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RATINGS: 3702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
First Brewed: 1896, First Modern Bottling: 1971

Alc. by Volume: 4.9%, Availability: Year-round, Malt: Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel, Hops: Northern Brewer

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.

Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. While the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery, it likely relates to the original practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops in a cool climate. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans. Once a nickname for any Californian or West Coast beer brewed under these conditions, today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of our flagship brand - San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 First rating
Not well balanced, too malty. Not at all as good as I’ve been told, although I do like several of Anchor’s other products.

Second rating
(Draught at The Rover, Göteborg)
Clear amber color, thick lasting tan head. Sweet, malty and metallic taste. Sweet malty scent. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

(355 ml bottle from Systembolaget)
On August 30, 2008
Clear copper color, fluffy tan head. Malty and hoppy scent. Malty and fruity hoppy taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
a dark amber color with a creamy head with good retension. Abit bitter to start but smooths out near the bottom

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Steam beer is a beer style that originated on the West Coast of the United States. Before the days of refrigeration, West Coast brewers brewed beer with a lager yeast, but had to work with temperatures more suited for ales. So to cool the brew it was fermented in abnormally shallow vessels, but conditioned at warmer ale temperatures. This vessels were found of the roof of the brewery, so when the fermenting beer hit the cool ocean breezes of San Francisco, steam could be see coming from the roof of the brewery. It is also said that so much natural carbonation would build up when the beer conditioned in wooden kegs that the beer woul "steam" when tapped. So what is steam beer? It is a hybrid beer, somewhere between an ale and a lager, taking the best of both worlds. It has the fruity esters of an ale, yet the smoothness of a lager. Anchor Steam is a world class beer, and the classic example of this unique style. Anchor Steam pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color, with a thick white head, and a very lively carbonation. The nose is wonderful. Aromas of hops, malt, and fruity esters flood the nose. The palate is firm, some good pale malt and sweet malt flavors, and touches of fruity esters coat the tongue. The body is very round and smooth, making Anchor Steam a very drinkable beer. This beer finishes with more esters up front, and then dries with a pleasing hop bitterness that slightly lingers. This beer is exceptional. It would match well with a number of dishes. I find it to work extremely well with shellfish such as mussels, clams, crabs, or lobsters. It would also work well with grilled fish, or with a nice grilled rib eye or NY strip steak. Or just a great beer to drink after a long day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cweston (11) - Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2006
(bottle) Finally got around to tasting this classic. Generous head and pleasant aroma. There’s a certain estery component to the flavor that detracts from an otherwise very nice beer in my opinion. Something about the flavor balance doesn’t strike me well. Nice finish and smooth drinking, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3435) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This is usually the good beer I go for if nothing else is at the bar. Tasty refreshing brew. Some of the less common beers from these guys are more unique though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2006
"Pour a amber color with a white head which stayed around for awhile. Smelled of spices malts and caramel. Tasted of malts and yeast. Overall not a bad beer. Wont look for but would have again."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This beer always has this certain character that makes it taste amazingly hoppy at first and then sour and acidic later.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
The best beer in America, and one of the top beers in the world. The Mecca of California beer, a perfectly transparent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CDBrDisappear (6) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I had heard about this beer often and never tried it. My impression is that is a bit overrated. The aroma is hoppy but taste is short lived and acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
I didn’t enjoy this beer much. The best part was the fresh hoppy aroma, with a hint of smoke and possibly mint?! I didn’t enjoy the mid and post taste. It was fairly bitter, very carbonated, and just not my thing.

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