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RATINGS: 3571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 4, 2005
Thin, pale looking golden-orange color. Head is egg-shell, wonderfully thick, and doesn’t quit. Smell is rather light, vegetable hops and pale malts. Taste is watery with a nice, crisp, lemony/vegetable hop flavor that nicely complements the complex malt foundation. Lots of doughy-bread flavors, and yeast. Aftertaste is all yeast, malt and dry hops. Nice drinking beer definitive of California breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Nice solid creamy head. Beautiful deep color, yet still transluscent through a pint glass. Excellent clean alcohol finish, thanks to those bottom fermenting lager yeasts. Nice UK hop flavors with a US west-coast hopping strategy: A wonderful dry-hopped flavor from Northern Brewer hops, a nice change from the usual west-coast Cascade dry-hopping strategy. Good in the bottle, even better on tap. A truely unique American craft brew. Call a few months ahead to the brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco and schedule a tour. You won’t be dissapointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Imagine if BMC actually succeded in making a good beer. This is that beer. Lightly hopped, clean malts. Funny, I hadn’t even noticed that several other raters used the word clean until I used myself...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Legendary beer with a taste to match. The understated commercial deScription does not do justice to this. Yet, the deScription is extremely accurate. This beer is clean tasting with a floral hop. As the great architect Meis Van Der Rohe once said "less is more." Try this one with sour dough and beef stew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Crisp, solid, refreshing. Light and slightly hoppy. Good for having one or two witn snacks or light dinner. I will definitely try this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2761) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
Clear dark orange with a foamy, fizzy head that dissipates into a ring. Prominent sweet aroma of malt, with some raisin. Clean sweet and bitter balance with hops bitterness that holds on for a bit, coupled with a raisiny aftertaste. Subtle but apparent hop flavour. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
bottled, an good beer, copper hue, w/off white head, clean smooth taste, enjoyed the hoppiness. would try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Cool bottle actually. This is great beer. A lager that is hopped like an ale. How can it get any bettter. Great look as it pours a nice amber orange and I love the hoppy malty nose. Taste is great with nice west coast stringy grassy great hops in the first taste and the last along with good balance. I loved this one and hope to have more. Good carbonation and solid medium body. Good beer. No wonder no one else can call their beer steam beer... there aren’t worthy of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
it was either this or sierra nevada at the sublounge in san fran.seeing as i have had enough s.n. to be the poster boy,i went for the switch.now i have had this before but it was years ago.my taste has matuired sense our last encounter.i must say i was pretty happy with the taste.nice hops,malts,and a bit of spice.id drink another in the same situation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Very good all around drinking beer. Nice amount of hop flavor and good golden color. A favorite standby beer of mine.

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