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RATINGS: 3745   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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3.4
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Brillant red body with a nice creamy head. Good pines and excellent hops are evident. Very smooth body, pines, honey, hops and water combine win the taste. Extremely clean ending.

2.5
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Copper reddish pour with a roasted head that quickly diminishes to a thin wisp. An earthy hops aroma of pinecones and dirt. Some lightly roasted malts and grass detectable as well. Malty flavor with a bit of roasted corn. Light hops smack at the finish.

3.5
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours medium copper color with little head. Aroma of caramel malts and a bit of earthiness. I really used to like this beer, but right now it doesn’t impress me. Sweet malt flavor with a hint of flowery hops. Thin palate.

2.8
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2006
On tap a Maggionos in King of Prussia PA. Pours an orange amber with an average off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, grass and some corn. Overall a general sweetness. Flavor was a sweet malt, cereal corn and a very light hop.

3.3
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ; rating #116 ]
A mostly lasting large creamy tan head that tops up a clear medium amber body. Moderate lacing. No particules. Aroma is medium cookie / caramel while hops are light flowers. I couldnt point out the yeast. Also, there are evident traces of dark fruits. Initial flavor is lighty sweet caramel and fruity and holds all the way. Finish is medium. Rich body... oily texture... Soft carbonation...

3.5
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Medium copper color with medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma has hints of cherry, apple, caramel. Flavor is creamy, slightly fruity, with lots of caramel and a bit of roastyness.

3.2
ALLOVATE (3014) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2006
Fritz Maytag’s classic revivalist beer, the so-called ’Steam beer’ due to it’s unique, warm, bottom fermentation and complex brewing process. Certainly has a hybrid quality to it, easy to drink like a pale lager with the fruity flavour characteristics of a light ale. Pours a tawny copper, quite clear with a dense, rocky beige head that was mostly lasting, leaving behind a fine trail of lace. Fruits on the nose- not overly fresh, more like a concentrate- with a lightly nutty burst of toffee, caramel and toasted grains. First sip was quite parching whilst the second sip showed the character that would follow it through until the end. Vanilla and toffee come in early as a lightly sweet start to a beer that dries out across the rest of the palate. Light grainy note precedes spicy, citric fruits in the back that give a lightly bitter end before a drying fruity swallow. Quite soft in carbonation and a little thin in mouthfeel. Something in this just seems to dry the mouth right out. Its not overly generous in the flavour department, crossing the tongue with the cleanness of a good lager and the finish is a little too short for my liking. Overall, though, its interesting enough and is one that I could easily down in quick succession. Nice, but not extraordinary. (355mL, 4.8% ABV, BB 05/07, Morley Liquor Merchants)

3.9
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2006
California Common, eh? Not in dusty old Australia. It has taken 760 ratings for me to get my hands on a California Common. And even then it had to be mailed from the other side of the continent. Which makes it all the better that my first should be this classic of the style. It’s a nice amber colour with orange highlights and a fine, loose head showing good retention. The aroma is not at all what I expected. Rather than floral hops, the first thing that struck me was a sticky toffee note reminiscent of Thomas Hardy Ale. A few swirls released some pine, honey and a Belgian-style yeastiness. Medium bodied and very softly carbonated. A very balanced beer, not too aggressive with its flavours. Toffee notes initially, a bready middle and a long, lingering spicy finish. It’s quite a sweet brew but with a satisfying bitterness. What a beautiful beer. Geez, I wish this was available down here. (355ml bottle, IBS Perth, bb June 2007)

2.8
jsou (20) - Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Nice amber/copper colored, clear beer. Pretty long lasting off-white head. Good flavor,but the finish is a little too bitter for my taste. Standard for the style.

2.9
OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
From the bottle

Pours a clear amber orange with an offwhite head. This one takes me back to graduate school, drinking too many bottles at too rapid a pace in some rented Palo Alto apartment. Thus it smells like beer to me on first encounter; a closer dissection of the aroma reveals malt and grain, a slight hoppy sourness, slightly nutty aromas, but nothing that leaps out. The flavor is rather the same. Again, graininess, bready malts, a decently bitter finish. Perfectly drinkable, but I drank my quota of these years ago and so its not anything I’d hurry to return to.


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