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RATINGS: 3680   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
I have decided to delete my previous rating because I’m sure I got spoiled samples. The sample I am tasting now was bought from a hotel consignment. According to the date code this beer is 3 weeks old. This was fresh tasting beer. Poured a deep amber color with a nice fluffy 2 finger cap which retains a good lace on the glass. Medium carbonation. Aromas of sweet crystal/caramel malts and grassy hops..very pronounced aromas. Full bodied beer...chewy toasty malts with spicy hopping that goes slightly drying in the finish and lightly bitter in the after taste. All in all this a good session beer...well made, quaffable, full bodied and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2005
Crisp beer -- not sure really what "steam beers" are, or "california common" for that matter, but this beer is nice. I don’t think I could ever really come up with a good reason to drink it however, as there is always something better available. Wouldn’t turn up my nose either. Reminds me of a soft saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Bottle, Light flavor very refreshing clean crisp and complete. Downside is its kinda avgage with nothing really to to say bammm here I am.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Dark orange amber color, small white head. Muted hop aroma, backed by a malty sweetness. Slightly toasty malt dominates, with a bracing of slightly resinous hop. Mouthfeel is medium light, and slightly creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1465) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Interesting beer! I really respect what Anchor has done for bringing small batch beer making to the forefront. I like the overpowering hoppiness to this beer, but I can’t help wondering if it is just there to cover up the rest of this beer. It has a great amber colour and nice head, but the body is not a good maltiness. It tastes similar to a mass produced pale lager, lots of sweet corn flavour present. I don’t hate it, it just feels a little missleading.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Amber in color with a small white head. Very easy drinking beer. I finished the glass quite quickly. That being said, nothing really stood out in the aroma or flavor. I was in San Francisco so I figured it was the right time to give it a try. Fairly average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
Best steam beer period. Amber color with white creamy oam head. Toasty salty malt, and above average hops and carbonation which makes it drinkable and popular. Subtle citrus & carmel. candy floss aroma. Lingering aftertaste. Unique. Fills you up and can be before food and then with the meal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Bronzed-amber pour with a light layer of not-too-condensed white head. Head receded rather quickly, but left some faint lacing as it went down. Floral hop aroma, but kind of stale. There was also a bit of caramel malt in there. Crisp flavors, but the floral hops were still a bit stale. Finish was smooth and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2005
I sampled this beer on tap at Benno’s. It pours to a thick rocky off-white head atop a bronze/copper body. The aroma is fairly basic and lagerish. Caramel malts, pale malts. The flavor is a lightly sweet malt, EPA bitterness, pretty basic but fills out my California Common style.. The palate is where this beer excels. It’s got a nice thick, rich, and creamy body. I don’t see how this is a different style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Honestly I am unimpressed with this beer. There is little complexity and little hop presence, although it totally lacks esters and other off-tastes for a cali. common.

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