RATINGS: 3690   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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jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Pours a great amber color with copper tones. Taste ranged from caramels, maltiness, citrus, to fruitiness and floral hints. I enjoyed this beer start to finish. Great taste throughout the glass even with the complexity of tastes.

luvcasks (178) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
Aroma: Floral hop notes and some faint fruitiness Appearance: Amber with a nice white head Flavor: Fabulous (at the right temp) Slightly fruity, caramely malt flavor balanced beautifully with the hop bitterness. Palate: Light, has a distinct bite in the finish and finishes exceptionally clean making begging for the next pint... take that and compare to the big name brands touting clean finish Overall: Despite being ubiquitous, still the archetype... still wonderful. For me the beer is often served too cold for the full effect

spish (12) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
have tried this both on tap in California and found it in a bottle here in Toronto. one of the best ’steam’ beers out there. smells a bit fruity at first sniff, but the typical characteristics of a steam beer are quickly apparent. slight smell of wet dog, but you can tell it’s a real beer. finished slightly bitter and tastes better at colder temperatures, in my opinion. overall a very nice beer, even from the bottle! found at the LCBO at Wilson/Dufferin in Toronto.

Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Amber appearance with white head. Taste overall is pretty good with a fruitness after taste.

sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
It had an interesting soy-sauce flavor, but had a good finish to it. I love Anchor Steam! Recommended.

smcd (366) - USA - MAR 20, 2006
(Bottles. Draft. On Draft at Brewery. you name it!) Anchor is an awesome brew and the standard (love it or hate it) against which all other California Common or ’team beers must be judged. Floral, but not overpowering hop aromas from the Northern Brewer. A deep, copper appearance with white head. Some crystal malt bite and a definite tannic attack on the back of my palate (not all people get this -- but I ALWAYS get it when drinking an anchor steam ... like a big, chewy red wine gives you). Clean and crisp from the extended lagering profile. A bit yeasty and bready with a slight apple taste/aroma complex. Always enjoyable.

screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2006
Amber colour. Little hazy. Off-white head. Sweet taste. Some nuts. Also some kind of spice in flavor. A dry finish.

JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours amber with light off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, floral hops and roasted malts. Flavor is well developed, but brought down by overly heavy carbonation. Fruity finish.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
On Tap at the Beer House, Manchester 19/06/2001 Mid brown coloured with a pale aroma. Hoppy.

ganache (6089) - 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]

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