Anchor Steam

Anchor Steam

Rated 3.575 by BeerPals

Brewed by Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA, United States

Style:  California Common / Steam

4.9% Alcohol by Volume

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San Francisco's famous Anchor Steam®, the classic of American brewing tradition since 1896, is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber color, thick creamy head, and rich flavor all testify to our traditional brewing methods. Anchor Steam is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. Anchor Steam derives its unusual name from the 19th century when "steam" seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The brewing methods of those days are a mystery and, although there are many theories, no one can say with certainty why the word "steam" came to be associated with beer. For many decades Anchor alone has used this quaint name for its unique beer. In modern times, "Steam" has become a trademark of Anchor Brewing.

ID: 54 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank2193
Overall Percentile95.9
Style Rank1 of 120
Style Percentile99.2
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.587
Weighted Score3.575
Standard Deviation0.487

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 3.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Bottle. Colour – transparent orange, white head, good lacing. Aroma – cereal malt, light spices, light herbal hops, some yeast. Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation. Flavour – quite malty and heavy on the cereal grains, weak hop finish but doesn’t balance out the malt

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Gift by Hans. Nice dark orange, off white lacing foam head. Barley and light caramel in aroma, some fruity notes. Creamy drink feeling in mouth. (Velp 201512)

  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 3.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    It pours a slightly hazy orange color with a lightly tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty, and medium crispy and citrusy, lightly grainy. Taste is lightly caramel and malty, and medium piny and citrusy hoppy. Finishes dry and grainy. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, not bad

  • MONTEE11 95 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Tasty this stuff-what? I usually shy away from alot of this CA-common beer- steam whatever, just because there seems to be a lot of people that push the hop levels to insane numbers. This is some tasty brew! This will become standard stocked item for the fridge. Noot a big hops presence, nice, nice copper yellow.Some biscuit and little malt going on. +++ for A S. Update 15 Mar 15 another few glasses of this golden nectar the report stays valid as written. Good brew!

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours out a dark gold color with a orange tint with a tan head. The aroma is of mild hops. The mouthfeel smooth with just a slight zing. The flavor is okay just not very full or complex.

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    355 ml capped bootle, as a 4,8 % ABV. Poured in the original Anchor Brewing shaker pint glass a clear and orange-copper coloured S B with a one finger beige, creamy, dense and fine foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Lively carbonation. Great lacing. The aroma is toasted and caramel malts, floral hops and may be a honey touch. The flavour is solid caramel malts, dried fruits, nuts, apricots and fruity, grainy apples. The mouthfeel is light crispy, sweety and nice bitter. The texture is a bit oily. This light to medium bodied S B has a long bitter finish. An easy drinkable and very enjoyable Steam Beer.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pour s acrisp golden amber with a 2 finger head that takes its damned time going down. Extremely carbonated this one is. Aroma is dry with hints of malts and cookie dough. Taste is quite dry with hints of malts and terra nova. Finishes off quite dry and sticky. Good session beer.

  • GPILAFAS 268 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Amber pour resembling applejuice. Very thin head but quite a bit of lace left on the glass. Fair amount of hops and grass in the taste. I'll definitely have to try this one again. Not sure why I hadn't had this before.

  • YANKEE2NYG 13 reviews
    rated 2.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    Pours darker than I expected and not much head. The aroma was floral and malty. The taste was overpowered by bitterness. Not like anything I have had but I was not a fan and will not try again.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Poured a thick foamy white head but doesn't stick around long. Good lacing and retention. Has a clearer amber colour. Aroma of malts, grains. Flavour is lightly hopped, various citric tastes and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice, tangy, some carbonation. A very pleasant brew.

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