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RATINGS: 3747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Orangish brown pour, small white head. Aroma had some hops, malt, citrus, but not too strong. Taste was excellent though, pretty hoppy, bitter, with a slight tart citrus/green grapes taste, and a nutty finish, with some taste of pine. Medium body, enjoyable beer. Great for hot summer drinking, when you want a beer for refreshment, but still with some complex qualities.

4.2
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Damn this is good! I know that’s not very thought provoking but I can’t help it. That’s what I thought when I first drank it. Aroma has a fantastic combonation of malt and hops. Appearance is a deep rusty orange color with great head. Mouthfeel is intense with medium-body roundness that is nice and soft. Flavor, like the aroma, is expertly balanced between hoppy and malty. This is entirely enjoyable, highly drinkable and would pair great with most food. EXCELLENT!

1.5
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
arom: lager. Ap: reddish orange brown, clear, ok head. F: lagery, corny. P: bad aftertaste, bitter corn metal. O: yuck. work to drink.

3.3
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Only California common I have had. Nice looking burnt orange color. Slight sweetness in aroma. A bitterness normally not found in a "beer" as opposed to an ale. Took awhile to develop a taste for it but found it satisfying. The beer I poured had a thin, quickly disappearing head and a fairly lively carbonation which I like.

4
stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
I’m not really sure what a California Common Beer is . . . but I can tell you I like this one. Pours a nice coou coppery color with a foamy off-white head, some lacing. Some yeast, and malt in the nose. A fuller palate than I expected. Biscuit and nuts and nice amount of hops on the finish. Crisp and refreshing. A solid everyday kind of brew - probably a great grilling beer - will try to have one in hand next time I’m flipping burgers.

3
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Decent drinking beer. Nothing special, but still a far better beer than many that are regularly served at the average bar. Nice color.

3.1
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pours crystal clear with a small white head. The aroma is bready, cookie dough, toffee and golden raisins. The flavor is green grapes, nutty, fairly dry, some bready pale malts, light bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and lively with a drying finish. Refreshing.

4.4
bigtasty (23) - USA - MAY 7, 2006
This is a splendid beer. I love drinking this nice, lovely delicious beer. It’s one of my favorites.

3
gunnfryd (14872) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2006
Bottle. Golden brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt,caramel and fruity. Flavour has the same elements with some hops elements. Light bitter finish.

3.6
chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Light orange copper, very clean clear both in appearance and tast. Nice malt and bitterness. Very enjoyable.


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