RATINGS: 3758   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2214) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 24, 2005
Foam creamy of good persistence. Color much intense one; amber shining, discreetly bubbly. Medium scent, not particularly strongly. Fresh and rich taste. Fizzy and bitter to the just point; much balanced one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
nice honey brown color and a off white head. Has kind of a honey taste to it. Overall not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
bottle. malty, almost honey-ish aroma. flavor is a complex maltiness, with a slow balance of hops to finish cleanly. So nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle. A restrained easy drinking beer with a pleasant though slightly unusual caramel flavour. Overcarbonated and not a very full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (4564) - Holbk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Draught, at Rover. Dark golden, white head. A good taste of malt, ending in a fine bitterness. Very fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I enjoyed this beer but its too thin. It doesnt have any overpowering flavors or qualities but is still worthy of a session. Bread, malt, citrus with a medium body. Overall highly crafted in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 a little too bitter for me. aroma was kind of drab and unstimulating. not much head. nothing really unique about it. not terrible but id much rather drink something else.5/3/5/3/11-2/16/05-----re a clear amber beer with a large creamy yellowish head. light fruity hoppy aroma with some bready malts. flavor is fruity(apple, berry) with a good blend of bitter and sweet. nice malt bready malts. light-med bodied and refreshing. this was one of the first beers i rated and haven’t tried it since. man, my taste has changed. i really enjoy this now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
12 oz bottle: Medium amber w/a lasting thin white head. Aroma is of woody oak and sherry suggesting its a little aged. Not surprising from the store that I bought this!!! Lightly toasted bready malt, like lightly toasted wheat bread, but no wheat malt aroma. Given that its not a wheat beer, thats just what it smells like. Pretty clean otherwise. Well balanced, some grainy and doughy bread malt flavors, clean, very little hop flavor, again, given the age it might have been here. Light hints of sherry up front, clean, malty flavor in the semi dry finish w/ a clean short lived aftertaste. I was not a big fan of this beer a few years ago, but it seems not to be growing on me, minus the sherry flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2005
not a bad beer. just the right amount of maltiness. slightly too hoppy but not to bad. definately a good drinkable beer, but not anything exceptional. not a first choice on beer menu, but not the last either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Pours an orangey brown with an off-white, foamy head. Good retention and sticky lacing. This was the best part. Caramel nose with soft warming spice aroma. Flavor is caramel, faint orange and spice with a semi-bitter finish. Crisp and clean with good feel.

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