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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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dthmtldgn (32) - barrington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2004
not bad for all the hype that ive heard for this historic brew. tried in wilwood, n.j. sat on the hotel balcony and drank a few. not bad at all.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kinyas (4) - - MAY 15, 2017 does not count
Fruity aroma, with some breadiness. Deep amber colour with hardly any head. Highly carbonated. The taste comes on very hoppy, although not a pine/citrus IPA-style explosion. More subtle than that. Malt breadiness also comes through, especially at the very end. Not one of my go-to beers, but I enjoy it.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hauxe (676) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2017
Pours amber from the bottle and leaves a frothy, finger-thick crown. Aroma is honey, fresh bandage, with a lightly floral note.Taste is lightly bittersweet with a subtle berry undertone. Noticeable caramel as well. Wonderful is the palate - robust, smooth, creamy with a nicely balanced carbonation. It really makes the beer. All in all simple yet scrumptious. Drank this once years ago but didnt remember much. Wish Id gotten back to it sooner. A real pleasure to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beton (588) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davros IX (303) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2017
2016 catch up - Bottle at home - It was beer. Not much else to say. A bit like a best bitter and I can get those at a much better price than this.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Navers (92) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2017
Beer served in 10C, Nonic Glass. Pours ruby, reddish dark amber, clear, with two finger and thick head. Aroma of sweet, wet malts. Malty creamy taste with hints of bread, earth, dirt, stable, smoke and not so bitter hops. Easy drinkable and unique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlf (547) - DENMARK - APR 26, 2017
From Freistdter; orange golden with big white head; aroma is malty, fruity, herbal hops; taste is fruity, malty grainy with low sweetness, dry hoppy medium bitter finish with lingering bitterness; texture is creamy with medium carbonation and a rather thin body

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thomatito (103) - SWITZERLAND - APR 22, 2017
0,3l bottle. Nose: piny, oily, resin. Taste: caramel, piny hopp bitterness, pleasant sweetness. Classic and always nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ANZUShophunter (412) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2017
From bottle in shaker. Pours deep amber with one finger frothy head. Aroma is lager-esque with notes of fruit bread. Taste starts with smooth daramel malt and finishes with a bit of orange peel bitterness. This was a gateway beer for me into the craft beer world a quarter of a century ago (along with SNPA). Nice to revisit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber gold colour. Medium creamy off-white head. Fairly lively carbonation. Very Malty; toasty malts, bready, caramel. Citrus fruity, orange. Mildly spicy. Moderately hoppy, floral hops. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet malty fruity throughout. Dry finish. Pleasant easy drinking beer. (2017-04)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (2146) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Cant believe I never rated this before. Nice Amber orange pour. Firm, rocky beige head leaves nice clinging lace. Sweet fruity malt nose has hints of brown sugar and baked bread. Mild earthy toasted malt flavor has sweet and spicy notes. Some hop bitterness in finish offers a nice balance. Crisp dry bitter aftertaste. Still tasty after all these years.


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