RATINGS: 3638   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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Diode (7) - USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
Anchor Steam takes a bit to get used to. When switching from typical pale ale canned water to something with as much of a bite as this brew, it can be a shock to the senses. The first one might leave you a bit standoffish, but the following 2, 3, 4.. etc.. can get you hooked. Not something I’d have more than two or three times a month and certainly not a special occasion brew.. but it’s got its own place on the originality shelf.

brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
A very unique beer. Invented in San Francisco in 1896 and as far as I know, very few others make Steam Beer. This however is the original. Created by Fritz Maytag. ( same as the washing machine ) tastes like a lot of hops and a hint of "Sun" detergent. I say "Sun" because this stuff is so bad I cant imagine it having a hint of your finer detergents, such as "Tide". Truly bad. I used to live in the Bay area, and a lot of bars have it on tap, but it’s very rare to see anyone ask for it. I imagine it’s at so many places just because it is a beer that is uniquely exclusive to San Francisco, and is a part of brewing history. I’ve had it on tap and in bottle. Doesn’t matter. Gross

XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2005
A real drinkable beer! Nice malty aroma and flavor. I got it as part of a sample pack of micro brews; now I’m looking for it in a case!

ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2005
Amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel, smells a bit like a dark lager. Malty flavor with some sweetness, slightly bitter finish. Palate is rather thin

Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Pours dark copper with smallish amount of clean white head. Minty, earthy hop aromas with a bit of malt sweetness. Hint of pine and dill weed. Tastes of nice grainy malts. Like good warm chewy bread. Hop presense is a little sweet and lingering. Just a hint of yeast in the finish. A unique and well crafted beer.

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.

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 can’t beleive it took me this long to get around to rating it.

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.

JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 4, 2005
Thin, pale looking golden-orange color. Head is egg-shell, wonderfully thick, and doesn’t 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.

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 won’t be dissapointed.

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