RATINGS: 3746   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BaroneBirra (461) - Gorizia, - JAN 10, 2013
0,355 bottle from Za Popen’t shop in Ljubljana. Dark gold with orange reflections, big compact off white head but not long lasting. good lacing. intense sweet aroma of flowers and fruits. sweet milky taste, very malty and fruity. refreshig bitter from hops in the aftertaste. smooth texture, medium body, sticky mouthfeel. really nice brew, where you can feel both malts and hops, sweet, umami and bitter at the same time! refreshing but complex!

IPAWhisperer104 (2) - reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 20, 2017 does not count
Best tasting beer for the money anywhere! Been drinking this regularly for 47 years. Can’t beat it. Tops all those over priced fopish, artsy-fartsy so called "craft" beers out there positively ruining the beer market!!

kustie (1182) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle. Golden color with medium off-white head. Aroma has malt, caramel, toffee. Taste is malty with long somewhat bitter aftertaste. Flavors of grassy hops, caramel, malt, toffee.

balloonbuffoon (314) - - JUL 7, 2017
12floz bottle, $1.50 unit price, BOD: 05.09.2017 ("7YI"). Poured this beer into a nonic glass where it appears copper with a tan head, and bubbling going on. Plain wet hay and caramel aroma doesn’t stand out much. It doesn’t have to as this is a classic, traditional American amber lager. Multigrain bread flavor has just enough hop presence to to lend a dry grass taste. Well-crafted, good flavor for a sessionable beer. This is always a good option to pair with burgers and fries.

brewnette44 (1) - - JUL 2, 2017 does not count
Rich amber colour, brilliant clarity, thick creamy white head. Soft bready malt/honey aroma with floral spicy notes. Medium high carbonation. Soft caramel malt, earthy hop bitterness, dry bitter slightly astringent lingering finish

sebsky (80) - ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2017
Nice hoppy-ish aroma. Amber colour,clear. Medium bitter,above average carbonation,long finish. OK beer.

beskid (125) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 30, 2017
Boring but kept on good level. Lots of malt, floral-grassy hops, high carbonation.

gepajerry (9) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 26, 2017 does not count
A good basic beer. I especially like the pallet, ad the head is beautiful. Taste is okay, and the low ABV could almost qualify it as a session beer. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bacchus66 (339) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2017
12oz bottle. Clear amber with an inch of off white foam. Nose of malt and caramel balanced with light hops. Flavors are toffee, toast, floral hops and bread. Zesty mouthfeel with persistent carbonation. Fresh, clean finish but with a light lingering malt sweetness. Long time favorite.

oczek2015 (428) - Przemysl, POLAND - JUN 16, 2017
Butelka 355ml BARWA: głęboki złoty odcień, idealnie klarowne. PIANA: biała, obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, szybko się dziurawi i opadaja do cienkiego krążka. AROMAT: zbożowo-ciasteczkowy z nutą karmelową, delikatnie drewniany aromat SMAK: słodowość, przełamania dość wyraźną ziołową goryczk, ściąga boki jezyka, dość długo się utrzymuje, wytrawny finisz. Średnio pełne z wysyceniem średnio wysokim. Jeżeli chodzi o styl to trochę nuda, w dobie ciekawych aromatycznych chmieli niczym nie zaskakuje, nie moja bajka.

kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2017
I’ve crossed paths with Anchor Steam many many times in my beer drinking career yet never imbibed it. In my experience it is often considered a good beer by people of dubious tastes, so I was never inspired to drink it. When a few bottles ended up in my fridge, I thought I should finally give it a fair chance. It pours a clear copper hue with a lovely, frothy head. So far so good. The smell is refreshing, mineral, yet somewhat cheap. Ocean breeze, fresh oysters — am I being influenced by the label, the San Francisco name? It does take me back to walking down the Embarcadero on a sunny day, breathing in the fresh Pacific air. Mild malts and hops appear on the nose, but feel watered down. Citrusy, slightly grassy notes, not offensive. On the palate it’s again quite mineral, a very watery flavor. Cheap malts are the main attraction, with a lightly roasted coffee flavor, and a twist of piney hops. Unlike its hometown, there’s not a whole lot to see. The finish is mildly bitter with subtle chocolatey flavors and cranberry. Leaves a slightly funky flavor in the mouth, which, on the bright side, makes you want to wash it down with some of that early minerality. Overall, this is a bland brew. Simple but not in a good way. If I’m at a regular bar in the US, I’ll take a Blue Moon over this any day. I was hoping to be surprised, but unfortunately, Anchor Steam lived up to my very low expectations.

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