RATINGS: 3742   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quinten (1062) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2006
dark color, fluffy thick head, some sweetness, medium carbonation. Not my style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13880) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small, but lasting off-white head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, and a bit floral. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of toasted malt, and some floral hops with a crisp, bittter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2006
This beer has a amber body - hue apperance and a coarse white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had no carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is very bitter with a light smooked afther tast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewKrew (29) - bellevue, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Amber red in color, nice big white head that dissipates quickly. Flavor of roasted malts. light floral hop aroma. has a surprisingly smooth clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2006
12oz bottle: Amber red in color. Big white head, somewhat diminishing. Aroma of malt, some hops, not much aroma. Bitter taste, malts, sour. Not very fizzy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Nice to look at but not a beer of my preference. Has its merits but in terms of taste, i.e NOT water, but not flavorful to catch my interest. I would not spit it out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006
This one didnt do much for me, and I didnt get much of the "floral hop aroma" mentioned in the commercial description, but I did get almost a little maltiness. The maltiness in the aroma as well as the flavour is somewhere between lager and ale. Mouth feel is a little sticky, medium bodied. Hops didnt show much for me in the flavour either. Not bad, but not my style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Poured a medium golden color with a thin white head. A tart wheat aroma? The Anchor Steam I had must have been a bad one because it had little to no taste at all. What little taste it had stuck in my mouth. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17572) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle. I remember having this years ago. Even had it in The City itself back in 2000. Malty aroma that is quite attractive. Bit over carbonated in mouth with more malt some red fruit and a hoppiness that runs through it, but not as intense as most US beers. Malt is quite biscuity in fact. Finish has a cookie dough feel about it. Prefer both the Liberty and Porter to this. Fine. Nice cookie dough malt, but needs something deeper to be a great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Pours amber with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, flowery hops, and bready lager yeast. Taste is pretty simple, sweet caramel malt with some spicy hops backing it up. I cant perceive much in the way of ale fruitiness, it tastes cold lagered to me.The fermentation profile is similar to Wy2308, which is my favorite lager yeast. The hops are the best part of this beer. This well-balanced beer is easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A classic beer from American brew history. Enjoyable, but not exceptionally good.

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