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RATINGS: 3702   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Has a nice clear dark amber color with a light film but no head. Fiishes with a mild sustained bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2005
I’ve had this twice and plan on having it again... might even re-rate upon subsequent tastings, for this reason: my first bottle of Anchor Steam had a wonderful mild clover honey flavor that was highly drinkable and refreshing, but my second bottle several months later was fairly non-dememo and beery. However, in reading professional reviews of this beer, evidently one of the characteristics of this beer is the complexity of flavor and a seemingly dynamic flavor profile, even between swigs from the same bottle. This bears further research, methinks...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Has a nice head. It has a sweatness to it a little to fruity for my likings. But i can see why its so poplur, it overal is a good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2005
nice mix of fruit & floral aroma. big foam head that finally settled down to reveal a light amber colored brew. flavor is slightly sweet and floral. decent session beer but nothing great here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2005
It’s amazing I havent tried this before. Nice amber color with a thin head. Aroma is a light malt and slightly sweet. This really does seem like something that anyone could drink straight from the tap. Flavor comes through with some very palatable malts, light citrus feel, really good and basic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2005
I always wondered what "steam beer" was all about. The aroma’s sweet, fruity, biscuity malt. Looks lovely: clear dark amber (bordering on copper) with a light film but no head. Should mention that I’m sampling in San Fran Holiday Inn where the glassware is minimal. Taste: a gush of light roasty malt then a gentle bitterness in good balance but - is that it?!? Aftertaste is mild sustained bitterness with a dusky kinda natural malt edge. The body is where this beer interests me: super smooth with ultrafine effervesence around tongue tip. Verrrrrry drinkable (though more of that carb-feel would be nice) - a good session beer. Not too spectacular but well balanced - and very burpy kids! Extra marks I guess just for reputation and that I’m in San Fran...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snclrlws (19) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Pleasant hoppy aroma, good head that left a nice lacing on the glass. This beer is very easy to drink, due to its slightly watery palate and subtle flavor. I wish that there was more flavor in this drink, but as it is, Anchor Steam makes a good session beer with a taste that beats that of the macro-brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
I’ve never really thought this beer was worth the money I pay for it here in Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good quality pale ale but nothing spectacular...nothing unique. You may argue that the brewing method is unique; and it is, but it does not make that much of an impact on the flavor. The aroma is more malty than hoppy but a decent balance. Good over all palate...not too committed in the hops, malt or bittering after taste. Overall, this is a smooth drinking pale ale with personality like the girl next door...nothing spectacular but worth a spin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle. I found this pleasant to drink. A bit of a grainy (?) mouthfeel, medium bitterness and quite soft.

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