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RATINGS: 3412   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Cloudy orange-red with nice, but short lasting head. Sweet, wort-like aroma. Smooth, soft, malty, bitter-dry. Has lots of taste and body considering ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
For its historical value alone, this has to get some respect. As a beer, it's nothing special these days, but its uniqueness is intriguing. Nice crisp taste, good hop flavor and a good session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2004
he first thing I think of when I taste this beer is, well, Bass Ale. I no longer drink Bass because of all the other beers on the market which taste much better. Still, a decent pale ale with a good hop bite. Something which goes well with a steak or other strong meat dishes. A good base for black & tan if you don't have bass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 Just couldn’t help myself. I’ve had SO many of these and have never rated. Why so high? This beer I give credit along w/ SNPA for moving my tastes and those of a thousand others along the road to more and better. Sure there were others and many that in actuality I hold far higher and appreciate in the way one normally thinks (hell, I like Liberty ale more than Steam), but this one came at a time when I needed something to kick my quest into gear and this did the trick.THANK YOU!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2004
Light hybrid... Very enjoyable for just one beer. Light bitterness in the entire beer meakes this beer an easily accessible beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steller (8) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
Nice beer. Somewhat similar to Sam Adams Lager, in terms of good hops, and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2004
bottled and on tap: ive had this even at the brewery which i highly recomend if your visting san francisco. this is always a good standbye for me. amber hue and nice full head, a malty character with some hops thrown in there but not a lot. dry finish. a sour aftertaste. i like it real cold on draft best? i know weve all had it so lets go try something different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours an amber hue with a slight yeasty aroma... the taste is there, but not as hopped as I generally like my beer. However, it still beats ALL of the American Standard lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Pours a light copper with a thin fizzy white head that doesn't last. Very basic beer. Not very complex. Not a lot of hops. Nice malty flavor. For a rather bland beer it's pretty good. A decent session brew at a good price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2004
An interesting beer that is a bit different from your typical American fizzy yellow lager, but still not that complex of a beer. Nice copper/amber color, fruity notes predominant with a low-moderate hop bitterness. Quite easy to drink as well.

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