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RATINGS: 3513   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2004
A fairly average beer, but it has it’s fan base have no doubt about it. Pours a nice amber, with an average head. Lacing is minimal to none. Malty, with some fruitiness in the background. The sweetness seemed a bit out of place in the context of the rest of the beer to me. Finish was unremarkable.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Pours amber with a mediocre off white head...smells of malt and pennies...tastes malty yet tinny or aluminumy (ok, so it isn’t a word) with a crisp bitter finish...definately drinkable though...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle (355ml). This one was slightly dissapointing, due to the amount of hype surrounding it. It is fairly malty, with some floral, hoppy taste. Also straw and grass notes. (3.3) Draught at Microbar, Battersea. This is actually a fine beer. Straw, floral hops. Nice maltiness. Superb session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle. pours a dark tan that is effervescent. fluffy fat head. nothing over the top on this. a balanced brew. leaves a slightly metallix bitter taste. not a bad beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2004
a good beer. widely available. lives up to its style of common. this one is perhaps rated a bit high.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Certainly not my style at all. Smells of some sweetness and soap? Very malty with weird lager-esque taste predominant. Similar to Kolsch styles. Contrary to some, I didn’t think immediately of an ale. Definitely not the smoothest or most likable in my opinion.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2004
amber pour, tan head. good taste, i dont know the prerequisites for a california common. but reminds me of an ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Bottle. I think the commercial description above says a lot. Excellent malt backbone and a strong floral hop presence. Quick dry finish. Very clean and refreshing and great with food. Flavor reminds me of a cleaner and drier SA Boston Ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Pours amber with nice tight tan head with good lacing. Perfume and some floral notes to the nose, and a little detergent smell that is suprisingly not offputting. Clean flavor with more flowers and ends with a pleasant hops aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2004
It’s funny that the beer that’s the (modern) original for the style, the standard by which others are (should be?) judged, is currently only 4th on the list! Anyway, it has a great crystal malt base, substantial malty and slightly floral nose; pleasant crispy, clean bitterness, and a short, dry finish. Summer brew extrodinair, and overall great American original.


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