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RATINGS: 3597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
reapermedic (26) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
Very nice. excellent aroma, hoppy, sweet, rich fully bodied flavor, can’t just have one, I reccomend

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
pours a copperish orangish color lightly brown w/ a small decent laced head. Aroma is a clean citrus hop lightly floral hints of oranges. Palate was pretty basic ok body ok coating. Flavor was clean and crisp nice even citrus hop light carmel malts a bit acidic. a decent little beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
herzart (4) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2005 does not count
Great refreshing taste with a unique finish. It is one of the best balanced beers I can think of. The hoppy flavors never stray too far in either direction between a smooth crispt taste versus a bitter ale taste but yet never flat in delivery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
I’ll think about drinking this at a Padres game when my only other options are Miller Lite and MGD, but then I’ll remember its not worth the extra dollar. Only pretentious San Franciscans should drink this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Butterscotch and a slightly doughy nose w. a hint of lemon. Ruby gold body - quite pretty. Somewhat sulfury butterscotch, maple, rich malt. Sulfur in the finish. Not too shabby but I can’t get past the sulfur notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Couleur ambrée tirant vers l’orangée. Moyen dégagement gazeux créant une grosse mousse blanche concassée, plutôt persistante et n’adhérant pas à la paroi du verre. Arômes de céréales fraîches, de grains et de muffin agrémenté d’une touche fruitée et de verdure rappelant le céleri. Beau malt crystal en bouche, céréales et grains, très faible caramel ainsi qu’une belle présence de noix, d’épices et d’anis. Excellente présence en bouche, corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation semi faible mais toujours présente. Finale partiellement amérisante. Bouteille, LCBO, Automne 2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2005
[bottle from peckhams] pours a brown amber colour. Nose is primarily grassy hops but with an assertive undertow of caramel malts. body is lively with a bitter but mellow finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: A good slightly bitter beer. It is dar in appearance and has a thin texture. A nice head on it with lots of carbonation. Flavors of slightly burnt malts. All around - this is a great porter that is lighter and more refreshing that others in its class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
My fav for now, took a little getting used to at first but now I love it, it tastes a lot better when poured in a glass than direct from the bottle where it seems a bit more bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mostexcellent (5) - USA - JUN 20, 2005 does not count
Still love that perfect bittersweet balance, but is it getting a bit sweeter? Nice citrus grove aroma and thick heavenly head; clean taste, but with a nicely textured bite on the back of the tongue. Soft, smooth, and comfy; no longer an exciting beer, but highly dependable and very good indeed.

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