RATINGS: 3638   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LED40 (118) - Aberdeen, - NOV 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden brown with a thick off white head. Not too much on the smell - possibly slightly eggy if anything. The taste is excellent, combining dryness, bitterness, caramel, spice and malt. The drinkability of this beer is what makes it so good. You can actually drink a few of these in the same way you might do with a lager but there is so much more taste and less carbonation. Overall, I recommend trying this beer if you’ve not done so yet.

Tjomleif (236) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2017
Clear amber with nice cream colored head. Clean taste that you get from a lager. Straw grassy taste with malty aftertaste. Not what I expected, but very drinkable nevertheless.

angel77 (3483) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 15, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2017 Botella 33 cl en el Lúpulo Oviedo diciembre 2012. Fdcpref 06..2013. (r3795). Suaves sabores maltosos. Cuerpo ligero fácil de beber algo espumoso. Refrescante. Buena

lgrunner (1) - - AUG 13, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2017 I drank this many years ago, thought I’d give it a try now that I’m into micros. Happy to say it still tastes great. a little ’go to’ beer.

rob19a (378) - - AUG 11, 2017
10/20 initial taste like a lager but it’s got a bit of zest to it and a pleasant long aftertaste

dunklermessias (254) - GERMANY - AUG 6, 2017
355 ml bottle. Pours with a clear, dark amber color with a very nice off-white head. Aromas of orange-peel, syrup, dark honey, hay. Taste is herbal with bitter flavors, although some grapes. Nice mouthfeeling. Nice dry finish.

Schnabelhund (92) - TAIWAN - AUG 3, 2017
Anchor Steam Beer pours a copper color with minimal haze and its short-lived head is white. The nose unfolds notes of wood, orange peels, and breadiness. The attack is as bready as expected from the nose and is first followed by a relatively grippy yet silky mid-palate of wood as well as pine needles and finally by a bitter finish with just a hint of mint leaves. Rustic and enjoyable.

AnG_BrgNor (759) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark golden with white head. Aroma and taste is malty, caramel grassy, bead and citrus. A midium bitter ending. A decent beer.

DonGregorio (440) - POLAND - AUG 2, 2017
Bottle. Clear amber colour, large, creamy, tan head. Aroma of malt, hay, biscuit, caramel. Taste is light to medium sweet and bitter, malt, biscuit, caramel, floral, mild earthy. Medium- body, average to lively carbonation. Decent.

harry_p_ness (18) - - JUL 27, 2017
Almost seems like a blueprint to the perfect beer. Lager/ale hybrid. The beer pours a red copper color with a big creamy head. Smells earthy,caramel, herbs, spruce. Medium malt sweetness with a nice balance form the pine and spruce like hops. A hint of fruit from the yeast and a nice carbonation, light- medium body with a refreshing crisp dry/creamy finish. Very easy drinking plus good with food. Can never go wrong with this one.

loscovar (393) - Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 26, 2017
Bottle from saveur bière.com. Little ambar, pretty sweet, average beer, ok.

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