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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BenDover (228) - Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pours a clear orange, huge amount of meringue-like white foam, lots of bubbling going on. Aroma is bready and sweet, with some citrus fruits. Taste is a little thin, roasted malts with a dry hoppy finish.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mindwarp (234) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Pours a clear gold with a thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts. Taste is slightly bitter with a little citrus and hops mixed in. There is an after taste Im not liking though. Overall just ok to me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luneylane (101) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - FEB 24, 2017
A bottle from Privado in Guting, drunk at home. Aroma: nice, fresh hops. Appearance: clear amber, pours a generous head settling to 1mm. of lacing. Palate: medium-bodied and slick, average carbonation. Bitter, hoppy at the finish. Taste: medium bitter, a pleasing vanilla note detected at the finish. Solid beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bufordbrewer (41) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattChiasson (70) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
Out of the bottle, poured a deep amber, filtered clear with a persistent white head. Notes of honey, caramel, bread, hay, raisin and stone fruit. On the palate, quite balanced and quaffable. A lager with lots of good malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (335) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2017
on tap pours amber with white head aroma is grass and barley taste is grass and floral smooth finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teran (316) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 16, 2017
Copper colour, slightly hazy. Some bad lager taste is present, but other qualities are not so bad. Low bitterness, not so much interesting beer. Medium in all the aspects.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heidbummer (443) - SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Pours luminous amber, thin head with foam islands, generous carbonation. Big waft of smoke, honey and bourbon on pouring. A little thin for the abv but nice balance of spice and sweetness on the taste. For a biggish volume production beer its good stuff, and would lead people to try Anchors other better brews.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK54B (1601) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Nose mild hops. Pale thin head. Clear golden color. Roasty malty and hoppy taste. Well balanced

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyhallmanti (372) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2017
3cl bottle at De Uurwerker in Groningen. Pours a clear amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of hops, fruit, caramel, light candy sugar, malts. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter with a soft bitter finish. Notes of caramel, fruit, hops, light resin, malt. Texture is sticky, medium to light bodied with medium carbonation

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thejackpacker (212) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
Bottle from waitrose. I was expecting much great things and was surprised by the very tinny taste of the beer, especially given its lovely darker colour. I feel it would be nice very cold from a keg.


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