Anchor Brewing Co. “Anchor Steam Beer” Review (#065)

Anchor Brewing Co.
“Anchor Steam Beer”
San Francisco, California

From The Brewery:

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.

First Brew: 1896
Modern Bottling: 1971
Malts: 2-Row Barley
ABV: 4.9%
Availability: Year Round


Appearance: I enjoyed this orange copper colored lager in a pint glass. It was capped off by a white, chunky, thick, head; which coated the glass all the way down with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Not too strong smelling; earthy and a little spice with some malt sweetness and lager yeast.

Taste: A drying sharp beer; a balance of malts and hops with a solid amount of California Common yeast. Its very interesting and different; bitter and earthy with a touch of salt and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing; nice amount of carbonation that is just noticeable above the sharp finish.

Drinkability/Palitability: High; a flavorful and easy drinking beer.

Notes: This is the beer style. A unique balance of malts, hops and that yeast strain that makes this beer amazing – an possibly the first craft beer in the country.


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