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RATINGS: 3497   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2005
A real drinkable beer! Nice malty aroma and flavor. I got it as part of a sample pack of micro brews; now I’m looking for it in a case!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2005
Amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel, smells a bit like a dark lager. Malty flavor with some sweetness, slightly bitter finish. Palate is rather thin

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Pours dark copper with smallish amount of clean white head. Minty, earthy hop aromas with a bit of malt sweetness. Hint of pine and dill weed. Tastes of nice grainy malts. Like good warm chewy bread. Hop presense is a little sweet and lingering. Just a hint of yeast in the finish. A unique and well crafted beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a golden-copper color with an off-white head.I never saw any lace.The smell started out with a light malt,biscuit aroma and some light hops in the background.The taste seems malt dominant with some slight hop bitterness in the finish.It has a light body with alot of carbonation.This is a very decent beer that I will purchase again.This would be a good session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Attractive copper coloring. Not much aroma - but what was there is nice with malty notes and a hint of tea. Good flavor with a crisp hoppy bite. Definitely the top of its style. I can’t beleive it took me this long to get around to rating it.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Poured a nice copper amber with a good head and great lacing. Nice crisp light aroma. light malt and hopps flavor with just a bit of a bitter bite at the finish. This is a very good easy drinking beer, very very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 4, 2005
Thin, pale looking golden-orange color. Head is egg-shell, wonderfully thick, and doesn’t quit. Smell is rather light, vegetable hops and pale malts. Taste is watery with a nice, crisp, lemony/vegetable hop flavor that nicely complements the complex malt foundation. Lots of doughy-bread flavors, and yeast. Aftertaste is all yeast, malt and dry hops. Nice drinking beer definitive of California breweries.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Nice solid creamy head. Beautiful deep color, yet still transluscent through a pint glass. Excellent clean alcohol finish, thanks to those bottom fermenting lager yeasts. Nice UK hop flavors with a US west-coast hopping strategy: A wonderful dry-hopped flavor from Northern Brewer hops, a nice change from the usual west-coast Cascade dry-hopping strategy. Good in the bottle, even better on tap. A truely unique American craft brew. Call a few months ahead to the brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco and schedule a tour. You won’t be dissapointed.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Imagine if BMC actually succeded in making a good beer. This is that beer. Lightly hopped, clean malts. Funny, I hadn’t even noticed that several other raters used the word clean until I used myself...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Legendary beer with a taste to match. The understated commercial description does not do justice to this. Yet, the description is extremely accurate. This beer is clean tasting with a floral hop. As the great architect Meis Van Der Rohe once said "less is more." Try this one with sour dough and beef stew.


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