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RATINGS: 3783   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 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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3.2
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
Pours amber color with a white head. Aroma is fruity with some caramel and grassy hop undertone. Taste is also very similar and body is light. Lots of carbonation.


3.3
gepajerry (7) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 26, 2017 does not count
A good basic beer. I especially like the pallet, ad the head is beautiful. Taste is okay, and the low ABV could almost qualify it as a session beer. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Bacchus66 (201) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2017
12oz bottle. Clear amber with an inch of off white foam. Nose of malt and caramel balanced with light hops. Flavors are toffee, toast, floral hops and bread. Zesty mouthfeel with persistent carbonation. Fresh, clean finish but with a light lingering malt sweetness. Long time favorite.

3.9
oczek2015 (417) - Przemysl, POLAND - JUN 16, 2017
Butelka 355ml BARWA: głęboki złoty odcień, idealnie klarowne. PIANA: biała, obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, szybko się dziurawi i opadaja do cienkiego krążka. AROMAT: zbożowo-ciasteczkowy z nutą karmelową, delikatnie drewniany aromat SMAK: słodowość, przełamania dość wyraźną ziołową goryczk, ściąga boki jezyka, dość długo się utrzymuje, wytrawny finisz. Średnio pełne z wysyceniem średnio wysokim. Jeżeli chodzi o styl to trochę nuda, w dobie ciekawych aromatycznych chmieli niczym nie zaskakuje, nie moja bajka.

2.9
kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2017
I’ve crossed paths with Anchor Steam many many times in my beer drinking career yet never imbibed it. In my experience it is often considered a good beer by people of dubious tastes, so I was never inspired to drink it. When a few bottles ended up in my fridge, I thought I should finally give it a fair chance. It pours a clear copper hue with a lovely, frothy head. So far so good. The smell is refreshing, mineral, yet somewhat cheap. Ocean breeze, fresh oysters — am I being influenced by the label, the San Francisco name? It does take me back to walking down the Embarcadero on a sunny day, breathing in the fresh Pacific air. Mild malts and hops appear on the nose, but feel watered down. Citrusy, slightly grassy notes, not offensive. On the palate it’s again quite mineral, a very watery flavor. Cheap malts are the main attraction, with a lightly roasted coffee flavor, and a twist of piney hops. Unlike its hometown, there’s not a whole lot to see. The finish is mildly bitter with subtle chocolatey flavors and cranberry. Leaves a slightly funky flavor in the mouth, which, on the bright side, makes you want to wash it down with some of that early minerality. Overall, this is a bland brew. Simple but not in a good way. If I’m at a regular bar in the US, I’ll take a Blue Moon over this any day. I was hoping to be surprised, but unfortunately, Anchor Steam lived up to my very low expectations.

2.9
Lore (2671) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 10, 2017
orange to amber colour, large, slightly yellowish creamy off-white head; aroma and taste of grains, floral-honey, caramel and metallic notes; ok beer, nothing more

4.2
HighandLow (10) - Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Good beer. Mellow but bold at the same time. Bold mellow. Good pallate of flavors. It really does taste like a beer you should drink out at sea

3.8
masiliauskas (14) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - JUN 1, 2017
AROMA: brown/muscovado sugar and dates. Kinda yum. ***** APPEARANCE: perfect head, good colour, cant say anything so a 5. ***** TASTE: honey and pears, dates kind of merge into them. Honestly good. Very unexpected but goooooooood. If thats what American stands in American lager, that country may have hope after all. ***** PALATE: strong carbonation with dried dates is oddddd but its nothing special or noteworthy. Barely any dryness, very neutral, I dig that. ***** OVERALL: unexpected but great. Like it a lot.

3.7
kinyas (7) - - 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
hauxe (712) - 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 didn’t remember much. Wish I’d gotten back to it sooner. A real pleasure to drink.

3.9
beton (603) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.


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