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RATINGS: 3758   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daverock (36) - Nymburk, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 30, 2016
Flaka, koupeno na topvno.cz. Dobr pivo, krsn aroma a chuť, ni řz, pivo, kter rozhodně neuraz.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Paladares (212) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2016
Botella. Color mbar limpio. Buena capa de espuma que mantiene 1 cm. Aroma a caramelo tostado. En boca se confirma de forma predominante el sabor a caramelo, pero no resulta nada dulce. Un punto agradable de amargor te pide echar otro trago.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laminarman (27) - - DEC 26, 2016
Caramel, dough, sweetness on the nose. Round and somewhat flabby and with a light foamy head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation does seem OK. Had a sweet attack and smooth mouth feel on the back end. Not as profound as expected given the lofty reviews over the years. I wonder if I had a bad sixer or poorly stored sample as the head is very thin and insipid and disappears after only half a minute.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. big example for this historical style. nice balance malt / hop with a high carbonation end. fresh and fine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerowl80 (329) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber. Malty aroma with toffee and caramel notes. Sweetness upfront with light bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (1084) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Live rating of a chilled 330ml bottle served in a 1/2 pint chalice. Dark amber with a white skim. Funky, earthy almost Belgian aroma. Quite full bodied for a lager. Berry fruit, candy, vanilla and bitterness in the flavour. Oily mouthfeel. quite gassy. Like a lager/bitter hybrid.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dchad56 (404) - - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle - clear, golden orange with thick white head. Heavy carbonation. Sweet hoppy aroma. Ok mouthfeel, dry tasting with bitter finish - very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lupuLust (246) - Franke(n) im Breisgau, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2016
22.12.2016 - Interesting mix of lager style and ale aromas. Palate is somewhere between a crisp clean lager and a smooth fruity ale. Aroma and taste is clean, fruity, floral. Confusing but I quite like this style. Well balanced hop and malt. Would like to try the dryhopped one. I have raised my Anchor to Linda - 40 years at Anchor. Congrats!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
m7hildeb (135) - - DEC 22, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 Bottle. Clear amber colour with a thick white head, nose is malty, floral and fruity with some roasty hints and notes of caramel, honey and banana, taste is bready, sweet and a bit roasty with a quite long dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (1089) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours pale amber and clear with an off-white head. Aroma and taste of malt, bread, caramel. Highly drinkable.


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