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RATINGS: 3747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
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 it’s 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 it’s not a wheat beer, that’s 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.

2.9
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.

3.3
gsteph (325) - 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.

3.2
joergen (28148) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
Orange colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel. Malty flavour with notes of caramel and a well balanced hoppy finish.

3.1
ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Clear amber. Aroma is caramel, bread, toast, light hops. Medium to light body, toasty caramel flavor that is very drinkable.

2.5
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Clear amber beer with no head. Faint malt aroma. Malty flavor with a lot of hops. Grapefruit. More hops than I like especially at first, but it gets better farther into the beer. Full body and smooth mouthfeel with just a tiny tingle and tartness from the minimum carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. I didn’t like this at first, but it grew on me somewhat towards the end. Good quality but not my style.

3.9
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2005
My first California Common, and it was a good experience. Creamy head. Fizzy, lively beer. Bright gold in color. Smelled sweet and spicy. Full-tasting, smooth, hoppy and spicy. Pepper, allspice, honey, orange rind and musk. This is my new idea of what the all-American beer should be.

4.2
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours a beautiful deep amber color, nice head that dissapates a bit too quickly. Aroma is hoppy and that hard-to-describe esteriness that comes from warm fermentation with a lager yeast. Not fruity like a real ale, but very distinctive. Flavor is classic California common: crisp, fairly clean, medium bodied. Nice bitter aftertaste, very refreshing beer. One of my all-time favorites and an American classic.

3.3
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Poured a copper color with a small to medium white head. Malty aroma of caramel and somewhat toasty. Malty flavor with hint of lemon and hoppy finish. Light bodied.

3.7
jefcon (1853) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Draft. Hops and malts in harmony in this full-bodied beer. Brown and nutty, the hops are stronger in the aroma than on the tongue. Bitter throughout, but not unpleasant. Better than I expected.


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