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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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true amber color, (looks like hardened tree sap... which is amber) with a somewhat retentive head. Not a strong aroma, but you pick up some sweet malt. I also enjoyed the back story on the bottle's label of how it was called "Steam Beer".

Taste and mouthfeel were well above average and it had a nice front with what tastes like caramel malt and then finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. After drinking it the hop flavor stays with you for a bit but not excessive.

Seen it in the store and was intrigued by the name, so i bought it.

I'm glad I did as it was very enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I flew into San Francisco airport and was stuck waiting for my "lost" baggage so I decided to have the amulet beer of northern Cali.

A: Clear, golden amber. LOTS of carbonation. Solid white head with good retention, lacing.

S: Malty, overwhelming yeast - sweet, nutty.

T: This is where I was shocked and disappointed, up to this point it seemed like a promising beer. Heavy malts. Extremely bitter, almost metallic. There wasn't much flavor, more so was just an assault on my tastebuds.

M: Light bodied, in the realm of BMC... leaves palate quickly, leaves mouth dry.

O: I was disappointed with this beer. Tasted incredibly bitter and not refreshing at all. I would put it on par with Bud/Miller but not as neutral.
I'll need to try again because there is no way this beer is as famous and world renowned as it is if it tastes as I had it. I was hoping by being in the hometown it would result in an above par experience but that was not the case.

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

Poured from a 355ml bottle to a an amber orange colour, slightly hazy and with a thin head that moved to the edges after a few minutes

On the nose I get a sweet floral hop aroma, grassy, straw with sweet malts thrown in

On the palate caramel is the predominant taste with a mild hint of butterscotch, closely followed by malts with a crisp clean finish and aftertaste with some hop flavours, but not at all strong in this sense

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The epitome of its style and a pleasure to drink.

Bright orange-amber with impressive creamy head that sticks down the glass. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and not too oily or viscous.

Aroma is malt-forward with what I'll call an oxidized tone, as I have no idea how to describe it, but it is a facet of any California commons I've had.

My favourite element of the beer is its taste; well balanced and robust, sweet caramelized malts with a hint of hop bitterness.

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So much pressure the kegs used to hiss like a steam engine when tapped.

Anchor Brewing was purchased in the 1975 by Fritz Maytag, and helped revitalize regional brewing in the US, a precursor to the craft explosion we get to enjoy today. Anchor's flagship brew is Anchor Steam, which falls into the California Common style category, a hybrid by the use of lager yeast at warmer then usual temperatures. This beer pours slightly orange with flashes of amber, a frothy head that provides good lacing throughout. Bready malty tones are first observed, with slight yeastiness poking through as the beer warms, simple and pleasant. Again the bready malt meets with hints of yeasty flavors, while the brew shows a moderate level of bitterness, slight citrus notes from the hops that all lead into a clean, crisp finish. A light to medium body is met with a good level of carbonation. A GREAT example of this style.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,086 ratings