RATINGS: 3742   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (994) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2005
A uniquely solid beer from Anchor. Big creamy head adds a nice touch. Some roasty malt flavors are present. Quite drinkable. Biggest downfall is a dry palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7178) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2016 It has been years since I have had this beer. I had it a number of times before but did not remember it well. I decided to try one again for rating purposes. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bronze color with a medium sized yellow-tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice flowery hop note. The beer is surprisingly dry with a light body and a dry flowery hop finish. Overall there was more character than I remembered but this is not one of my preferred styles.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
Average sized off white head, clear copper body. There is a slight hoppy aroma. The taste starts very slightly bitter then ends with a fairly large hoppy flavor. The after taste reminds me of grapefruit. The more I drank it the more I wanted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2005
One of Americas best, with a well balanced caramelized flavor and just enough hops to make it qualify as a beer. A bit on the weak side--but a yummy brew indeed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (5032) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draft in Sacramento, CA. Copper colored with light tan head. Simply ordinary. Some malts, some hops. This may be a big seller, but there are many better brews around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Nice drink, lacing holds up well. A copper colour pour. Not fantastic, but pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1611) - Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Bottle. Bottled on 12/29/04. Pours copper with thick light-khaki head. Aroma is of perfume and hops. Taste is nicely balanced. Sweet malts give way to some nice bitter hops. Hints of chemical/metallic aftertaste. Dry finish. Solid medium-bodied beer. Nothing stands out though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Draft at Filiipis Pizza. Golden Amber in color with an ok head. Taste held up most of the way down. Not a favorite, but definitely the best of the choices I had that night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2005
enstilled in golden yet distinctly hidden bitterness this beer brought about a sensation of fulfillment upon my tounge. a quality brew that gives you all that is implied by its legend, well, at least the bottle looks nice. cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yuhasz (23) - USA - MAR 30, 2005
Has an aweful after-taste. Going in your mouth is ok, going down is like taking your medicine. Interesting bottle though.

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