RATINGS: 3673   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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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. It’s still pretty good, if a bit boring.

Belgo (154) - Køge, 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 it’s not even close to being one of Anchors top beers.

BeerNJagerYum (16) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2005
This beer goes down smooth, not bitter. Pretty easy drinking. Not good warm.

Nejhleader (1574) - 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.

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, it’s certainly the first of it’s kind that i’ve had. Mouthfeel was ok, pretty drinkable. I like this much more than their porter. I’d say this is a must try.

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.

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.

Bockyhorsey (2638) - 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.

Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Exceptionally easy to drink beer. Nice sweet malt with just a little spice and a hop finish that dries out just enough. Very unique, but not incredible. Great in the summer.

Stew41 (2082) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Tasted August 2007
Notes from this sample are largely consistent with the previous tasting from 2005. tasted blind I might have picked this as a heavier malted English bitter. Shows lots of balance. Tasted May 2005 3.4
Style? Medium orange to copper, clear. Holds a nice small head. Very expressive and impressive nose; deep malts with a sweet chocolate note. Malty character falls away in the mouth and is replaced with a solid firm palate that finishes quite bitter. Some nutty malty notes help round the beer out. Unique beer and mouth filling in the truest sense.

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