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RATINGS: 3747   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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3.3
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Nice golden color with small head. Just not very smooth. The fruity bitterness just dosn’t mix well for me.

3.4
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 doesn’t really help. Finish of liquored fruit, like a christmas pudding or rich fruit cake. Over all quite nice.

3
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.

3.4
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 can’t 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.

3.5
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.

2.9
patrick767 (4063) - 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. It’s okay for a session beer, but a little lacking.

2.7
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.

3
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Botled. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves good lacing. Like so many of Anchor’s beers all I can smell is poor smelling yeast, maybe a little malt with it. Slight malt flavor with some jasmine notes to it. I love this beer more for what it is and who brews it rather than what it tastes like.

3.5
Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Amber color with little head. Some hoppyness and sort of sour too. Drinks easily with a little fruityness to it. Not an overly complex flavor, but i still enjoyed it greatly. Probably better for the summer and some sort of outdoor activity than in the middle of winter

3.9
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2006
(Bottled) Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Caramely-malty, sweetish and buttery toffee aroma with raisins. Caramely-malty, slightly smoky and sweet flavor with a steady, bitter hoppiness in the background. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with balanced carbonation. An easily drinkable, easily hopped ale. Not bad, but nothing special.


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