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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Clear amber. Aroma is caramel, bread, toast, light hops. Medium to light body, toasty caramel flavor that is very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Clear amber beer with no head. Faint malt aroma. Malty flavor with a lot of hops. Grapefruit. More hops than I like especially at first, but it gets better farther into the beer. Full body and smooth mouthfeel with just a tiny tingle and tartness from the minimum carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. I didn’t like this at first, but it grew on me somewhat towards the end. Good quality but not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2005
My first California Common, and it was a good experience. Creamy head. Fizzy, lively beer. Bright gold in color. Smelled sweet and spicy. Full-tasting, smooth, hoppy and spicy. Pepper, allspice, honey, orange rind and musk. This is my new idea of what the all-American beer should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours a beautiful deep amber color, nice head that dissapates a bit too quickly. Aroma is hoppy and that hard-to-describe esteriness that comes from warm fermentation with a lager yeast. Not fruity like a real ale, but very distinctive. Flavor is classic California common: crisp, fairly clean, medium bodied. Nice bitter aftertaste, very refreshing beer. One of my all-time favorites and an American classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Poured a copper color with a small to medium white head. Malty aroma of caramel and somewhat toasty. Malty flavor with hint of lemon and hoppy finish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Draft. Hops and malts in harmony in this full-bodied beer. Brown and nutty, the hops are stronger in the aroma than on the tongue. Bitter throughout, but not unpleasant. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 poured amber color with little to no head. Nice floral aroma with a hint of maltiness. Very dry beer with a bitter taste. Never had a steam beer but this is not a bad beer.. Would buy again.. a refreshing dry beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Interesting beer. Light, but not entirely. Heavy, but not overwhelming. Since this is the only "steam" beer I’ve had, I guess I would have to say it’s the best. A nice, crisp offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
bottled; Hazy copper color with white head, collapsing into a thin layner. Nose is full of honey?? Dry in taste but with distinct caramel flavour.Light bitterness. Good and refreshing by a bit too dry for me

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Diode (7) - USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
Anchor Steam takes a bit to get used to. When switching from typical pale ale canned water to something with as much of a bite as this brew, it can be a shock to the senses. The first one might leave you a bit standoffish, but the following 2, 3, 4.. etc.. can get you hooked. Not something I’d have more than two or three times a month and certainly not a special occasion brew.. but it’s got its own place on the originality shelf.

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