RATINGS: 3763   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JChapa (3) - - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 This is a great easy to drink craft beer. If you like craft lagers, you will like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (2290) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2017
Clear amber colour. Grassy taste and aroma here. Texture is crisp and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stupre (141) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2017
Bouteille achete chez Intercaves. Belle robe dore, saveur trs fruite. Un grand classique !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craig30 (7) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017 does not count
i love everything about this beer, from the smell and taste to the history.. defiantly worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewhemia (293) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2017
Clear light cobber with off white head. Light fruit esters in the aroma (apples and dried fruits like prunes), malty aroma of bread and crackers and faint sulphur notes. Not much hop aroma except some faint hay/grass notes. The taste is medium sweet with clear malt notes of bread, crackers and caramel. A little european hop flavor (light hay/grass notes). Light to medium bitterness in the finish. A little sulphur. I appreciate the balance between the fruity notes and the light hop flavor and the sulphur. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
19Oracolo78 (157) - ITALY - MAR 5, 2017
Birra dal colore ambrato leggermente opalescente. Schiuma fine e persistente, di color bianco sporco. Allolfatto sentori di malto tostato e caramello. Al palato corpo leggero con note di malto e anacardi. Nel finale rimane amara e secca. Una birra interessante.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mindwarp (257) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Pours a clear gold with a thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts. Taste is slightly bitter with a little citrus and hops mixed in. There is an after taste Im not liking though. Overall just ok to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luneylane (119) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - FEB 24, 2017
A bottle from Privado in Guting, drunk at home. Aroma: nice, fresh hops. Appearance: clear amber, pours a generous head settling to 1mm. of lacing. Palate: medium-bodied and slick, average carbonation. Bitter, hoppy at the finish. Taste: medium bitter, a pleasing vanilla note detected at the finish. Solid beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bufordbrewer (41) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattChiasson (71) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
Out of the bottle, poured a deep amber, filtered clear with a persistent white head. Notes of honey, caramel, bread, hay, raisin and stone fruit. On the palate, quite balanced and quaffable. A lager with lots of good malt character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (434) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2017
on tap pours amber with white head aroma is grass and barley taste is grass and floral smooth finish

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