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RATINGS: 3714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2005
on draught. Anchor Steam pours a light amber with a fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet of pears with some grains. The flavor is of bland hops, a little like paper, with a more pleasant sweetness and wood in the finish. Refreshing at least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Draught. Slightly dusty aroma. Almost clear dark copper colour. OK flavour, but a little thin. Slightly rough bitterness, hint of aroma hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2005
Bright amber-brown color, with a frothy beige head, with a malty, earthy hops aroma follows through on a medium-bodied and roundness palate, with a smooth fruity malty character, flower hops note, leading towards a nice hop dryness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Available as 500 mL brown bottle from Whole foods, Deerfield, IL. Clear orange amber hued beer with small white diminishing head with fair lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and hop flowers. Medium bodied that starts with a sharp hop bite and slightly sweet malt flavor and finishes dry with slight hop bitterness and nutty flavor. A very good drinkable beer. I had to have this beer after reading about Fritz Maytag and the history of Anchor brewing company in Ken Well’s Travels with Barley (excellent book - it should be required reading for all beer lovers).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatKool (64) - CANADA - NOV 17, 2005
Surprisingly dark and bubbly with a short white head . Smoky, malty highlights to it. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2005
Copper colured, short white head. Good carbonation. malty aroma. Mild hoppy aroma. Nutty? Malty sweet flavour with notes of roasted malts. Floral. Good bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4130) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Midium amber colour with a frothy, long-lasting white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma with some hoppiness. Sourness and dryness in the aftertaste. A very pleasent and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2005
the smooth and rich texture are great. The mild flavor is nice too and dry lingering after taste is plaesent as weel . Anchor is a winner

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2005
Pours a nice golden color with a very nice head. Seemed like there was plenty of carbonation, but when I drank it, I couldn’t feel anything. Tasted almost exactly like flat sparkling cider. Had it been carbonated a little bit at least, it probably would have been a pretty good beer. Could be due to the long shipping distance though, as I live in NJ. The flavors were pleasant, although it smelled like a shitty macrobrew, it didn’t taste remotely like one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
A decent beer. Very drinkable, light to medium bodied, goes down smooth. Finishes crisp and clean

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