Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Nice & Clean Orange color with a good amount of carbonation.

Smell - Yeasty and Bready scents with some minor barley and floral hops. Reminds me of Fat Tire in some respects to the yeasty aspects. Smells good!

Taste - Yeasty and yet at the same time, contains copious amounts of malts. The hops are a bit more citrusy here than in the smell. Pretty simple flavor, but it tastes excellent!

Mouthfeel - Crisp and Refreshing. Body is light and the carbonation is fairly mild once you let it sit for a couple of minutes, and that makes it a very easy to drink!

Overall - This is a beer that anyone can enjoy, whether its the craft beer enthusiast or the casual yard beer drinker. It's simple in flavor, yet it tastes good enough that it can please just about anyone!

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

It defined the style, heck it is the style!

I drink Anchor Steam at every Phillies game since they started carrying it, and plenty before then....

A true classic. Mild enough for the novice craft beer drinker and good enough for those have been around the block once or twice.

Pours amber with nice head retention, subtleness of an ale and smoothness of a lager.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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A - Light amber, CRYSTAL clear.

S - Belgian. Malts and hops, but a significant Belgian yeastiness very forward in the aroma. Dark fruits, esters, caramel.

T - Balance. Nothing super forward. Same specifics as in aroma, fruit, malt, hop, and that distinct Belgian yeastiness. Nothing super prominent or obvious.

M - Easy drinkability. Smooth, tasty, and not aggressive. Perfect for the style.

O - A standard for sure, and now I understand why. Not outstanding for any one particular reason. Outstanding because everything here is done well. Readily findable and not expensive. A perfect fallback beer, and something I plan on drinking plenty more times.

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A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer, though slightly thicker around the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas are predominantly pale + caramel malts with a slight hint of lemon and hops.

T: The flavor is extremely malty with hints of caramel sweetness. There is a small amount of bitterness from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Pretty easy to drink and probably the best known beer in the style - I probably had my first one of these about 15 years ago. There is a nice complexity to the flavor and the beer is quite easy to drink. Makes me think of being in San Fran.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69% out of 100 with 5,992 ratings
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