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RATINGS: 3379   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Just had this out of the bottle at Al’s Airport Inn next to Trenton-Mercer Airport. Already had a couple beers of different styles and this was the last one. Might have affected the taste. Very good though, have to try it out again on its own

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Poured a deep amber color with a rapidly dissolving white head. Faint and slightly floral aroma with a nice hop base. Initial taste is slightly floral and citrusy with a hoppy backbone and a smooth hop finish that leaves a slightly citrusy and sweet taste in your mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Orange/amber in color with a large white head that quickly disappeared. Faint hop aroma. Tastes smooth and crisp like a good lager but with a noticeable hop bitterness. Solid, but unremarkable.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrBeerUSA (40) - HorseShoe, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Anchor steam, yep thats what it tastes like. How about you bring up one of the Titanic anchors from Davey Jones Locker with some of the seaweed stuck to it, and lots of sea water. Once you have the anchor on the deck of your ship, scrape all the barnacles off and boil them in the sea water that you saved from the locker. Now drill a hole into the carcass that used to be an anchor. Pull out a straw and start sippen the sewage you’ve created.........YUM!!!!!&

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mostlyhomebrew (9) - USA - JUN 30, 2004 does not count
Now here’s an enoyable beer. Has a smooth palate that give a tang in the aftertaste - really refreshing. And a True Blue Amerian Brew Too! It’s lager brewed at ale temperature - An inviting gold appearance with amber foam and sublime, smooth taste. Really excellent and original.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 12 oz. bottle - Pours a nice deep copper color. Not much of an aroma. Head pours thick, then thins out toward the bottom. Nicely hopped, smooth taste, and easy to drink. Not much of an after taste. A good West Coast beer.
Re-rate I left the write up the same. Adjusted the numbers up a tad. A pretty good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
This is a really great lawnmower brew. Bright copper olor. Large head that dies. Nose is pretty weak and watery...lager yeast...however I could make out the cascades in this bad boy. Taste is very refreshing and yet not crisp. More like a wet noodle than a lemon. But not bad. A tad watery fro sure but not awful. Cascades dominate in my mouth. A bit too simple maybe. G-rat

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 27, 2004
This was a good surprise. Pours brown and the taste is amazing. The beer was served to me a little warmer than a normal beer, but I assume that was for a purpose. The taste is light hops and very sweet. This is a unique beer that I enjoyed alot.

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjcoupe (105) - Perryton, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Deep copper color, nice head, malty yeasty flavor with some hop bitterness that lingers in your throat awhile.Great lace.The warmer it is the more flavor.Same basic makup as a Sam Adams minus those wonderful spicey Flavoring Hops.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Nice copper color with a nice head. This one’s a favorite with pizza. Slightly bright taste that wakes up your palate. Very refreshing as well.


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