Light fruit esters in the aroma (apples and dried fruits like prunes), malty aroma of bread and crackers and faint sulphur notes. Not much hop aroma except some faint hay/grass notes. The taste is medium sweet with clear malt notes of bread, crackers and caramel. A little european hop flavor (light hay/grass notes). Light to medium bitterness in the finish. A little sulphur. I appreciate the balance between the fruity notes and the light hop flavor and the sulphur. A classic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
19Oracolo78 (182) - ITALY - MAR 5, 2017
Birra dal colore ambrato leggermente opalescente. Schiuma fine e persistente, di color bianco sporco. Allolfatto sentori di malto tostato e caramello. Al palato corpo leggero con note di malto e anacardi. Nel finale rimane amara e secca. Una birra interessante.


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