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RATINGS: 3690   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
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.

3.1
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Poured to a golden orange with off-wjhite head that dissipates quickly, with okay lacing. Aroma, while not bad, was nothing real noticeable. Flavor was okay, and this had a decent palate. I did nopt care for this as much as other Anchor Beers (Old Foghorn and Liberty), but I may have just gotten a bad bottle and may very well try again. This one just didn’t do much for me.

3.3
bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Bottled. Pours a clear orange amber with a lacy off-white head supported by streams of carbonation. The aroma is a combination of malt and oranges. Medium slightly creamy body with lively carbonation. The taste is toffee, bread, fruit, and malt. Lingering pine-bitter finish.

1.8
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Very bland, has no initial flavor, head is small and disappears quickly. Nice brown amber color. Sweet smell to it. Leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste after most of the beer is gone. Not something I’d be willing to spend the amount they are charging for it. Tastes like a high quality cheap american beer with a speciality beer price tag

3.5
lgklotet (437) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle. Very nice, good hoppy aroma and taste, not too sweet. Lacking a bit in aromatics perhaps but compensates with drinkability instead.

3.3
cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
This beer is very pleasant. Thankfully, it’s not too sweet, and it has a healthy dose of bitterness. It’s not extraordinarily interesting. It’s fairly smooth but not extraordinarily so. Overall this is a balanced beer that I would prefer to many, but it’s nothing extraordinary either.

3.1
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2006
tap. bit of an amber color. sweet and malty. quite creamy with cinnomen. not bad.

2.7
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
This had a typical head.Color a bit darker than typical.Aroma typical.Tasted a few steps above typical.Probably won’t buy again.

3.2
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle. Amber color with a white head. Slightly bitter, with malty flavor. Smooth with a nice finish.

3.6
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2006
Pours amber with small white top. Kind of bitter in taste, but also malty. I do think I also sense some butterscotch. The beer has a mild mouthfeel and goes down pretty smoothly.


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