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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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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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Serving Type: Bottle in to Pint glass.

Appearance (3.5): Medium amber color, creamy healthy head.

Smell (3.0): Had to go average here because even with a vigorous poor there was not much of an aroma coming from the beer.

Taste (3.5): Somewhat bitter initial taste, with a nice malty after taste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Seemed light in the mouth, which to me kind of went with the "steam" idea.

Overall (3.5): It taste good, however it does seem to be lacking a bit. Will be interested in trying this again.

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A- Pours a medium amber color with a big, dense head. Head is very frothy and soft, with a slightly off white hue. Sticks around a good, long time and laces pretty well. Body is nearly completely clear with only the smallest bubbles and sediments visible.

S- Lots of light and adjunct-like aromas here. Light grain and light malts intermingle pretty well. More malt backbone than others in similar style. Malts give a hint of sweetness to go with the light grain. No hops detectable.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell. Would be a very forgettable flavor, but the quality of ingredients is much higher than similar tasting brews. Malt is persistent throughout, and the lighter, probably cereal, grains give a little balance. Hints of a little bit of fruitiness are also present. Very light in flavor, reminds me of a slightly more malty SA Light. Finishes with no aftertaste and the light grains chasing down your throat.

M- Here is where this beer shines in my opinion. The frothiness from the head sticks around a little and starts it with a silky soft beginning. Then the body of the beer provides a little carbonation, but much less than expected for the weight of this one. The malt and grain flavor provides a creamy smooth drink that might be a little more filling than others, but is still very sessionable.

Overall, this is a beer with ok flavors, but a great feel. It's a fairly simple beer, best used as an after work beer. If I had better access to this and the price was right, this would be a go-to beer in my fridge for an everyday alternative.

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T-Really interesting, like crossing an APA with a helles lager. Citrus bitterness up front with a hefty toast malt character to balance. Minty floral finish.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,010 ratings
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