Anchor Steam Beer


I can hardly believe that I haven’t yet reviewed one of the icons of craft beer.  Anchor Steam is the principle beer for the Anchor Brewing company; the first craft brewery in the United States, and one that has had an impact on the rebirth and revitalization of micro-brewing in this country that can’t be underestimated.  Steam Beer (or California Common Beer) was named after the brewing method used at the time in San Francisco  but is now a trademark owned by Anchor Brewing, who continue to use the traditional methods.  It pours a beautiful coppery amber, and the hops are evident immediate.   It has a clean pine scent, and citrus flavors, predominantly lemon and grapefruit.  There’s a slightly bitter lemony, buttery finish at the end that fades away without much drama.   This is a refreshing and fairly simple beer, as a classic like this should be.  I’d say it’s more likely to appeal to hop lovers who like a bit of bitterness.  I really love this beer as example of what a old-fashioned, time-tested and proven brew should be, and it’s one I keep coming back to over and over again.

I give it a 4.8 out of 5.

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