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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beertobealive (576) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - FEB 3, 2017
Pours a thick white head with light round malts and old hoppy aromas. Light clear gold colored body. Round and pleasant barley in mouth. Balance towards the cereals against low carbonation and bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1862) - LATVIA - JAN 31, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2017 Amber with medium white head. Malty aroma. Malty taste with medium bitterness. Malt aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jesper86 (114) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2017
Raisin bread in the smell. Beer that plays out like a pilsner but with IPA and slight Porter influences. Caramel and hoppy bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrh2254 (101) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
In a mystery case from beer hawk. Was 4.8% not 4.9 %. Nice aroma , pours with a thick creamy head. Nutty malty flavour , with hint of hops and sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skarecrow (639) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2017
12 Fl Oz bottle Amber with good head. Looked great. Grainy sweet malt aroma. Medium bitterness upfront with quite a sharp dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaserov (602) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2017
Color naranja, translcido, con capa de espuma blanca de dos dedos de grosor (poca retencin). Carbonatacin mnima (alguna que otra burbuja suelta). Aroma a malta, caramelo, frutos secos. Sabor a malta, caramelo, con mnimo regusto que recuerda a metal. Algo plana, me gustara que tuviera ms sabor, pero es lo que hay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (69) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Aroma of caramel, malts. Pours a dark gold with a small white head. Tastes of caramel and toast with a smooth finish. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sweetpotato (12) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2017
The standard of the style. Regular on draught at the belle. Amber-copper colour in a pint glass. Clear. Classic Anchor yeast nose, not enough hop aroma to back it up. Taste is good but one dimensional, could do with more body and more complex malts for an amber lager. There are now better examples.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilosophyGuy (592) - Łdź, POLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Całkiem smaczny lager. Jest złote, klarowne i posiada wysoką, gęstą pianę. W aromacie czuć biszkopty, trochę nut siana, nieco owocw (ciężko zidentyfikować co konkretnie), a także bardzo subtelną miętę. W smaku dominuje słodowość, słodkość, karmel, a do tego jeszcze znowuż nieco siana. Całościowo kojarzy się z amerykańską farmą. Goryczka występuje. Nie jest ona długa, za to przyjemna i raczej ziołowa. Nagazowanie średnie z małym plusem. Niezłe piwo.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MasDen (344) - Mogilev, BELARUS - JAN 8, 2017
Aroma: malt, caramel. Appearance: light copper color , clear, good retention of white head. Taste: toasty and caramel malt, dry finish. Palate: medium-bodied, medium carbonation.


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