Monday, January 14, 2013

Anchor Steam Beer

Tonight's new beer to try is Anchor Steam Beer courtesy of Erica. Anchor Steam is a California Common/Steam Beer with an ABV of 4.9%. This type of beer is an American style lager that was originally brewed back in the 1800's when refrigeration wasn't as common it is today. During the brewing process shallow fermenters had to be used, which resulted in a very particular flavor.

I poured this one in my Three Philosopher's glass (one of my favorites!) and this is what I was greeted with:

The appearance of Anchor Steam Beer is a light orange/amber color and had a modest amount of head. The smell of the beer had a very pleasing malt aroma. I took a sip.

Right as Anchor Steam met with my tongue I experienced a grainy/malty flavor that reminded me of some of the first American lagers I tried as a younger Phil (Yuengling anyone?) except with a more refined taste.

As I continued to drink it I enjoyed the subtleness of it, but wasn't blown away in any regard. Anchor Steam is good, just not great. It also goes down easy.

If you're a beer drinker who loves the taste of beer, Anchor Steam is a good choice, whether you're expecting company of if you just want to enjoy a beer by yourself. For anyone else looking for something completely different than what they're used to, Anchor Steam is not the beer to fill that desire.

Looks pretty, the taste is just okay

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