RATINGS: 3746   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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ganache (5896) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 (2006) Bottled. Amber pour, mild carbonation, excellent if smallish off-white head. Strong aroma of perfume and and alcohol, stronger caramel and malt. Complex roasted taste. Very soft in the mouth, taste is not as strong as implied by the nose. As of this writing, I’ve not tasted anything like this. Mild and quaffable. [3.2]

Long-overdue re-rate in May of 2009. Pale malt, citrus, grass, something like a noisy pale lager. Amber pour, clear and leaning to copper, with a nicely lacing off-white head. Watery body, light caramel, dust and chalk, grass and grainy profile leaning metallic, skunky perfume, water just doesn’t seem very clean. I can’t finish this bottle, and I can’t imagine living in a time when this was king of the hill. [1.3]

Fourth bottle here in May 2013. A little sweeter, a little cleaner this time, though not by much. Still has that grain-perfume nonsense, but perhaps a little more candyish. Otherwise, everything holds, and I mutter silently to myself. [1.5]

rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2006
Pours a headless, slightly hazy ruby.
Lovely, fruity sweet aroma with molasses and spices.
Very Brit-ale like malt and hop character in well balanced flavor. Fruity. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Medium body. Farily heavy carbonation.

winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Nice clean and balanced taste. A little more fulfilling and fuitier than a lager but still crisp and refreshing. Low to medium body and maltiness with a moderate taste of cascade hops.

KUEric (976) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle: Pours a copper color with nice little head on it. I think I may have gotten a skuny bottle. It smelled of malts, tuna fish, citrus. The tastes were of malts, lobster/fish, citrus, and a bitter yeasty finish.

lancenelson (26) - Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2006
A light beer with some fruitiness. A good choice if in the mood for a lager.

KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2006
Draft (in Sweden). Mild and smooth with a rather nice bitter finish. I find this a bit too lightweight.

beerdrinker101 (56) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
Another nice beer from Anchor. Light citrus flavors with a little bit of honey.

harpo (13) - bainbridge, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
nice beer, copper colored...medium body with a slightly bitter finish. very drinkable but not really a remarkable beer. much better than most any domestic macro though. had had a number of times and probably will again.

Geiserich (4519) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2006
Intensive banana aroma, light notes of citrus and chlorine. Light to medium bodied, short malty flavor, intensive bitter and dry finish.

Mirage52 (147) - New Market, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Not my thing. from a bottle it poured a dark golden brown with a thick cream colored head. Lots of coating. Tasted more like medicine than anything else. I realize that there is more to beer than pale lagers and the occasional non-hoppy ale, but I like my beer to taste good. I suppose I could force a few of these down to the point of them tasting better, but I normally don’t want to do that. Not for close to $9.50 a six pack.

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