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RATINGS: 3661   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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2.9
cweston (11) - Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2006
(bottle) Finally got around to tasting this classic. Generous head and pleasant aroma. There’s a certain estery component to the flavor that detracts from an otherwise very nice beer in my opinion. Something about the flavor balance doesn’t strike me well. Nice finish and smooth drinking, though.

3.2
jrob21 (3774) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This is usually the good beer I go for if nothing else is at the bar. Tasty refreshing brew. Some of the less common beers from these guys are more unique though.

3.5
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2006
"Pour a amber color with a white head which stayed around for awhile. Smelled of spices malts and caramel. Tasted of malts and yeast. Overall not a bad beer. Wont look for but would have again."

3
CMUBEERMAN (457) - - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This beer always has this certain character that makes it taste amazingly hoppy at first and then sour and acidic later.

5
rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
The best beer in America, and one of the top beers in the world. The Mecca of California beer, a perfectly transparent beer.

3.1
CDBrDisappear (6) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I had heard about this beer often and never tried it. My impression is that is a bit overrated. The aroma is hoppy but taste is short lived and acidic.

2.1
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
I didn’t enjoy this beer much. The best part was the fresh hoppy aroma, with a hint of smoke and possibly mint?! I didn’t enjoy the mid and post taste. It was fairly bitter, very carbonated, and just not my thing.

4.2
Z2221344 (6) - CANADA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I love this beer. Granted, a good deal of that probably has to do with bias at this point - I’ve been enjoying this particular beer for a long time. Enjoy it with some clam chowder and sourdough bread for a real San Francisco treat. Anything I’d add about the taste has already been stated.

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.


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