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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (980) - Nevada, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 A refreshingly clean lager. Dark orange with hints of red. Head is thin and white with some lacing. Aroma is subdued, floral with a hint of spice. The body is light with good carbonation. Very little bitterness and light hop flavor. Beer finishes very clean and dry. No after taste. One of the better lagers I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
A nice standard choice, readily available. Subdued hops, nice pour and color. Drink with pub fare and be happy that beers like this exist so we don't get stuck drinking Bud or MGD when out for a quick bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Deep reddish amber color with white head. Aroma hints of floral and citrus. Full flavor. Good drink. Most publicized of the Anchors but not the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3126) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2004
I think of this as the beer that allowed Liberty to happen. It's the classic California style which is a subdued, middle of the road ale. A good beer but there are other styles I prefer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2003
Slightly cloudy with scents of malts and a little hops.It is what it says...clean... almost too clean. Malty start with a slightly bitter palate. Not too bad but pretty generic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Very clean and dry. Not too complex yet very enticing. A beer that sets the standard for all california lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2003
i really like this stuff, very nice with food. for detailed or not so detailed tastings too, which is nice. kinda like a weird bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2003
It's been too long since I've had this beer. Nice floral hoppy nose. Has a nice amber color. Tangy hop character dominates, crisp and clean in the finish. It leaves with a bitter dry aftertaste. A beer that would be great with a seafood paring. Yes it is a little overpriced but still a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I have to say I prefer the draft version over the bottle, although the bottle has nicer lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 An interesting beer. Deep orange body and a medium fast disappearing head. Malty nose. Hoppy and malty flavor. Very nice hop bitter aftertaste. Smooth palate.

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