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RATINGS: 3548   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2004
bottle from baker feild bodega, aroma of faint hops,has a amberish color,dissapering head. well blanced for what it’s worth good beer if your gonna have like 8 or something

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Pours a translucent, hazy pear somehwat gelatinous appearing but without the texture. Clean aroma and taste of balanced hops and malts. Nice finish, somewhat biting, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
Clear orange amber color with a thin white head. Simple aroma and flavor of malt and hops with subtle fruit notes. Lasting bitter finish. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, oily texture. This is a simple, clean and decent beer, not bad but I look for more than that in a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Not bad. It pours a deep amber color with a tan head that fizzes up, then fades away. The aroma is a mildly floral with a touch of bitterness. The flavor is mainly a light malt, somewhat tart, and makes for a mildly creamy mouthfeel. This finishes with a bitter malt feeling. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is clear amber with a touch of red. The foam is very high, but it is also quite soft and disappears after a short while. The smell is fruity with a touch of black coffee and hints of yeast end smoked ham. The carbon dioxide is medium strong with medium bubbles. The taste is first on the lighter side with low bitterness. There is a nice body that is not too heavy. The malt is the dominating part, with hints of a burned taste. The aftertaste is filled with malt, white bread and some diacetyl. This is not my first choice for a session beer, but it is probably a perfect companion to a real American hamburger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Nice orange amber color with an tanish head, has an breadlike yeasty aroma. The flavor is thin and doughy witha bit of hop accent and some toffee notes not bad but I was hoping for more

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
deep yellow with a thin white head. muted aromas of nuts and fruit. Flavor a bit skunked pretty sweet. nice quafflable beer, but for the price you can do much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dthmtldgn (32) - barrington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2004
not bad for all the hype that ive heard for this historic brew. tried in wilwood, n.j. sat on the hotel balcony and drank a few. not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
This wasn’t a bad beer at all, nothing surprising, but it had a very smooth finish. I would say this would be like an everyday normal beer, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
My first california common - Pours suprisingly dark amber with a tan lasting head. Aroma of floral woody hops with sweet toffee. Smooth medium-thin feel. Nice clean caramel malt start with a balanced bitter finish. Nice beer!

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