RATINGS: 3661   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sergelutaba (67) - Alberta, - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Pretty darkish cobber amber with a medium creamy off white head. Lots of bubbles in the liquid. Aroma is malty, some barn and rye bread. Wonderful spritzy carbonation with lots of small bubbles. Flavor is sweet, caramel malty with a slight peppery bitterness. Nice and fresh - wonderful summer beer!

junkyarddawg (12) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Amber color. Frothy white head. Toasty malt flavor. Bitter kick in the middle and end. Gets more bitter as it warms so drink it fast.

wheldfond18 (12) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2017
Really well balanced beer between earthy hops and a lighter fruit finish. It strikes a great balance between rich and light.

azzurro (380) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2017
I noticed the popularity of Anchor on this site. Picked one at the LCBO during the summer to eventually try it. well balanced and tasteful for a low alcohol %. I like the small size of the bottle.

MartinNaxera (87) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 7, 2017
Malty, caramel aroma, floral hops. Amber colour, hazy liquid, minimal head. Bittersweet taste. Light body, thin texture, lively carbonation. Nice

tgrtnr (282) - Augsburg, Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2017
355 ml bottle. Pours dark golden to amber coloured, big long-lasting fluffy head. Floral notes, malts, citrus, metal, grass. Medium bitterness. Light bodied, soft carbonated. Long-lasting metallic bitter aftertaste. Crisp and fresh. Very nice Lager. Reminds me on a crossover of a Amber Lager and a hoppy Pilsener.

WingmanWillis (413) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle at Curator. T3 at Heathrow. Pours Amber with a decent off white head. Aroma is grain and a solid malty backbone. Taste is a big grain hit, a little softness that balances out with caramel and malt sweetness. Carbonation nice. Not bad

higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Good. Interesting. Not bad but not my favorite, plenty of other beers I like better ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

geolgau (417) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - SEP 22, 2017
Aroma is nice and soft, full of toasted brown bread, caramel, malts, faint citrus peel. Taste follows the nose, being simple and to the point. Grassy hops, malts, caramel, biscuits. Bitter and grassy, feels refreshing and well made.

mandrilo00 (152) - CROATIA - SEP 18, 2017

radassace (412) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours slight hazy copper with an off white head. One of two bubbles, good head retention. Nose is freshly baked brown, rye bread, citrus orange and lemon rind and nice earthy element to the beer too. Taste is really full on this one. Absolutely delicious stuff. The bready malts are really fresh, there is a slight nutty element and a citrus peel in the dry bitter finish.

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