RATINGS: 3783   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 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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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

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.

SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours medium amber with frothy white head. Good lacing throughout. tastes slighty hoppy, very smooth and has a bit of thickness that is unexpected.

ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Light copper color, off-white head. Aroma is earthy and toasty, with some aromatic hops. Flavor was disappointing. A little toasy malt flavor followed by piney hops. Finish is moderately long. Overated in my opinion.

ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Decent beer. Light maltiness in the flavor that gives way to a slightly bitter finish. Decent overall.

Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
Fairly average, overrated, nothing interesting here.

mephisto (1287) - TAIWAN - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 bottled. a decent american brew, not as hoppy as others, but nice in its own way.

JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2005
Nice malty sweet taste,not as good as the other Anchor beers that Ive tried,but still good.A light easy drinking copper coloured beer.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Anchor Steam is the very essence of American microbrews but is now a pretty major brand and no longer from "one of the smallest breweries in the world". Amber coloured with a decent head. Has a nutty full body with a pronounced hoppiness. A bit brown ale-ish - but in a style of it’s own. Is Anchor Steam losing some of it’s character? I find it a bit overrated in general.

RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Dark golden to amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both a good balance of the malt and hops. I agree, that there is nothing special about this one, but it is still a very decent beer.

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