Anchor Steam Beer - BOTTLEAnchor Steam Beer

Brewery info:
Anchor Brewing Co.

California, U.S.A


Alcohol: 4.9%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘Anchor Steam brand beer is virtually hand made with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber color, the thick creamy head, and the rich flavor all testify to our traditional brewing methods.
Anchor Steam brand beer 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 word ‘steam’ may have referred to the pressure of natural carbonation developing in the beers. Today the brewing methods of those days are a mystery, and for many decades Anchor alone has used the quaint name ‘steam’ for its unique beer.
Today Anchor is one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world. San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam brand beer is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world’. 

What the label really means: Looking at this beer you’d be forgiven for not believing all this text fits on the bottle. Look carefully at the neck label and there it all is. Great detail, great history.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label is a mottled water-colour-esque style, predominantly a yellow-orange colour with a bold blue anchor and red banner with bold white lettering (reading ‘Anchor Steam Beer’). The anchor has a piece of rope hanging about its shaft and is flanked by barley and hops on either side. At the bottom of the label the clear black lettering ‘Made in San Francisco since 1896’ is bold and heavy. I like the label because it has a sense of tradition about it, a sense of strength, and a sense of uniqueness that is emphasised with having a matte finish.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.Anchor Steam Beer - GLASS

AROMA:  A dark, malty aroma. Very hoppy, very intriguing.

Taste: GLASS – Anchor Steam Beer is a strong malty brew that is smooth, refined, and exquisitely crafted. It is hearty and strong, flavoursome and full bodied. This brew truly exemplifies the pinnacle of brewing beauty.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 9 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Still good, but drinking this from the bottle does make the beer lose a little of its edge and it becomes a little one dimensional. The bitterness increases while the refined finish decreases. Stick to the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Turkey with cranberry sauce. The beer lends itself to rich flavours. 

Best season to appreciate: More of a cold weather brew due to the dark malty flavours. One to savour.

All-nighter beer? It’s very easy to drink and a beer I could easily see myself drinking all night.

Other: This beer was my introduction to craft brewing, sampled during my first tour of the US back in 1999. I encountered a whole new world back then. A world that opened my eyes to the beauty of beer and craft brewing. It was as delicious way back then as it is today and I heartily endorse this beer as an all time classic.


  1. […] the label really means: I repeat what I said previously RE Anchor Steam’s label: Looking at this beer you’d be forgiven for not believing all this text fits on the […]


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