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RATINGS: 3698   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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutOrDeath (121) - USA - DEC 16, 2003
Beautiful color. Not too carbonated. The aroma is vaguely melon like. The taste has the same melon quality. Overall, an impressive beer. I'll have more in the future.


3.6
Zappa82 (12) - - FEB 18, 2018
Golden brown color. Good and lasting froath formation. Light but tasty. Very fresh with notes of bread, lemon and grass. Bitter aftertaste. Very good beer with the freshness as its main quality. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Paddycairns (102) - - FEB 17, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2018 Pour is golden with very thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is malty sweet crisp and refreshing. One of the best lagers in the world

3.8
franclh (148) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2018 Fles 35,5cl thuis. Lekkere bittere nadronk. Beetje drogig. (5-2011).-----&#

3.4
neroaga (58) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2018
Amber beer with a white head. There are fruity notes with a slight hint of malt

3.2
DraftDodger (1861) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2018
Copenhagen 16/2 2018. 35,5 cl bottle from Meny. Label done in old-fashioned Tattoo style with a big Anchor surrounded by corn and hops. Pours slightly hazy amber with big rather bubbly but dense off-white head. Moderate lacing. Settles as 0,5 cm thick layer of foam. Aroma is not very strong. Sweet malts with some offbeat sour notes. Stuffy refrigerator. Fairly strong carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by slightly stronger bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering. Easily drinkable and fresh. Fine companion for a late lunch.

3.4
coil (208) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2018
355ml bottle from The Grumpy Goat, Reading. Amber colour with white head. Mixed grains, fruity bready malt, sweet grainy malt, stone fruits, brown bread crusts.

3.7
jsporrer (1170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2018
Pours a clear dark yellowish amber with a thin white head. Aromas of light grainy malts like a light lager. Crisp, clean, taste of lightly sweet malts. Just enough carbonation to give a nice full mouth tingle. Finishes smooth with a very pleasant linger aftertaste. Would pair well with a meal. Refreshing and enjoyable.

2.8
Zarrach76 (360) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 30, 2018
Il faut de temps en temps savoir tirer partie de tout, et en l'occurrence il s'agit de mon boulot (Merci patron ! Mais je ne vais pas le dire tous les jours...) puisque je déguste cette Anchor Steam sur place, à savoir à quelques encâblures de la brasserie dans un hôtel de la Bay Area de San Francisco au beau milieu de la Silicon Valley ! D'ailleurs, cette bouteille fait partie d'un pack de 12 bières de la brasserie (4 variétés) que je viens de dégotter au Walmart du coin ! Comme quoi dans les grandes surfaces, on n'y trouve pas forcément que de la merde... Assez parlé de ma petite personne, passons donc aux choses sérieuses. Cette "Steam" est donc une curiosité de la région étant donné qu'il s'agit d'une bière brassée à température ambiante avec des levures à Lager, donc à fermentation à basse température. Voyons voir cela... Belle couleur ambrée/abricot/cuivrée, parfaitement transparente et recouverte d'une fine mousse ivoire. Le nez est spécifique, clairement. On retrouve le malt, très prononcé et plutôt bien torréfié, des notes de caramel et de céréales et c'est à peu près tout ce que je peux en retirer. Il y a comme un côté cuit/brûlé dans ces arômes, c'est assez déroutant. Allons "tout de go" (fallait que je la place celle-là !) mélanger tout ça dans le gosier. La carbonatation est très vive, l'alcool plutôt en force avec son maigre 4.9%, les levures sont collantes, on sent qu'elles ont bien travaillé les filles, la texture est assez sèche en première intention et l'amertume se pose là en conquérante. Evidemment, le corps est assez réduit mais cette bière s'en sort plutôt bien, le sucre (enfin le sirop de canne et le caramel) étant assez présent malgré tout. La longueur est plutôt correct, très portée sur l'amertume tandis que le final restera sur cette dernière et les notes évanescentes de malt, de noix et de bois. Pas franchement une réussite, pas non plus une bière dégueulasse, une curiosité que j'aurais eu l'honneur de boire au plus près de son lieu de production ! Bouteille 34.1cl (12 putain d'onces donc), Walmart Santa Clara CA, USA.

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Cristobal37 (1325) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 27, 2018
Pours a nice amber orange with a little head. Imteresting bready yeasty aroma. Bitterness and black tea dryness. Leaves a bitter orange peel flavor on the lips. Finish is long dry with some peppery ginger character. Reminds me a little of alt beers. It's really drinkable, but not short on character. Classic.

3.6
sephyrott (287) - - JAN 19, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2018 355ml bottle from Waitrose. Crispy and clean, malted and slightly roasted. Sweet finish.


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