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

I home brewed a batch of California Common and realized I had never reviewed the the original Steam Beer. Poured form the unique fat/stubby 12oz brown Anchor bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a slightly hazed orange/copper color with a fairly thin 3/8" rocky off white head. Tons of lingering carbonation release. Not much in the way of head retention or lace.

S= Almost a lager-like malt sweetness in the nose, followed by a rustic earthy/woody hop note.

T= Completely mimics the nose. Malty sweetness, including some light caramel notes, lead into a blast of hops. Bitterness was firm, and the hop flavor was earthy and dank with hints of citrus and to a lesser extent pine. Finished dry and puckering.

MF= Medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation level that stops short of feeling sharp.

D= Very drinkable and just so damn unique. The original of its style and arguably still the best example.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,044 ratings