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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep gold with excellent clarity. The creamy, low off-white head has a very decent retention period.

S: Moderate citrus hops aroma, mainly lemony and a peach and orange-like ester are prominent in the aroma. There is a light biscuty and toasted malt aroma i the background.

T: the flavor is dominated by a moderate hop bitterness and a citrus hops flavor which is again mainly lemon like. There is a decent support from a biscuit and toasty malt flavor with the balance being moderately toward the bitter side. The cirtus hops flavor and bitterness linger a little past the dry finish.

M: moderately-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a light astringency.

O: A crisp and refreshing, somewhat hoppy beer with a nice bit of fruity ester complexity.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: About 1 finger of head, medium carbonation

S: Malty aroma with an underlying slight floral and fruity aroma

T: tastes malty and similar to a lager on the front end; slightly bitter finish.

M: medium bodied

O: I seem to remeber this as a much more flavorful hoppy beer. All in all, this was a very average beer, but I appreciate the backstory of steam beers/California common beers.

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A: little to no head with a soda-like carbonation

S: floral and fruity aroma

T: tastes like a lager on the front end, and finishes up with a warm alcohol flavor

M: medium bodied

O: To me this is a very average beer, but I appreciate the backstory of steam beers/California common beers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives in my greedy little mitt a dark amber liquid with a creamy, tan head. I suspect the retention is good but since the table got bumped and the head got spilled... Good lacing, though.
Smell is a well-balanced malt and hop combo with sourdough and a nut note. Very nice.
Taste is exactly what you would expect from the smell, malt, slightly evergreen hop note,sourdough bread and nuts. Great balance.
Mostly full bodied, lightly effervescent, with a faint dryness to it. Drinks so much like my perception of an English pale ale with a lessened hop note. Good all around.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,007 ratings
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