Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Consumed 11/17/12

Appearance: Crystal clear, an amber/deep orange color - pours with an off-white head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Mild, as it should be for the style - light pale and caramel malts - undercooked biscuits and light bread - some lightly grassy hops in the distant background

Taste: Caramel malts - lightly malty, delicate, yet also deep - pale and caramel grains - lightly chewy, lightly sweet - some hints of spices - some light, citrusy hops to balance things out - mildly bitter - nicely balanced, nicely drinkable

Mouthfeel: Light, almost medium, nicely carbonated, highly quaffable

Overall: Pretty much the definition of classic

Fritz Maytag's purchase and subsequent revival of Anchor Brewing is considered by many to be the start of modern craft beer. I've been meaning to review this for a while. It's more than just a historical artifact. It's a solid beer.

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A: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers worth of head

S: Definitely a huge hit of lager yeast, along with some nice fruitiness and pale malts

T: Follows the nose. Nice and fruity with a hint of bready malts and yeast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Well, not much to say here. The original steam beer. A smooth, easy-going lager with good flavors and good drinkability. A classic, for sure

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A: Orange copper with a good amount of visible carbonation which culminates to a finger of off white foam. The head sticks around for several moments leaving behind ample lace on the glass.

S: Mostly sugar, caramel malt breadiness with notes of earth, leafiness, and lemon zest.

T: Similar to the nose with caramel sweet malts up front. An earthy, herbal bitterness rides the initial sweetness offering balance to the initial sugary onslaught. Puckering lemon and a spicy, almost peppery finish.

M: Smooth and substantial with very active carbonation which really adds to the palate.

O: A unique and refreshing brew with wonderful flavors and high drinkability. A great brew for a sunny day. One of my go to session beers which pairs well with summer BBQ.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,946 ratings.
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