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RATINGS: 3746   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
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Something unpleasant in the aroma, can’t place it. Thin mouthfeel. Fruity and dry. Peach or apple? Maybe apricot. Some moderate bitterness. This was the best experience I’ve had with this beer, even though every one i’ve had was from the same 6-pack. Nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

4.1
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2005
Mid amber colour with a frothy, long-lasting white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma with a bit of hoppiness. The taste was so friendly and drinkable that I found the 355ml bottle a bit meagre. Could do with a (British, 20 fl oz.) pint of this. Sourness and dryness are both present, neither excessively. Not a complex taste, but somehow immensely satisfying.

3.3
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2005
Pint poured at the Big Skye Cafe in San Luis Obispo (California), amber in colour with a medium head. A fruity hop aroma which is replicated in the flavour, though a little sour on the palate.

3.5
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Copper color with a very thin head. Sweet aroma is fruity with just a hint of hops. Nice bitter flavor with just a bit of a malty finish. Fantastic session beer. Crisp and refreshing. Not too complex but still a quality beer for everyday quaffing. Extra point overall for drinkability.

3.9
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Deep amber/copper. Good mouhtfeel with clean malt flavor. Hops come through in the finish. I first had this beer in San Francisco almost 30 years ago. A classic that many believe started the craft/micro brew movement in the US. My hat is off to Fritz Maytag.

3.3
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
interesting beer.....i will have to try this again.......and the bottle is a cool shape....

3.5
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Light copper color great head and a great ovverall smell to the beer. Light fruitness with a hint of malt. Good hops with a semi bitter flavor. Dry finish which was perfect for this beer. I get a small acid flvaor maybe due to an old bottle. Great beer. Way to go Anchor Steam!!!

3
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
On draught. Tasted during trip to California. Golden clear colour with a nice head. Little hoppy nise. Big mouthfull, hoppy taste, that ends up bitter and hints of cirtus.

3.5
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2005
This is more my type of beer. It has a strong malty flavor, but best of all a lingering bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Some may find this too bitter.

4.6
Moonlight77 (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Having lived in bay area for while I can’t say how many time this tasty brew hit the spot. Light considering its full flavor.


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