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RATINGS: 3359   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Great over-all depth in the color. Taste was pleasent and full bodied. a very good brew that meets all the requiements. Great alternative to the mass produced mess.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Huge Head out of the bottle dirty eggshell. Like organic eggs you find at the grocer. Deep amber color. Little hoppy, definitely taste and smell the floral mix. Again another west coast brewery thats getting my attention.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 This beer is pretty good if you just want something to sip on that won’t offend your palate, but doesn’t taste like thin watery macrobrew. Has a nice pleasant flavor, fairly light, sweet and a bit fruity with a clean finish. Refreshing is the best word to describe this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bottle into ale glass. Poured clear orange amber into the glass, fizzy off white head that didn’t last long. Smelled slightly malty, slightly hoppy, well balanced. The flavor was subtle, almost fruity, kind of smoky, with light bitterness on the end. It was watery. Not bad, not great.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2004
copper/amber color, off-white/tannish thick head with good lacing. hoppy nose, some malt nose. good carbonation and mouthfeel, mild hoppy flavor. went well with cioppino at fishermans wharf while playing tourist for a day.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hangover (1059) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark amber pour with a frothy white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Grassy taste with crystal malt and some piney hops. Nothing to write home about.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Anchor was probably the first craft beer I got into, so maybe my appreciation is a bit nostalgic. Very drinkable, copper color, smallish head. Nice nose of some sweet malts and minor hops. Hits the pallette smooth and can go several rounds.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
A good, easy to drink beer. Nothing distinctive. Can be drunk in quantity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Nice copper color. Little head. Smells sweet. Sweet upfront, light hoppy taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Copper/amber color, small off-white head. Hoppy, sweet aroma. A nice, changing hop flavor with light malts to balance. Pretty refreshing.


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