RATINGS: 3689   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.

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TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
12 oz bottle. I remember in the mid 70’s when this was the chic American beer. Clear orange tea. Kicks up a dirty tan head that settles to a splat. Soft dough, some lemon. Woody, slightly acidic with banana hops. Medium light with just enough carb.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle. Can’t believe I’m just now getting around to rating this. Pours copper with white head. The aroma is lemon, pepper, grass, and something that resembles rye. The flavor is dry and haylike with some saltine crackers and some lemon zest in the finish. The aftertaste is warm in kind of a strange way.

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2006
(Bottle) Tried this for the first time and didn’t know what to expect. Pours a light amber with small white head. Slightly hoppy, but with a malty aftertaste. Dry. Decent beer overall, but not really worth the price (here at least).

sirsirus (60) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Amber colour with medium head, contains rich flavor not quite bitter or sweet. Also feels creamy, well balanced with hops and sweet malt. Tasted better and more hoppy from the tap rather than the bottle. A subtly sly brew that isn’t half bad.

AdamGott (387) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2006
nice carmel/rust pour with moderate head, not much aroma just a slight bit of malt, flavor is of a bold bittering hop with a light malt backnote, overall one of my favorite beers (of a hundred or so)

kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Poured a beautiful amber with an amble off-white head. A touch of barley in the aroma, not very powerful awith an underlying sweetness reminiscent of raisins. An unusual bitterness upfront, with a very light malt body, seems a little out of balance. Finish was smooth and crisp.

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2006
On tap-Pours a moderate amber color w/ a slight white head. Hoppy, almost copper aroma. Has a malty up front flavor w/ some hops on the back end. Long metalic finish which I did not find enjoyable or refreshing-took away from my overall enjojment of this beer. Maybe this wasn’t the best sample-but that’s how it tasted. I’ll have to try it again somewhere else on tap or get a bottle. May be due a re-rate.

garmonbozia (450) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle: I have had this many of times, just never rated it. It pours an amber color with small head. Taste of malt and a hint of cascade hops. This beer is nice on a hot afternoon. Not much more I can say that hasn’t been said already

rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
On tap - It had been a really long time since I’d had one of these and in the meantime I forgot how good it tastes. Creamy mouthfeel and malty balance with background hop bitterness. Great amber color and soft finish.

Mumpu (46) - USA - AUG 21, 2006
On tap. Pours rich amber with a fleeting head. Smooth malty opening with light carbonation. Not much flavor in the end and there was a rather unpleasant lasting aftertaste.

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