RATINGS: 3741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 krusening.

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 Franciscos 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 Franciscos original Anchor Steam Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Well, for one, this in my eyes is as good as a beer can look: Deep amber with zero cloudiness, and a nice creamy head. Aroma wasnt too impressive. Mostly musky with maybe a slight touch of apple, though certainly not offensive. A bit wattery in the mouth, although the beer really shines through in a pleasant, very slightly malty flavor that is nice and easily drinkable (though not "smooth" like a stout). Maybe its influenced by the name but I feel like I can taste steamyness (even though its not actually made with any sort of steam). It just gives off that kind of feeling. Definitely try out this beer. Drink this sucker cold though because its flavors begin to get a little out of wack as it warms.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Aroma:Light malt,Vegetable.... Appearance:Amber,good withe head... Flavor:Light bitterness and malt flavor...Juste a litle better than a comercial beer....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Good ol Anchor Steam. I remember drinking you a long time ago before I was beer-aware. Its still pretty good, if a bit boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belgo (154) - Kge, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Draught version. Nice copper coloured and very bright beer. Head disappeares quickly. The aroma is dominated by lightly roasted malts (munich type) and a delicate flowery hop aroma. On the palate this impression lasts. Slight sweet fruitiness from the malt. Evident lager caractaristics in spite of the high fermentation temperature for a lager. A very good session beer and, as everybody knows, a classic, but its not even close to being one of Anchors top beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerNJagerYum (16) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2005
This beer goes down smooth, not bitter. Pretty easy drinking. Not good warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1493) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
It was awhile ago since i had this one. I remeber it being pretty good though. Was smooth and pleasant to drink. Nothing too special but a good better then average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Pleasant aroma smells of apple and spring flowers. Appearance is golden-reddish with a nice thick creamy head. Lacing remains throughout enjoyment. Clean crisp hoppy and apple tasting. I like this little beer, its certainly the first of its kind that ive had. Mouthfeel was ok, pretty drinkable. I like this much more than their porter. Id say this is a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
On draft Pours a clear copper with a thin and quickly dissipating head. Some fine ivory lacing. Smells crisp and lightly bitter. Hints of fruity yeast. Taste is crisp malt and nice bittering hops. Nothing inhgerently "hoppy" about this brew, that is just what comes out first. Lightly fruity malt in the middle somewhere and way back there just hints of banana. Crisp mouth and nice dry finish. Well crafted and balanced. Lots of subtle complexities. An old favorite that is always nicely drinkable. Love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2005
A friend brought me some at our barebcue and I was pleasantly surprised. Poured like any good larger with a nice amber color and fluffy white head that laced well. Malty aroma with some floral scents. Taste was nutty and malt that slowly finished with some bitterness. Really refreshing and easy to like. Will get more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Musty floral aroma. Amber body with a decent white head. Easy to drink beer that left a fruit aftertaste on the palate.

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