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RATINGS: 3670   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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3.2
lancenelson (26) - Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2006
A light beer with some fruitiness. A good choice if in the mood for a lager.

2.8
KnutAlbert (6791) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2006
Draft (in Sweden). Mild and smooth with a rather nice bitter finish. I find this a bit too lightweight.

3.5
beerdrinker101 (56) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
Another nice beer from Anchor. Light citrus flavors with a little bit of honey.

3.1
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.

3.1
Geiserich (4595) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2006
Bottled:
Intensive banana aroma, light notes of citrus and chlorine. Light to medium bodied, short malty flavor, intensive bitter and dry finish.

2.4
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.

3.2
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2006
Yet another great looking Anchor beer. Nice toasty, biscuity, bready, Vienna-esque malt aroma with some orange rind. Fresh mint and eggs sneak in there again. Nice tight spicy maltiness with an assertive, slightly harsh bitterness. Nice beer, but unremarkable. Saying this beer constitutes a distinct style is a stretch too. Sam Adams lager is way more distinctive than this.

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 (1310) - 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.


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