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RATINGS: 3495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (3872) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Draught, at Rover. Dark golden, white head. A good taste of malt, ending in a fine bitterness. Very fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I enjoyed this beer but it’s too thin. It doesn’t have any overpowering flavors or qualities but is still worthy of a session. Bread, malt, citrus with a medium body. Overall highly crafted in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3902) - - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 a little too bitter for me. aroma was kind of drab and unstimulating. not much head. nothing really unique about it. not terrible but i’d much rather drink something else.5/3/5/3/11-2/16/05-----re a clear amber beer with a large creamy yellowish head. light fruity hoppy aroma with some bready malts. flavor is fruity(apple, berry) with a good blend of bitter and sweet. nice malt bready malts. light-med bodied and refreshing. this was one of the first beers i rated and haven’t tried it since. man, my taste has changed. i really enjoy this now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
12 oz bottle: Medium amber w/a lasting thin white head. Aroma is of woody oak and sherry suggesting it’s a little aged. Not surprising from the store that I bought this!!! Lightly toasted bready malt, like lightly toasted wheat bread, but no wheat malt aroma. Given that it’s not a wheat beer, that’s just what it smells like. Pretty clean otherwise. Well balanced, some grainy and doughy bread malt flavors, clean, very little hop flavor, again, given the age it might have been here. Light hints of sherry up front, clean, malty flavor in the semi dry finish w/ a clean short lived aftertaste. I was not a big fan of this beer a few years ago, but it seems not to be growing on me, minus the sherry flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2005
not a bad beer. just the right amount of maltiness. slightly too hoppy but not to bad. definately a good drinkable beer, but not anything exceptional. not a first choice on beer menu, but not the last either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Pours an orangey brown with an off-white, foamy head. Good retention and sticky lacing. This was the best part. Caramel nose with soft warming spice aroma. Flavor is caramel, faint orange and spice with a semi-bitter finish. Crisp and clean with good feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22447) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
Orange colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel. Malty flavour with notes of caramel and a well balanced hoppy finish.

   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.

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