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RATINGS: 3338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2003
A classic, forgot I never rated this puppy. A refreshing yet complex beer. Nice golden amber color. Minor sweet notes. Clean hops finish leaves you wanting more.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jzzbassman (1511) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Poured with a small head, and pleasant but slight grassy aroma. A little thin, but malty and a nice finish with the hops.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
gotebo (11) - carnegie, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Pretty amber colour with not much head. Some lacking. Metallic can taste. This stuff is way over-rated and over-priced.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 4, 2003
Easy to drink. Almost too easy to drink. I was expecting much more from this. Flavor was very thin and bland. Perhaps i'm just spoiled on rich beers of doom...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2003
From 2000 Notes - Amber color. Malty floral nose. Flavor is about 50/50 malt and hops. Not bad but IMO overrated.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Golden color with medium white head.Hoppy aroma. Small malty bitter flavor but very light.Fairly smooth clean taste.Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
It's a lighter beer with some crispy hop undertones, looks pretty tastey, a clear amber with a white, lacey head. Download the song "scavenger type" by NOFX, it's about a homeless man who desperately seeks money in order to buy an "anchor steam pint".

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chiefoneeye (7) - Lambertville, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2003 does not count
The Original micro-brew is a fine quality beer, a bit bitter but a must try for a truly serious beer drinker

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
On tap. Golden yellow color with a dencent white head. A little malt with a nice bitterness. It's rating is raised a bit because it only cost me $2 per pint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10147) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2003
Huge creamy head. Cloudy nut brown color. Nutty grapes aroma. Hopbitter, earthy flavor with some blackcurrant and grapes and walnut. Somewhat oaky bitter finish. Tasty beer!


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