RATINGS: 3742   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1894) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 A very drinkable beer. Good "realiable" bottled beer, If you cant get to the pub! 2011 update: This was my very first rating in 2003. Time for a recheck: A light copper brew. Light roasty and hop character. Very smooth and drinkable. There may be more flashy craft brews out there now, but this one really stands the test of time. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 2008-09-20. Rich dark amber body with a modest beige head that fades. Light hops over caramel malt in the aroma. (6+) Pleasant bitterness has a mineral note to the finish, underlying caramel malt. Average plus palate. (3+) Quite drinkable albeit on the mild side. 6/3/7/3/14 - 3.3 <i>Bottle from the LCBO shared by Tuqueboy</i>

Nov 2000 - Unique, Kind of odd. A little bitter, but different than most. Like the other steam beers I have had it has this sort of ’off’ flavor that I can’t place. Not sure if that is intentional or if I got a bad bottle. 5/3/5/3/11 - 2.7 <i>Bottle from LCBO</i?>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2003
A tad bit fruity but at the same time malty and refreshing. Very easy to drink in the bottle or out of a glass. I kept these in stock at a college bar I managed so I could enjoy these for free.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Amber copper color with medium head. More malt than hops all around. Light to medium body. Most distinct flavor to me was slighty roasted malt, and some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Dark copper color and a huge head (which is what steam refers to). Good hoppy aroma. Crisp refreshing taste, very hoppy, but not too hoppy. Very pleasing on the palate. Slight deduction on the overall rating because it's quite expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Very excellent beer. It's a "California Common" style beer. WTF does that mean? Is the Iowa Common style of beer Dubuque Star? I think so. Nice hoppy taste. I can't drink too many of these or I get acid reflux. Kind of heavy for how light it looks. Totally great beer, though, overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Fruity with a good aroma. Hoppy finish. Great for summer or spring. Better than Liberty Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3293) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2003
Clear amber colour with an average white head. Sweet and fruity aroma with a hint of smokiness in the malt. Lean and somewhat watery body. Big malt sweetness off the top, with a hoppy finish that used to wow me with its bitterness, but not so much anymore. It's still a good, well-balanced beer, but there are many more that are better - including Anchor's own Liberty Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Good balance of malts and hops. sit very nice on the palate. Definitley a keeper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Pour is a light amber/copper, small white head quickly diminishes and leaves very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity, with some hops sneaking in the end. Flavor starts sweet, maybe slightly bready in the middle, and a good hoppy ending. I remember liking this more before than I seem to now.

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