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RATINGS: 3689   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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3.5
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a small white head. Not much of an aroma but I could easily tate the hops and it was a nice palate choice with some great food.

3.1
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 Smooth, somewhat unique, but not my style at all. Would have again, but really nothing special. More of a gimmick than anything (despite its history) - Drinkable, but I would prefer something else.

3.1
JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
This was an enjoyable easy to drink beer. Tastes like any ordinary beer, but is quite refreshing. I could drink a lot of this. Grassy, nutty, and a little hops.

3
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Pours amber with off-white head. Light grassy aroma. Light flavor, a bit hoppy. Bubby on the palate. Easy to drink.

3.4
Sputerbug (118) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2006
12 oz bottle pours a nice clear dark amber with a fast fading white head.Not much of an aroma and what you do smell is sorta unpleasant.The taste of pine and grass and mild hops are just barely detectable.This is easy to drink because there little bitterness or sweeetness.This is a grat beer to slam after mowing.

3.7
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
355 ml bottle. Tried in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Reddish color. No head. Good carbonation. Light apple taste.

3.7
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
12-oz. Pours a light amber with a wispy white falling head, virtually still. Huge bready, spicy aroma, with maybe a little basement in there. Attack is crisp and bubbly for such a still-looking beer. Definite earthy hops on the mid-palate, maybe more pronounced there than on the finish. Totally satisfying and completely sessionable beer, and it’s a living monument to west coast history to boot. I’ve loved this beer for a long time and it still never disappoints.

3.2
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Pours amber, light brown with nice off-white head. Light carbonation and mouthfeel. Has a smooth light maltyness with a dry hoppy and long finish.

2.9
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 A Lager aroma. Deep dark copper in color w/ a thin white head. Light in flavor and body, a lot like a pilsner. A tight crisp bite on the palate, extremely refreshing. Malts, fruit undertones, small hops. Recommended.

3.5
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2006
The description says this pours deep amber with a creamy head. Mine pour golden yellow with a lager foamy head. The falvor is very mild, A good all round flavor. Nice clean finish. I think I will be getting this again.


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