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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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2004
I heard that the name Anchor Steam came from brewing their beer with lager yeast at ale temperatures in the early days. Whatever, I'm sure they don't do that now. On Tap, San Francisco. Deept amber color, good head with some staying power. Nose is a mild hop profile with a bit of the vegetal. Tastes somewhat malty with good hop balance and a decent dry finish. Nice beer, but not very remarkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $1.39 for a 12-oz single. Medium amber in color, small head. Smell is nothing appetizing- but not bad. Slight caramel, mixed in with the smell of a beer tent at a fair or carnival. Bitter bite, without a doubt, one that leaves a funky aftertaste, like the taste of your fingers if you've been counting money. No major flavors jump out at me. Decent, but I most likely would not drink it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Very clean, malty, smooth, dry beer. Definitely better on draught than out of the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
A rather curious beer, this one, to an English palate. Deepish amber colour. Subtle hops, but nothing very assertive in the aroma. Quite hoppy flavour, but not as zingy as it might be. Some bitterness too ut, in all honesty, I didn't find anything too exciting going on on the palate. Finsihes clean. Quite pleasant, and easily drinkable, but overall this comes over as rather thin and a bit one-dimensional. Not my favourite Anchor beer. Bottled (355ml).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Very tasty with a good amber color and nice head. Was served in a warm glass that wiped out the head but did help with flavor as opposed to a chilled mug.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Sparkling clear amber ale with a nice, beige head and good lacing. Good and malty. Well-hopped. Good balance. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, bitter, crisp finish. The prototype for a lot of great, hoppy, left coast beers. For that, I thank Anchor. Otherwise, it's a fairly boring beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
definite hops aroma, but there's also a fresh smell that's hard to describe; medium amber color - a little too thin; medium dry taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste

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