RATINGS: 3742   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintArnold1977 (26) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I gave this a try and was surprised..I agree with the caramel aftertaste which I liked. I actually liked the color if it sttin in my glass more than usual.. Kinda copper but not quite. Nutty like me so maybe that was why I liked it..Not much smell but smooth overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2005
Agree with the previous rater about the smooth caramel aftertaste and certainly easily drinkable. Dull looking honey/copper coloured body with a fairly lasting off-white head. Caramel in the aroma and if you look for it, some pears. Hasnt got heaps of body but has some character and this will be my benchmark for this style of beer. Aroma follows through to the taste along with some pleasant bitterness. A light, drinkable blend of caramel and pears with a hint of nuts thrown in.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Very drinkable. Weak aroma. Beer tasted very smooth with a carmel aftertase. Amber in the glass, smooth tasting with slightly efervesent carbonation astrigent on the palet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zombywoof (462) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Zesty, effervescent first rate lager. Bready and fruit notes. I should drink this more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This beer had a nice head. It tasted a little like coffee with no aftertaste. It was brown in color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Had during a beer tasting party. Poured amber and tastes malty. Bitter finish yet remarkably balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Not bad, but that also means, not great either. There is a bit of fruityness to the flavour, as well as a good deal of maltyness. Over all, this beer is middle of the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Orange copper with creamy white head. The aroma is of carmel malts and a bit of a fruityness. Flavor is a decent smack of malts. Carmel malts, tangy gritty malt. A somewhat bitter finish, appears to be from Cascade hops. Nice decent beer. Clean and crisp on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3355) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2005
on draught. Anchor Steam pours a light amber with a fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet of pears with some grains. The flavor is of bland hops, a little like paper, with a more pleasant sweetness and wood in the finish. Refreshing at least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (15378) - Snderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Draught. Slightly dusty aroma. Almost clear dark copper colour. OK flavour, but a little thin. Slightly rough bitterness, hint of aroma hops.

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