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RATINGS: 3641   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
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Very drinkable. Weak aroma. Beer tasted very smooth with a carmel aftertase. Amber in the glass, smooth tasting with slightly efervesent carbonation astrigent on the palet.

3.9
zombywoof (467) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Zesty, effervescent first rate lager. Bready and fruit notes. I should drink this more often.

3.4
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This beer had a nice head. It tasted a little like coffee with no aftertaste. It was brown in color.

3
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Had during a beer tasting party. Poured amber and tastes malty. Bitter finish yet remarkably balanced.

3.1
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Not bad, but that also means, not great either. There is a bit of fruityness to the flavour, as well as a good deal of maltyness. Over all, this beer is middle of the road.

3.4
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Orange copper with creamy white head. The aroma is of carmel malts and a bit of a fruityness. Flavor is a decent smack of malts. Carmel malts, tangy gritty malt. A somewhat bitter finish, appears to be from Cascade hops. Nice decent beer. Clean and crisp on the palate.

2.9
NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2005
on draught. Anchor Steam pours a light amber with a fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet of pears with some grains. The flavor is of bland hops, a little like paper, with a more pleasant sweetness and wood in the finish. Refreshing at least.

2.8
MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Draught. Slightly dusty aroma. Almost clear dark copper colour. OK flavour, but a little thin. Slightly rough bitterness, hint of aroma hops.

3.4
rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2005
Bright amber-brown color, with a frothy beige head, with a malty, earthy hops aroma follows through on a medium-bodied and roundness palate, with a smooth fruity malty character, flower hops note, leading towards a nice hop dryness finish.

3.9
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Available as 500 mL brown bottle from Whole foods, Deerfield, IL. Clear orange amber hued beer with small white diminishing head with fair lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and hop flowers. Medium bodied that starts with a sharp hop bite and slightly sweet malt flavor and finishes dry with slight hop bitterness and nutty flavor. A very good drinkable beer. I had to have this beer after reading about Fritz Maytag and the history of Anchor brewing company in Ken Well’s Travels with Barley (excellent book - it should be required reading for all beer lovers).


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