I can hardly believe that I haven’t yet reviewed one of the icons of craft beer. Anchor Steam is the principle beer for the Anchor Brewing company; the first craft brewery in the United States, and one that has had an impact on the rebirth and revitalization of micro-brewing in this country that can’t be underestimated. Steam Beer (or California Common Beer) was named after the brewing method used at the time in San Francisco but is now a trademark owned by Anchor Brewing, who continue to use the traditional methods. It pours a beautiful coppery amber, and the hops are evident immediate. It has a clean pine scent, and citrus flavors, predominantly lemon and grapefruit. There’s a slightly bitter lemony, buttery finish at the end that fades away without much drama. This is a refreshing and fairly simple beer, as a classic like this should be. I’d say it’s more likely to appeal to hop lovers who like a bit of bitterness. I really love this beer as example of what a old-fashioned, time-tested and proven brew should be, and it’s one I keep coming back to over and over again.
I give it a 4.8 out of 5.