RATINGS: 3773   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a golden-copper color with an off-white head.I never saw any lace.The smell started out with a light malt,biscuit aroma and some light hops in the background.The taste seems malt dominant with some slight hop bitterness in the finish.It has a light body with alot of carbonation.This is a very decent beer that I will purchase again.This would be a good session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Attractive copper coloring. Not much aroma - but what was there is nice with malty notes and a hint of tea. Good flavor with a crisp hoppy bite. Definitely the top of its style. I cant beleive it took me this long to get around to rating it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Poured a nice copper amber with a good head and great lacing. Nice crisp light aroma. light malt and hopps flavor with just a bit of a bitter bite at the finish. This is a very good easy drinking beer, very very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 4, 2005
Thin, pale looking golden-orange color. Head is egg-shell, wonderfully thick, and doesnt quit. Smell is rather light, vegetable hops and pale malts. Taste is watery with a nice, crisp, lemony/vegetable hop flavor that nicely complements the complex malt foundation. Lots of doughy-bread flavors, and yeast. Aftertaste is all yeast, malt and dry hops. Nice drinking beer definitive of California breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Nice solid creamy head. Beautiful deep color, yet still transluscent through a pint glass. Excellent clean alcohol finish, thanks to those bottom fermenting lager yeasts. Nice UK hop flavors with a US west-coast hopping strategy: A wonderful dry-hopped flavor from Northern Brewer hops, a nice change from the usual west-coast Cascade dry-hopping strategy. Good in the bottle, even better on tap. A truely unique American craft brew. Call a few months ahead to the brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco and schedule a tour. You wont be dissapointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Imagine if BMC actually succeded in making a good beer. This is that beer. Lightly hopped, clean malts. Funny, I hadnt even noticed that several other raters used the word clean until I used myself...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Legendary beer with a taste to match. The understated commercial description does not do justice to this. Yet, the description is extremely accurate. This beer is clean tasting with a floral hop. As the great architect Meis Van Der Rohe once said "less is more." Try this one with sour dough and beef stew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Crisp, solid, refreshing. Light and slightly hoppy. Good for having one or two witn snacks or light dinner. I will definitely try this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
Clear dark orange with a foamy, fizzy head that dissipates into a ring. Prominent sweet aroma of malt, with some raisin. Clean sweet and bitter balance with hops bitterness that holds on for a bit, coupled with a raisiny aftertaste. Subtle but apparent hop flavour. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
bottled, an good beer, copper hue, w/off white head, clean smooth taste, enjoyed the hoppiness. would try this again.

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