RATINGS: 3773   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 krusening.

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 Franciscos 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 Franciscos original Anchor Steam Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2207) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours copper-amber into the glass, with a very nice head and spider lace. Very weak bouquet on this one, but I believe Im picking up floral primarily. Light biscuit and caramel, surrounded by a floral/fruit contingency. Finish is definitely biscuity hops, and lingers longer than Id have expected for such a medium mouthfeel. Not my favorite style, but a nice offering nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2006
Reddish brown color, small head. Not too thin, but not too heavy either. Some bitterness in the finish. Caramel malts are balanced out pretty well by the hops. An old favorite, been drinking this for 15 yrs and still tastes pretty darn good today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (10070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
Ruby amber, modest head. Earthy, sweet, and fruity aromas. Interesting palate of caramel malt that shares attention equally with a fruity tartness that you dont see in amber ales. Subtle, but very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
da845 (139) - new york, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
light floral aroma, aminimal head, clear, golden, amber.light sweetness, very clean on the palate.medium body, average carbonation,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2006
Poured clear light copper in color with tiny white short lived head. Below average aroma that comes mostly from the caramel to biscuit malts with a bit of hops. First taste has the caramel/biscuit malt flavor reaching in and giving your tongue a hug with an above average level of carbonation. The finish feels dry and a bit of bitterness from the hops. A good beer. As someone previously wrote, the price doesnt warrant what you get, these days. Maybe 15 years ago.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
Pours a very clear amber from the bottle. Very thin, quickly dispersing head and little lacing. Aroma is very weak, almost non-existent. Taste is thin, but there is some hoppines to it. I want to give a lot of deference to this one, because it was one of the first microbrews I ever tried when I came of age. However, its reputation is greater than the product, unfortunately. I wonder whether this beer has changed over the 20 years since I tried it last or the quality of microbrews has left this one so far behind. . .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle sampled at my house for beer night with Stegosaurus. I just didnt like this everyone else there did. Nice pour and aroma, but dry and bitter finish i didnt care for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brg898s (8) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
Anchor Steam is probably my current favorite in the microbrew category. It is a solid beer that isnt too heavy to drink on a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (10302) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2006
Dec 2005 New York and Boston on tap, and occasionally picked up in bottle in Sainsburys good crisp and refreshing beer with hops present and quite nice bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Delirium (663) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Draught. Pours yellow/gold with moderate head. Aroma is malty with a bit of caramel and noticeable hops. Taste is malty in an odd sort of way, with a bit of grainy sweetness, and a somewhat hoppy finish. Neither bad nor particularly interesting.

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