This one-of-a-kind, 19th century American-style beer from the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, California pours a pretty golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that doesn’t leave any lace, but sticks around as a long-lasting film. Anchor Steam Beer has a sort of fishy, freshwater aroma at first. Once that wears off, there is a sweet malty aroma with a very subtle fruit backing and a dry grassiness to it. More honey-like sweetness comes through after warming.
Anchor Steam Beer tastes mostly like sweet malts, but with a well-balanced bitterness. It also develops a tart, raspberry-like fruitiness as it warms. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but creamy on the tongue and light-bodied overall. Slightly malty on the aftertaste, and the beer also has a mineral sharpness that reminds me of tonic water.
The packaging of Anchor Steam Beer looks like old paper, featuring a hand-drawn blue anchor logo, surrounded by brewers’ ingredients and a red name-bearing ribbon. A detailed description highlights the beer’s craftsmanship and history. A best before date is stamped on the back label.
Anchor Steam Beer is a perfect summer beer. It’s crisp and refreshing when it’s cold, and because of its heritage it actually tastes better as it warms. It’s a bit pricey and mild for my regular tastes, but would be a sure-fire hit at a barbecue. It goes well with grilled meats, salads and breads.
Anchor Steam Beer can be found at select LCBO locations and is distributed throughout the USA.
Type: Steam Beer (California Common)
Region: California, San Francisco
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.0%