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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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A - Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S - Toasted grain, honey sweetness, burnt biscuit, light caramel, floral hops.

T - Sharp grain and floral hops up front, a mix of carmael and honey sweetness. Some over ripe apples and plums in the background. Some chalkiness towards builds toward the end before finishing nice and crisp.

M - Light to medium body. Active soda like carbonation.

This is always a solid pick. Tangy yeast and a sturdy grain malt with plenty of balancing hops. It's like an American style pub bitter.

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A-Pours a nice clear caramel color. lots of bubbles flowing into a nice small creamy fluffy head.

S-smells crisp. A bit of yeast, sort of a malt scent. Maybe a tiny hint of hops. Nothing special here.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,043 ratings