Anchor Steam Beer

Bottle (20110724)

We decided to go to California Fish Grill for food after going to watch Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

I wrote: "Anchor Steam 12 fl oz. Regular beer smell. Tastes kind of creamy. Slight bitter aftertaste. That must mean its quite bitter. Bubbly." 7:02 pm
I follow: "Yeah creamy. Almost like Murphy's Irish Stout." 7:11 pm

I recall liking it.

Bottle and Cap (20110724)


The beer had a slight bitter taste, but overall I enjoyed it.

There was a balanced amount of carbonation.

As a whole, it was somewhere between a classy flavorful beer and a lager (e.g., Budweiser). 6:51PM PT


[20170723 Edit]

I went to Beer 39 with Josh. There I got a pint of TW Pitchers' Radler and he got a pint of the Anchor Steam.*

I had a taste and only noted that "[it] had a creamy taste." 2:24 PM PT

Draft (20180527)

*The menu says it's the "Anchor Steam Amber," but gives the official description for Anchor Steam Beer: "owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other." This description normally starts "Anchor Steam Beer..." but on the menu at Beer 39, it starts "Anchor Brewing Beer, first brewed in 1896, ...". It should also be noted that the beer is listed with 6.1% ABV and 35 IBU.

Anchor Steam Beer

Relevant Links:
Anchor Steam Beer (Anchor Brewing Website)
Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company (
Anchor Steam Beer (

Website Information: (as of 20170723)

Bottle and Cap (20110724)

Deep amber color. Distinctive flavor. Rich history.

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.

Brew Facts
First Brew: 1896
First Modern Bottling: 1971
Alc. By Volume: 4.9%
Availability: Year-Round
Malt: Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel
Hops: Northern Brewer

Website Information: (as of 20110817, essentially a subset of the above)
First Brew: 1896
Modern Bottling: 1971
Malt: 2-Row Barley
Alc. By Volume: 4.9%
Availability: Year-Round

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