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.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a big fan. Bitter finish, not a lot in the way of taste.
wbdace (50) - los angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2001
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good, but not great.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lager smooth and ale fruity, this is of course a classic of American brewing. Remarkably dry finish. What’s with Fritz Maytag copyrighting the term ’steam beer’ though?
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells a little better than it tastes, but overall it’s not a bad beer.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth like a lager, hop flavour lika an APA. Excellent.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2001
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’m not a fan where a flavor just overrides a beer. I guess this is hoppy. It was ok, but I probably wouldn’t order another one unless I was just curious.
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer I’ve had time and again. Always a nice experience. Lager-like ale, what more is there?
Brianroz99 (123) - Mullica Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Monahan99 (29) - parkersburg, West Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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