Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,946 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a most appropriate place, San Francisco, and with a most suitable food, clam chowder. Enjoyed at some random restaurant on the pier.

Appearance – Comes in a pint glass with a clear golden color and two fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell – Earthy grains, sweet malts, minor hops, yest.

Taste – A hoppy bite up front with some nice bitterness that then has a splash of lemon zest which fades almost immediately to grain malts and a caramel backbone. That’s about it…

Mouthfeel – Light bodied, plentiful carbonation, finishes quite crisp.

Overall – Paired with the chowder, this was a winner. An easy to quaff, slightly sweet overall beer that can quench your thirst. A solid beer though one I most likely won’t have again unless in the area.

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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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