RATINGS: 3681   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1261) - Sydney, - MAY 25, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear medium amber, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves reasonable lacing. The aroma has strong toffee and caramel malt notes, along with a little candied fruit and lemon hops. Lemon and kaffir lime leaf hops notes up front persist into the mid-palate, where they are joined by toffee and savoury, slightly charry malt notes. Lemon hops make up the finish. This is not a bad beer, but it is a little simplistic.

Beermaxwain (3) - CHILE - DEC 11, 2017 does not count
Servida en tirada vaso pinta. Apariencia : color ambarino, retencion de espuma color marfil. Aromas: caramelo, muy bajo lupulo. Sabor: amargor medio, un inicio de dulzor. Sensacion: carbinatacion media baja , un dejo moderado algo astringente ligera pero con cuerpo suficiente. Al principio poco drinkability luego mejoro el mismo

Zilverenmaan (307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2017
Lightly sweet caramel malts, decent bitterness to add some character, tasty hops. Rather plain but enjoyable and refreshing.

R4N5H (1352) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 On tap at the Delta Sky Club lounge in SFO on 1-Dec-2017. Clear golden amber in colour with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma of malt and dark fruit. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, spices and hops. Light bitterness and fruity finish.

julesxxl (87) - Cholet, FRANCE - NOV 30, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2017 (nez fruits rouges, ananas, pommeau, corps opulent-malté, carbo vive-mesurée, rétro & finale succulentes, fin-amer top)

MikeBeermaster (1082) - that shaggy maggot, POLAND - NOV 29, 2017
Not really intense wet malt aroma with hints of breadcrust and some caramelly background. Translucent amber in the glass with a beautiful thick head. Taste is semi dry with some metallic note, fresh (even harshy) herbal hoppy core and gentle bready to caramelly back. Beer is balanced with high drinkability. Good.

JuanCC (153) - Valencia, SPAIN - NOV 29, 2017
Botella en 99Cervezas.

Vierte en un tono anaranjado bastante bonito, presentando una turbidez por frío que va aclarándose conforme la cerveza se atempera. Formación abundante de espuma color vainilla anaranjado, de persistencia considerable aunque no mucha adherencia. Buena carbonatación.

De intensidad media-baja en nariz, da notas a naranjas, orejones y un punto floral. Las notas a lúpulo también están presentes, aunque son muy suaves. Notas de pan blanco y de bollos. Complejidad media.

De entre los sabores básicos destaca el amargo y el dulce, muy bien equilibrados entre sí. Es un amargo curioso, expresivo y contenido al mismo tiempo.

De cuerpo ligero, textura vivaz y carácter tremendamente refrescante. Persistencia media y final equilibrado.

Refrescante y de trago largo, tiene una enorme bebestibilidad. Eso, unido a su baja graduación, la hacen perfecta para refrescarse sin miedo en los días de calor, pero sin descuidar nunca una buena experiencia en boca (en nariz queda algo más cortita). Muy recomendable.

Mpuntmuts (341) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2017
Clear light amber pour with medium sized, slowly dissipating head. Aroma of caramel malts, hoppy fruitness, soft yeasts. Mildly sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and fresh beer. Tasty stuff!!

roldano (159) - - NOV 27, 2017
Espuma blanca y compacta que permanece, color anaranjado con muchas burbujas brotando constantemente, ligero aroma a lúpulo afrutado, sabor con notas amargas y regusto permanente y sabroso

deepdrinker (318) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2017 Pours golden colour with caramel bread aroma . Tastes sweet with medium bitterness and medium body

hopper601 (4) - - NOV 24, 2017 does not count
Heard about this "great" beer from a friend long ago so finally tried some.Drinkable but nothing special.Reminds me of an the slightly bitter English beers.

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