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First Brewed: 1896, First Modern Bottling: 1971

Alc. by Volume: 4.9%, Availability: Year-round, Malt: Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel, Hops: Northern Brewer

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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
majorbase2 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Has a nose of bready, grainy lightly roasted malts and some very light citrus. Pours a deep amber with a very small head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Malt heavy taste. Sweet caramel and bread malts. Little bit of lemon rind with a squeeze of orange. Goes down easy, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but wouldn’t go out of my way to have it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Whatup14 (728) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Bouteille 355ml. Couleur orange citrouille translucide, mousse beige laissant une légère dentelle. Arôme de malt, banane, pâte à pain. Goût de malt, noisette léger, légère amertume en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne-élevée, corps faible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
klippx (54) - Solna, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
Caramel aroma, lager-esque clear amber color, yeasty caramel flavor with slightly bitter after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_alkis (294) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Tasty and good. I really like this beer becuase of its distinctive flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
My first experience with a non-national microbrew beer, before the term existed, in 1980s San Francisco. Enjoyed many times since then. Full bodied, malty, but well balanced with hops. Good character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (553) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours bright, golden amber with a lot of head. The aroma is malty and rich, and so is the flavor. This beer is dry, slightly citrus, and a little bitter, but the finish is really mellow. It really does have a character that’s a little different from other beers. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
(Flasche) Es hat eine bernsteinerne Farbe, ist klar filtriert mit einer fast weissen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist suess wie Honig, mit wuerzigem Hopfen und einer spritzig herben Kopfnote. Der Geschmack ist sehr schlank, spritzig und sehr bitter. Die Bittere bleibt lange und hat ein breites starkes und gruenes Aroma im Rachen. Der Abgang ist sehr bitter mit einer Spur von Honig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
teemoney (64) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Poured from bottle into pilsner/ lager glass. Clear gold color with thin white head . Smells stale- ish and malty/ yeasty/ lager-y. Tastes like crisp malt/ blandish yeast. Palate is crisp/ fresh/ not too carbonated. Basically, the best of the style (yeah,I know thats subjective).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mareglia (15) - - AUG 16, 2014
Amber with off-white head. Nice and smooth. Tasted barley and maybe pine. Was just okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidtjm (373) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Pour is gold with a small head, aroma is sweet candy. Taste is bitter with light fruity notes in the distance and a bitter finish with light metallic notes. Good

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