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Anchor Steam

California Common / Steam Beer /4.9% ABV / California, United States




Product Details

Category
California Common / Steam Beer
Region
California, United States
Type
Craft
ABV
4.9%
IBU
33
Tasting Notes
Balanced, Crisp, Earthy, Rich
Food Pairing
Beef, Cheese - Fresh & Soft, Turkey
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product Description

America's Original Craft Beer

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Community Reviews

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  • Joseph
    Verified Buyer
    Jul 13 2021
    Verified Buyer

    I really like this beer. I wish the bottles were 16 oz. If they bottle it in quarts, let me know. I really love it!

  • Rodolfo
    Verified Buyer
    Jul 7 2021
    Verified Buyer

    I NEVER RECEIVED ANYTHING, NOTHING WAS DELIVERED!!!

  • Tabitha R.
    Verified Buyer
    Jan 20 2021
    Verified Buyer

    Solid beer, not too heavy, not too light.

  • Robert H.
    Verified Buyer
    Dec 6 2020
    Verified Buyer

    Never arrived

  • Michael E.
    Verified Buyer
    Dec 5 2020
    Verified Buyer

    Received the wrong beer

  • Dina S.May 28 2020

    The original steam beer great session of all summer time brew

  • Mark
    Verified Buyer
    Apr 12 2020
    Verified Buyer

    Cool brew from the San Francisco Bay.:sunglasses:

  • Jeff
    Verified Buyer
    Nov 22 2019
    Verified Buyer

    The only good thing from SF

  • Brad ThibeauOct 11 2018

    Pretty tasty beer. Light and crisp, toasted malts with some bitter and sweet to it. A hoppier Boston Lager

  • Shadow
    Verified Buyer
    Jun 15 2018
    Verified Buyer

    Great tasting beer, that has good flavor and character. It's unique, but really good! #RaiseYourAnchor

FAQs

A California common, also known as "steam beer," is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale fermentation temperatures (warmer than the cool temps usually used for lagers).
When you taste a California common beer, you'll likely detect a whole lot of of toasted and/or caramel malt character in flavor and often in aroma. Often referred to as “steam beer," this style was made famous in the US by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company.
According to Anchor Brewing, the name "steam" came from the fact that they had no way to effectively chill the boiling wort using traditional means, so they pumped the hot wort up to large, shallow, open-top bins on the roof of the brewery. During this rapid chilling by the cool Pacific Ocean winds, the brewery had a distinct cloud of steam around the roof.

Drizly's take

Celebrating California's craft brewing legacy, the Anchor Steam Beer comes from San Francisco. It features California barley, cluster hops and in-house lager yeast. The Anchor Steam beer has a deep amber color with a thick creamy head. This iconic beverage undergoes a special brewing method that gives it a unique character and distinct taste. Brewers blend pale and caramel malts and then ferment these with lager yeast at a warm temperature in shallow open-air fermenters. Gentle carbonation and a special process known as kräusening are the final steps in producing this smooth beer.

This California steam beer has a lovely depth of flavor with considerable hop aromas. It has a delightful taste of caramel with a hint of sweetness that balances the earthy notes for a well-balanced flavor profile. Click these links to search for Drizly in your city, or look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.