RATINGS: 3774   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CDBrDisappear (6) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I had heard about this beer often and never tried it. My impression is that is a bit overrated. The aroma is hoppy but taste is short lived and acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
I didnt enjoy this beer much. The best part was the fresh hoppy aroma, with a hint of smoke and possibly mint?! I didnt enjoy the mid and post taste. It was fairly bitter, very carbonated, and just not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Z2221344 (6) - CANADA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I love this beer. Granted, a good deal of that probably has to do with bias at this point - Ive been enjoying this particular beer for a long time. Enjoy it with some clam chowder and sourdough bread for a real San Francisco treat. Anything Id add about the taste has already been stated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Nice golden color with small head. Just not very smooth. The fruity bitterness just dosnt mix well for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle. Nose like biscuits dunked in tea. Golden body with a thick, solid, foamy head. Taste is malty and hoppy but with a little lasting alcohol that doesnt really help. Finish of liquored fruit, like a christmas pudding or rich fruit cake. Over all quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Draught. Clear light brown color with thin white head that laced the glass. Nose is of dried fruit, caramel malt, and a hint of grape candy and citrus hops. Dry and slightly bitter. Bitterness lingers on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
12oz bottle...hey its a twist off now! Brown hued beer w/ thin tan head. Aromas of carmel, earth, faint smoke, mint?, A very distinct aroma that I just cant seem to translate into words...leather maybe. Drinks full enough for a session beer w/ a good balance of malt(carmel) and hops (leathery, earthy). Yeast helps make it unique w/ a hint of smoke coming through it. The beer closes w. moderate bitterness, fairly clean w/o much lingering flavor. A good, tasty utility beer...a nice change up from APAs or German Pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Great session brew that deserves a little more respect than the rating indicates. Since this is a widely available brew, no need to write a long review. Simply a standard of the style, that is crisp, refreshing and mildly hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2006
bottle - Pours light brown, thin head. Somewhat sweet flavor with a little hops bite. I think it could have used more of the hops character. Decent, fairly crisp finish. Its okay for a session beer, but a little lacking.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2006
Bottled. Light brown with a light brown head. Has an aroma of btter hops. Has a flavour that consists mainly of malt and at the same time it has a sweet after taste.

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