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San Francisco's famous Anchor Steam®, the classic of American brewing tradition since 1896, is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber color, thick creamy head, and rich flavor all testify to our traditional brewing methods. Anchor Steam is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. Anchor Steam derives its unusual name from the 19th century when "steam" seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The brewing methods of those days are a mystery and, although there are many theories, no one can say with certainty why the word "steam" came to be associated with beer. For many decades Anchor alone has used this quaint name for its unique beer. In modern times, "Steam" has become a trademark of Anchor Brewing.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008
Pours a nice bronze body with a tall head. The aroma is of caramel and very light notes are a bit woodsy. The malts dominate the flavor. Its richly fruity, caramel, and slightly nutty flavor are accented by a slight citrus-zest-like hop presence in the finish. Notes of apricot and plums linger also among the finish... session beer at it’s best!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Initial aroma and taste is dominated by grapefruit. As it warms, it becomes more balanced and loses some of its citrus edge.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Anchor Steam pours a pretty copper color with a nice head and good lacing. The nose is caramel malt and Northern Brewer hops. The flavor is sweet malt with a dry finish. Wonderful session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andytothemax (16) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Beautiful amber appearance and wonderfully smooth with no aftertaste. Fruity flavors make it interesting. As others have noted, it's quite refreshing, although not quite as strong as the other Anchor offerings.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Deep amber color with white head. Aroma is of of floral and citrus. Full flavor. Good. Crisp, Clean. Looking forward to trying more Anchor brews.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
A pretty nice beer. Almost a hybrid between a good lager and an APA because of the hop profile. Drinkable and refreshing, but definitely not an exceptional beer by any means.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 A refreshingly clean lager. Dark orange with hints of red. Head is thin and white with some lacing. Aroma is subdued, floral with a hint of spice. The body is light with good carbonation. Very little bitterness and light hop flavor. Beer finishes very clean and dry. No after taste. One of the better lagers I have tried.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
A nice standard choice, readily available. Subdued hops, nice pour and color. Drink with pub fare and be happy that beers like this exist so we don't get stuck drinking Bud or MGD when out for a quick bite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Deep reddish amber color with white head. Aroma hints of floral and citrus. Full flavor. Good drink. Most publicized of the Anchors but not the best.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3108) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2004
I think of this as the beer that allowed Liberty to happen. It's the classic California style which is a subdued, middle of the road ale. A good beer but there are other styles I prefer.


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