RATINGS: 3654   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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AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2003
It's a lighter beer with some crispy hop undertones, looks pretty tastey, a clear amber with a white, lacey head. Download the song "scavenger type" by NOFX, it's about a homeless man who desperately seeks money in order to buy an "anchor steam pint".

Chiefoneeye (7) - Lambertville, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2003 does not count
The Original micro-brew is a fine quality beer, a bit bitter but a must try for a truly serious beer drinker

ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
On tap. Golden yellow color with a dencent white head. A little malt with a nice bitterness. It's rating is raised a bit because it only cost me $2 per pint.

bierkoning (13491) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2003
Huge creamy head. Cloudy nut brown color. Nutty grapes aroma. Hopbitter, earthy flavor with some blackcurrant and grapes and walnut. Somewhat oaky bitter finish. Tasty beer!

jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2003
Golden color with a white head. The taste is malty with a nice bitterness to it. Fresh and pleasent.

beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2003
This is a decent California Common. Light, malty, and slightly bitter flavor. Finishes crisp, clean, and dry.

heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 The first real beer I ever had. Made me realize that there was a whole world out there after macros. So I am somewhat nostalgic and am biased. I still enojoy it with a meal. Thick head and great amber color. Has some hops and a nice slight orange peel flavor. The finish is dry. Aroma of a little alcohol and oranges.

brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Pleasant is the best I can say to describe it. Nothing wrong here. I would take this over the Macro's but not enough to make it noticable over others

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(Draught) Pours an amder-golden color with a white frothy head. High quality brew.

pkbites (964) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Rich, creamy head. Thick golden color. Slightly lighter flavor than expected. Nice bitterness but not too heavy. See? Truely good beer CAN be made in America.

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