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RATINGS: 3714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 This beer is now a staple at many places that used to be Macro Only territory. I find it amazing and promising because this beer still seems too hoppy for mass consumption with a big and bold flavor, but it sells and that is promising. I’ll never turn down an Anchor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2005
bottle-pours with a medium head that dissipates quickly while coating the side of the glass. Nice malty aroma with a wonderful copper color. Bitter taste that finishes a bit rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2005
Bottled. Copper colour, mediumsized longlasting creamy head. Fruit and malt in aroma with flowery and hoppy notes. Sweet citric malty flavour with hoppy finish. Fruit and hops in aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Well, for one, this in my eyes is as good as a beer can look: Deep amber with zero cloudiness, and a nice creamy head. Aroma wasn’t too impressive. Mostly musky with maybe a slight touch of apple, though certainly not offensive. A bit wattery in the mouth, although the beer really shines through in a pleasant, very slightly malty flavor that is nice and easily drinkable (though not "smooth" like a stout). Maybe its influenced by the name but I feel like I can taste steamyness (even though its not actually made with any sort of steam). It just gives off that kind of feeling. Definitely try out this beer. Drink this sucker cold though because its flavors begin to get a little out of wack as it warms.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Aroma:Light malt,Vegetable.... Appearance:Amber,good withe head... Flavor:Light bitterness and malt flavor...Juste a litle better than a comercial beer....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Good ol’ Anchor Steam. I remember drinking you a long time ago before I was beer-aware. It’s still pretty good, if a bit boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Draught version. Nice copper coloured and very bright beer. Head disappeares quickly. The aroma is dominated by lightly roasted malts (munich type) and a delicate flowery hop aroma. On the palate this impression lasts. Slight sweet fruitiness from the malt. Evident lager caractaristics in spite of the high fermentation temperature for a lager. A very good session beer and, as everybody knows, a classic, but it’s not even close to being one of Anchors top beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerNJagerYum (16) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2005
This beer goes down smooth, not bitter. Pretty easy drinking. Not good warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
It was awhile ago since i had this one. I remeber it being pretty good though. Was smooth and pleasant to drink. Nothing too special but a good better then average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Pleasant aroma smells of apple and spring flowers. Appearance is golden-reddish with a nice thick creamy head. Lacing remains throughout enjoyment. Clean crisp hoppy and apple tasting. I like this little beer, it’s certainly the first of it’s kind that i’ve had. Mouthfeel was ok, pretty drinkable. I like this much more than their porter. I’d say this is a must try.

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