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With a deep amber color and rich, malty flavor, this beer is the perfect option for easy drinking. Founded in San Francisco in 1896, Anchor Steam utilizes traditional brewing methods for a one-of-a-kind taste. The Anchor Steam name dates back to the 19th century when "steam" was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of the U.S. The brewing methods of those days remain a mystery and, although there are many theories, no one can say with certainty why the word "steam" came to be associated with beer. Whether it's on tap or in a bottle, this steam-style brew is a winner for those who like a round, full-flavored beer with a crisp finish.View all products by Anchor Brewing Company
Enjoy the modern version of this ancient, at least by American standards, beer poured into a heavy pint glass, allowing it to stay cool after handling. You'll notice immediately toffee copper hue, white head and glorious lacing as it settles into the glass. The use of caramel malt and a specialty hop known as Northern Brewer are what provide the distinct aroma and flavor to Anchor Steam. The nose wafts with dark caramel, fresh grain, wood, and perhaps just a subtle hint of mint. The flavor lends notes of tree bark, hints of caramel, spice of Ceylon tea, and the herbaceousness of lemon leaves picked straight from the tree. The finishes hits with a distinctive hop bitterness, but nothing to be scared about.
The beer is reminiscent of the great Oktoberfestbiers of Germany or perhaps a more robust variation of the Vienna lager. It's a perfect beer for those looking to take a step further down the flavor spectrum from the traditional lagers, but aren't yet ready for the bursting hops of an IPA or the richness of a stout. Then again, it's a perfect beer for those who already love those beers, but want a break from those intense flavors without sacrificing quality or character. Being an old time California beer, pair your Anchor Steam with a couple of charred carne asada street tacos or a fresh avocado and grapefruit salad.
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