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RATINGS: 3660   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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3.7
BrewKrew (29) - bellevue, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Amber red in color, nice big white head that dissipates quickly. Flavor of roasted malts. light floral hop aroma. has a surprisingly smooth clean finish.

2.6
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2006
12oz bottle: Amber red in color. Big white head, somewhat diminishing. Aroma of malt, some hops, not much aroma. Bitter taste, malts, sour. Not very fizzy.

3.6
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Nice to look at but not a beer of my preference. Has it’s merits but in terms of taste, i.e NOT water, but not flavorful to catch my interest. I would not spit it out.

2.9
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006
This one didn’t do much for me, and I didn’t get much of the "floral hop aroma" mentioned in the commercial description, but I did get almost a little maltiness. The maltiness in the aroma as well as the flavour is somewhere between lager and ale. Mouth feel is a little sticky, medium bodied. Hops didn’t show much for me in the flavour either. Not bad, but not my style.

1.1
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Poured a medium golden color with a thin white head. A tart wheat aroma? The Anchor Steam I had must have been a bad one because it had little to no taste at all. What little taste it had stuck in my mouth. Interesting.

3.4
harrisoni (19157) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle. I remember having this years ago. Even had it in The City itself back in 2000. Malty aroma that is quite attractive. Bit over carbonated in mouth with more malt some red fruit and a hoppiness that runs through it, but not as intense as most US beers. Malt is quite biscuity in fact. Finish has a cookie dough feel about it. Prefer both the Liberty and Porter to this. Fine. Nice cookie dough malt, but needs something deeper to be a great beer

3.5
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Pours amber with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, flowery hops, and bready lager yeast. Taste is pretty simple, sweet caramel malt with some spicy hops backing it up. I can’t perceive much in the way of ale fruitiness, it tastes cold lagered to me.The fermentation profile is similar to Wy2308, which is my favorite lager yeast. The hops are the best part of this beer. This well-balanced beer is easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A classic beer from American brew history. Enjoyable, but not exceptionally good.

3.5
gnoff (10788) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2017 First rating
Rating added 1/26/2006
Not well balanced, too malty. Not at all as good as I’ve been told, although I do like several of Anchor’s other products.
3/3/3/3/7=1.9

Second rating
Draught at The Rover, Göteborg.
Clear amber color, thick lasting tan head. Sweet, malty and metallic taste. Sweet malty scent. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
6/4/6/3/12=3.1

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355 ml bottle from Systembolaget.
On August 30, 2008
Clear copper color, fluffy tan head. Malty and hoppy scent. Malty and fruity hoppy taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
7/4/7/3/14=3.5

2.6
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
a dark amber color with a creamy head with good retension. Abit bitter to start but smooths out near the bottom

4.8
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Steam beer is a beer style that originated on the West Coast of the United States. Before the days of refrigeration, West Coast brewers brewed beer with a lager yeast, but had to work with temperatures more suited for ales. So to cool the brew it was fermented in abnormally shallow vessels, but conditioned at warmer ale temperatures. This vessels were found of the roof of the brewery, so when the fermenting beer hit the cool ocean breezes of San Francisco, steam could be see coming from the roof of the brewery. It is also said that so much natural carbonation would build up when the beer conditioned in wooden kegs that the beer woul "steam" when tapped. So what is steam beer? It is a hybrid beer, somewhere between an ale and a lager, taking the best of both worlds. It has the fruity esters of an ale, yet the smoothness of a lager. Anchor Steam is a world class beer, and the classic example of this unique style. Anchor Steam pours to a beautiful, bright, amber color, with a thick white head, and a very lively carbonation. The nose is wonderful. Aromas of hops, malt, and fruity esters flood the nose. The palate is firm, some good pale malt and sweet malt flavors, and touches of fruity esters coat the tongue. The body is very round and smooth, making Anchor Steam a very drinkable beer. This beer finishes with more esters up front, and then dries with a pleasing hop bitterness that slightly lingers. This beer is exceptional. It would match well with a number of dishes. I find it to work extremely well with shellfish such as mussels, clams, crabs, or lobsters. It would also work well with grilled fish, or with a nice grilled rib eye or NY strip steak. Or just a great beer to drink after a long day.


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