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RATINGS: 3679   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Pours amber with a tight two-finger head. A lot of effervescence in the middle of the glass. Smells like a malty lager. The crispness of a well-made lager is in the flavor, but I’m getting no ale fruitiness. Tastes like a decent Vienna Lager—at least it does for a second, then the taste is gone. Thin and kind of bland, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Nice amber beer, great head that fades slowly (much slower than most). Flavor was a bit weird, and I definitely do not enjoy the bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Moderate hoppy aroma with some maltyness present. Average to large size frothy off-white head with fair lacing. Medium amber colour. The flavour is well balanced: starts off slightly sweet and bitter then the finish becomes more bitter for an average to long duration. Medium bodied with a dry texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle. Poured light golden orange with little head. Fruitiness of banana and even some pineapple, without the citrus bite. Maltiness but not in a bready way. Hops were more present than most lagers, but a little disappointing - probably because of the enormous hoppiness of their Liberty Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Aug. 23. 2005. 22 oz. "bomber." Found this brew more "exciting" than expected. Unusual and decidedly sweet aroma and taste -- I agree with a previous reviewer who detected "banana" in it, although I’d perhaps call it "candied banana." Whatever "fruity-sweetness" lives in this brew is nicely balanced, however, by some serious hop bitterness that introduces itself quite early and stays very late. I remember trying this a year or so ago and not liking it much. Glad I waited to rate this, as I’ve changed my mind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Very good, but I enjoy Sierra Nevada more. Bitter in a good way. Sharp taste without unpleasant aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Red-orange, Nice head but fades quick, no lace. Aromas include yeast, straw, cardboard, hops. Taste is not heavy but quite bitter. Little malt but pleanty of herbal hops, tart fruit, earth, straw and yeast. Mouthfeel was right for the taste. Not the best craft brew but probably a lot like American beer before the macros took over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Nice taste in mouth but I couldn’t get through the aftertate. I didn’t hate it but it was "different". A beer to grow into possibly. Great head great body..almost a wife in waiting...but like a wife...it didn’t know when to shut up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a nice medium amber topped by attractive creamy beige head, lacing is so-so. Aroma is fresh bread, maybe a little banana. Nothing really unique about flavor, just has a good fresh taste, maybe a bit doughy. Finish is a little cloying. Overall this is just a nice American classic, nothing fancy. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2005
I’ve been drinking this for years, its a classic beer, with its own flavor. Its citrus flavored with a bit of spice too, hoppy, and refreshing at the same time, I know that it wouldn’t seem refreshing, but I often drink it on a hot California day, and its great. Good beer!

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