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RATINGS: 3749   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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2.9
Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark amber pour with a frothy white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Grassy taste with crystal malt and some piney hops. Nothing to write home about.

3.7
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Anchor was probably the first craft beer I got into, so maybe my appreciation is a bit nostalgic. Very drinkable, copper color, smallish head. Nice nose of some sweet malts and minor hops. Hits the pallette smooth and can go several rounds.

3.3
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
A good, easy to drink beer. Nothing distinctive. Can be drunk in quantity.

3.5
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Nice copper color. Little head. Smells sweet. Sweet upfront, light hoppy taste.

3.2
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Copper/amber color, small off-white head. Hoppy, sweet aroma. A nice, changing hop flavor with light malts to balance. Pretty refreshing.

1.8
screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Poured a light copper color. Small white head with minor lacing. Smells sweet, tastes sweet. Aftertaste reminds me of dirty aquarium water. I don’t care for this much.

3.5
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2004
pours a right nice amber color with a small to medium head. Sweet taste with a hoppy bitter afertaste.

2.8
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
On tap- was amber in color with little hops in the aroma. A little malt comes through up front, but finishes bitter. Not bad, but I wouldnt go out of my way to find it again.

3.6
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Cloudy amber body with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy and i can find some fruity esters too. Very nice hop flavor, some fruityness too. My first in this style and what a beer, could drink this as my everyday beer!

3
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Aroma was slightly hoppy but not much there. Taste is alright, but nothing out of the ordinary, slightly bitter towards the end. All in all a decent beer but nothing to rave about.


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