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Old 11-15-2012, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default Just tried Anchor Steam (I think) WOW is this really Anchor Steam?

Hey guys, I was at a restaurant and I ordered an Anchor Steam because I had never had it before. From what I read Steam beers are ales but generally taste more like a lager. I had heard about Anchor Steam a lot and had the idea in my head that it was just more of a mass produced, popular plain lagery tasting ale...

When I got my beer I was shocked to the point of wondering if they gave me the right thing (it was draft) It was DELICIOUS & light yet incredibly hoppy. It tasted as if it was hopped like an IPA... Maybe not necessarily as much hops as an IPA but the light body made the hops really shine through. Super Citrus, crisp and hoppy.

Is that how you would explain Anchor Steam? I read mixed results in reviews that I saw. Some people said it was kinda bland which is why I questioned whether they gave me the wrong beer or not. Color wise it was very light (didn't look like an IPA)

Sorry, odd question haha.

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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I think you got the wrong beer. It's a pretty bland and pale beer overall.

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:29 AM   #3
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ARgg this is driving me nuts! And I live in Pennsylvania so I can't just go buy a 6 pack somewhere haha.

I just watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO4BTCy6JCU and the one dude, like you, said that it's bland and boring, the other dude gave it a 10 and said it was wonderful.

Im so confused. hah

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:30 AM   #4
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:32 AM   #5
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I think Anchor Brewing is one of those companies that some people say Anchor Steam when they mean Anchor Brewing. You could have got a different Anchor Brewing beer like their Liberty Ale and they were just saying "Anchor Steam".

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Also, look up the beers at AnchorBrewing.com and see if one of them sounds like what you had (most likely the Liberty Ale).

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Steam beer is a lager fermented at ale temps. So a FULL flavoured lager is what its like to me.

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OK thanks everyone, I just called the place haha. It was Anchor Humming Ale! My mind has been put to rest

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Not hoppy unless you think fat tire is hoppy.

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Not a fan of the Steam beers. bleh

Definitely not as you described. Glad you found out what it really was! The Weis Markets near me has Anchor steam in sixers.

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