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RATINGS: 3641   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1596) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Total classic, always makes me think of SF. 20 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours light orange amber with thin creamy head. Aroma is slightly sweet malt with a hint of herbal hops. Taste is clean thin caramel malt with a dry somewhat creamy finish. Notes of lemon, oak, and grain. The lighter flavor from the amber body is a pleasant surprise, even after having it many, many times.


3.3
Grumbo (3183) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2017
Bottle, from US. Backlog entry. Entering my historic scores for US beers whilst visiting New York. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

3.7
Bootlegger007 (233) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2017
Pours a lovely dark amber colour with a good sized creamy off white head, laces well, solid malt aromas, caramel and bread, light citrus orange and hops, giving the mild bitter mouthfeel, medium body and a very good session ale, easy drinking.

3.7
Tjomleif (236) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2017
Clear amber with nice cream colored head. Clean taste that you get from a lager. Straw grassy taste with malty aftertaste. Not what I expected, but very drinkable nevertheless.

3.1
angel77 (3497) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 15, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2017 Botella 33 cl en el Lúpulo Oviedo diciembre 2012. Fdcpref 06..2013. (r3795). Suaves sabores maltosos. Cuerpo ligero fácil de beber algo espumoso. Refrescante. Buena

4
lgrunner (1) - - AUG 13, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2017 I drank this many years ago, thought I’d give it a try now that I’m into micros. Happy to say it still tastes great. a little ’go to’ beer.

2.6
rob19a (381) - - AUG 11, 2017
10/20 initial taste like a lager but it’s got a bit of zest to it and a pleasant long aftertaste

3.6
dunklermessias (263) - GERMANY - AUG 6, 2017
355 ml bottle. Pours with a clear, dark amber color with a very nice off-white head. Aromas of orange-peel, syrup, dark honey, hay. Taste is herbal with bitter flavors, although some grapes. Nice mouthfeeling. Nice dry finish.

3.1
Schnabelhund (97) - TAIWAN - AUG 3, 2017
Anchor Steam Beer pours a copper color with minimal haze and its short-lived head is white. The nose unfolds notes of wood, orange peels, and breadiness. The attack is as bready as expected from the nose and is first followed by a relatively grippy yet silky mid-palate of wood as well as pine needles and finally by a bitter finish with just a hint of mint leaves. Rustic and enjoyable.

3.6
AnG_BrgNor (767) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark golden with white head. Aroma and taste is malty, caramel grassy, bead and citrus. A midium bitter ending. A decent beer.

3.2
DonGregorio (440) - POLAND - AUG 2, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber colour, large, creamy, tan head. Aroma of malt, hay, biscuit, caramel. Taste is light to medium sweet and bitter, malt, biscuit, caramel, floral, mild earthy. Medium- body, average to lively carbonation. Decent.


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