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RATINGS: 3571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Draught at Alumen Bar, Copenhagen. Very nice, malty aroma. Fresh light-red, golden appearance. Great malty flavor with just twist of hops, incredible for a 4,8%. Not a bad finish either. Mouthfeel very nice. Functions both as a thirst-quencher and as a special experience. Overall very recommendable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Okra23 (28) - Flowood, Mississippi, USA - APR 25, 2005
I was expecting alot out of this beer and it was a good beer, but it let me down with the somewhat bitter taste. Would still drink again though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flyindog (14) - USA - APR 22, 2005
Tastes and pours more like a stout than I expected. Very coffee-like. Unusual, but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 This is a very good beer that is widely available throughout the country. Often such success means less flavor and lower quality but not here. All of Anchor’s brews are top notch. Their Steam Beer has tasty, well-balanced malt flavors with a nice hops backbone--tastes like a richer pale ale. Really nice deep sunset gold and mahogany color. For something different try on tap mixed with Guiness for what we call a Black and San Fran.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2005
Amber with almost no white head and almost no lacing. Smells of dough, caramel, bread, and floral nice smell. Taste is alright, light bitter light sour and sweet too, weird. Not to nice a palate though, easy to drink though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Nacreous orange amber pour, topped with a decent off-white head. Licorice and pear aromas, with a savory buttery background, some wooden notes. Flavor is effervescent, with tones of mellowed apples and fresh asparagus. Hops finish the drink, nicely, with a tangy bitter coating on the tongue. Nice, but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyhawk1 (7) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2005 does not count
Deep copper color with creamy light tan head. Mildly sweet flowery aroma.. Light to medium bodied taste with nice clean balance between sweet and dry initially settling on a dry finish with a mild bitter aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2005
Transparent orange/light yellow, tan head. Flowery Hops and breads in the nose. Nice hop flavor, lasting dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2005
A uniquely solid beer from Anchor. Big creamy head adds a nice touch. Some roasty malt flavors are present. Quite drinkable. Biggest downfall is a dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2006 It has been years since I have had this beer. I had it a number of times before but did not remember it well. I decided to try one again for rating purposes. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bronze color with a medium sized yellow-tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice flowery hop note. The beer is surprisingly dry with a light body and a dry flowery hop finish. Overall there was more character than I remembered but this is not one of my preferred styles.

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