RATINGS: 3772   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
I digress. The draft I received was not great. I would be unfair to leave a poor rating based upon a single pour from a restaurant where the median age was 50. Not exactly craft beer central station. The bar tender informed me that there would be a delay in giving me the beer because of the tall head and she would add more to the cup after and she hated pouring this beer. She also informed me that this beer is special because it is steamed. Anyways, when I have a bottle I will officially rate it.? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thomatito (82) - SWITZERLAND - APR 22, 2017
0,3l bottle. Nose: piny, oily, resin. Taste: caramel, piny hopp bitterness, pleasant sweetness. Classic and always nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ANZUShophunter (400) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2017
From bottle in shaker. Pours deep amber with one finger frothy head. Aroma is lager-esque with notes of fruit bread. Taste starts with smooth daramel malt and finishes with a bit of orange peel bitterness. This was a gateway beer for me into the craft beer world a quarter of a century ago (along with SNPA). Nice to revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber gold colour. Medium creamy off-white head. Fairly lively carbonation. Very Malty; toasty malts, bready, caramel. Citrus fruity, orange. Mildly spicy. Moderately hoppy, floral hops. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet malty fruity throughout. Dry finish. Pleasant easy drinking beer. (2017-04)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (1762) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Cant believe I never rated this before. Nice Amber orange pour. Firm, rocky beige head leaves nice clinging lace. Sweet fruity malt nose has hints of brown sugar and baked bread. Mild earthy toasted malt flavor has sweet and spicy notes. Some hop bitterness in finish offers a nice balance. Crisp dry bitter aftertaste. Still tasty after all these years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PugUglyBrewer (511) - - APR 8, 2017
Slightly hazy to mostly clear amber color with a blanketing head of sudsy white foam. Light caramel malt and grain base cut by spicy and dry woodsy hops. Crisp, crushable, but with a bite. Very Californian, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wendigo (382) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 7, 2017
0.33l bottle. Malty aroma, hopy notes, light caramel, grassy, bready. Hazy amber color, white head. Malty taste, light hopy notes, caramel and grass, medium bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation and light caramel, bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nazbion (302) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 3, 2017
Pours clear copper with frothy off-white head. Aroma is light fruity, caramel malts. Taste is light sweet and bitter. Light body, average carbonation. Great session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisterTrick (7) - Olney, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2017 does not count
Excellent aroma, beautiful amber color, dry semi bitter palate, complex sour flavoring, malty and spicy, a different experience

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PowY (499) - AUSTRIA - MAR 25, 2017
From bottle. Pours a light amber with an off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty with caramel and bready notes and lightly hoppy. Medium creamy body, well balanced with a low to carbonation, a light to medium bitterness and a light malty sweetness. The taste is solid malty again caramel and bread with a nice but not dominant hop presence. Nearly fruity peach notes go along with some earthy herbal flavors. Dry finish with a hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (2383) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2017
Clear amber colour. Grassy taste and aroma here. Texture is crisp and clean.

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