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RATINGS: 3701   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moonlight77 (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Having lived in bay area for while I can’t say how many time this tasty brew hit the spot. Light considering its full flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2005
pours a nice amber color,with a small head.Has a nice blunt malty/bready aroma.Light body,a little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 A Mes rate: Aroma is hoppy, citric and nothing more than reasonable. Cant really pick anything out. Appearance is well worth the 4 and if I took a picture of this right now none of you would argue. Wonderful resin/amber body with a rocky head that lasts well. The way the bubbles settle flowing up into the head after the initial pour was an absolute joy to behold. It is hoppy and nutty and has a most unusual effervesence(sp?) to it. Something that reminds me of alka-seltzer. Also has a very delicate hint of that minty flavour I tasted in the Liberty Ale. Bitter finish. Downable. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Nice copper color. Bread aroma, with some underlying sweet malt. Decent flavor, could use some biterness. Not a bad brew overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Edgar (3) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2005 does not count
Definitely not impressed with this beer. Not much subtlety in the rather harsh burnt malty aroma’s and taste. Not well balanced, watery, not enough sweetness or fullness. Bitterness unpleasantly lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Pours a clear amber with a thick bubbly head from the bottle. Malty aroma and taste, as well as caramel. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2005
A rich, copper colored ale that even looks dense in the glass with a moderately thick, dense, white head. Aroma is dark fruit, bramble-like, gamey, and toasty malt that really intensifies as it warms. Flavor is loaded with currant-like hops, acidity, a solid malt, and some sweetness. As with everything Anchor does it is perfect, but this style and that kind of hop profile does not intrigue me. This is a good beer to have in your fridge to give to someone who does not get good beer yet. I am not saying it is an intro style or has little or no flavor. It just has that "I could drink a couple of these with a burger and fries" quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a huge lasting frothy white head. Some nice bubble action going on. It looks great! Sweet aroma of fruit, caramel malt, light hops and grain. Very mild flavour of sweet malt and grain with a lightly bitter aftertaste. In the end it’s way too mild and there aren’t enough hops, making this a decent beer but the Anchor Liberty is way better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
Bouteille de 12 oz obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de fleurs et d’agrumes. Apparence: Couleur ambrée. Mince col mousseux. Forte densité des bulles. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréale, d’agrumes et une légère pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture mince. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruitée. (Rating #299)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Pours a big rocky white head that leaves a light lacing. Beer is clear pale amber. Nice aroma of cookies and a hint of hoppy citrus. Taste is papery at first, but builds to reveal some buttery scones. Bitterness lingers long. A classic that deserves recognition.

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