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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dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Has a mild aroma and generally plain apperance. The flavor is the strange part. Has a tinny metal flavor. Not sure where that comes from. But, it detracts from th e rest of the flavor

User37895 (3085) - - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 A nice refreshing beer with flavor and smoothness. Pour is amber to copper in color, excellent head on draft (esp in SFO), great retention and lacing. Aroma was bready and lightly fruited, nutty? Flavor was light fruits, citrus, bread, v. light and well-balanced hopping in the finish. This is a great session beer. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy for a lager, moderate for an ale. Under-rated if you can get this regularly on draft.

molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours a light brown with a thick white head. Has a bit of lacing. Aroma of nuts and dried fruit with yeastiness. Tastes of hops and raisins, a bit malty. Creamy mouthfeel, finish is of hops. My first California Common.

agl108 (1307) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Dark orange color. Nose is floral and malty. Flavor is malty with a bitter finish. Crisp and quite refreshing. One of my gateway brews to the world of better beer.

ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 certainly not my cup of tea, weird bitterness in the finish, certainly not cartwheeling over this one.

RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 26, 2006
Mid to dark orange colour, little gassy white head. Lively. Hoppy, quite bitter. Corn. Not a great deal to this beer, typical american beer on the whole.

505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Orangish brown pour, small white head. Aroma had some hops, malt, citrus, but not too strong. Taste was excellent though, pretty hoppy, bitter, with a slight tart citrus/green grapes taste, and a nutty finish, with some taste of pine. Medium body, enjoyable beer. Great for hot summer drinking, when you want a beer for refreshment, but still with some complex qualities.

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Damn this is good! I know that’s not very thought provoking but I can’t help it. That’s what I thought when I first drank it. Aroma has a fantastic combonation of malt and hops. Appearance is a deep rusty orange color with great head. Mouthfeel is intense with medium-body roundness that is nice and soft. Flavor, like the aroma, is expertly balanced between hoppy and malty. This is entirely enjoyable, highly drinkable and would pair great with most food. EXCELLENT!

xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
arom: lager. Ap: reddish orange brown, clear, ok head. F: lagery, corny. P: bad aftertaste, bitter corn metal. O: yuck. work to drink.

Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Only California common I have had. Nice looking burnt orange color. Slight sweetness in aroma. A bitterness normally not found in a "beer" as opposed to an ale. Took awhile to develop a taste for it but found it satisfying. The beer I poured had a thin, quickly disappearing head and a fairly lively carbonation which I like.

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