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RATINGS: 3597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
On tap: It poured amber with a medium white head. Definately a full taste beer. Mildly hoppy with a hint of sweetness. I would definately order another round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2004
bottle 12 oz. Clear amber/copper w good mid sized bubble carb. Nice sized off white head that could have lasted longer. Aroma is semi sweet malt with mild hops. Flavor is pleasantly dry & bitter from start to finish with nicely balanced malt flavor and hop bitterness. Hop flavor is mild. There is a slight malt sweetness right before the finish. Just at the threshold of medium bodied.This 6er was a bit stale tasting (a bit harsh & sharp). It would probably rate a couple points higher if fresher or on tap. Nice beer but not worth the price of $8/8.50 for 6.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Amber in the glass with very little head. A very normal tasting beer. Malt and hops and not alot more. I really like the other Anchor’s I’ve tried but this just didn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlurFan (8) - USA - DEC 2, 2004 does not count
The best non-micro brew on the west coast! It’s found at most California pubs that pour much worse...fine western US hotels take pride in serving this original "steam" brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2004
(650 ml bottle). Very small white head that didn’t last. Clear orange amber body. Sweet bread dough with tones of lighty toasted bread, subtle caramel and nutty aroma. Light hop aroma as well as some fruity notes. In my mouth, first moderate sweetness (that makes me think of fresh bread) that hold till the end. Light bitterness of long duration toward the end. Light body, lively carbonation (big bubbles).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 Bottle: Light malt aroma. Almost Euro lager-like. Nice transparent amber with a good white head with fair retention. Light malt up front. LIght hops in the finish with a little spice. A little smoke is in the background. Not real impressed with this one. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
The best beer to get if there is nothing else to get as this brew is carried in many places here in California. Pours a golden/amber hue with a small slight-offwhite head. Aromas of slight citrus with a little skunk. Very drinkable, but not that great,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Had on tap at the Cactus in Newport News, VA. Came to me in a glass with a nice amber color, but not much head in sight due to its pouring is my guess. A nice clean aroma with malt sweetness and notes of citrus detectable. A light toasted malt flavor is accompanied by a sweet taste and a slight bitterness. Definatly a lot of lager charecteristics to this beer. A little too thin in the mouthfeel and a very smooth drink. It has a slightly unusal flavor the is complex enough to keep you interested and makes for a good summer brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 This beer didn’t cut it for me. Perhaps the tap at the bar was watery. That always effects the taste of the beer. If I try it again maybe I’ll be more impressed. These brews have an odd taste which I can’t quite place.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2004
bottled poured into frosted glass. light head amber/brownish in color. fruity/ coffee taste. decent beer overall, but not my favorite winter ale.

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