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RATINGS: 3663   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barleyandmalt (25) - USA - MAR 12, 2005
Sweet, but slight hoppiness lost the balance this beer may have had. Nothing special here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2005
From A Bottle.Amber brown in colour with a medium lasting head,aroma is malty, taste is hoppy and sweet with a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
This beer helped start the craft movement, Thankd Fritz. Great beer. Clean and soft rounded mouthfeel. Some Nice malt body with Wholehop flower nose. Definite cascade and noble aspects. Extremely clean and slight sweetness. A world Classic California common. Except stay away from the Plastic bottle Turns a great beer into a PVC tasting shadow of itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Bottle. Light, white head. Sweet aroma. Tastes bitter and hoppy, with a sweet malty flavor. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2005
The bottle poured a beautiful polished amber liquid with a small rocky white head. The head dissipated quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass and no lacing. The aroma was fresh, sweet, and fruity; mainly malt sweetness with a hint of banana. Contrary to what the aroma promised, the initial flavor impression was of bitter hops with a dry, somewhat astringent mouth feel. The malt sweetness came out briefly in the middle while the finish left a warmth in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2892) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2005
damn good beer! I first had this in the late 70s. I liked it right off and I didn’t know jack about it then. But I can say that it’s remained the same, purnt near as I can tell, all down thru these ages. Wish Fritz was a girl so I could hit on him (her) or whatever. Just no insects please. Anyway, the beer is an artwork in the cross of lager and ale in the medium department. Pale ale that wants to be a larger lager or a larger ale that wants to be a lager. Have one and dwell on it. Ok, Fritz, if you wear a dress, I won’t be too critical, just don’t talk much.... and wear a high neck dress

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToolHead (266) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
35.5 cl bottle. Served in Nřrrebro Bryghus IPA glass. Amber color. OK head. Fresh aroma. Flavor is nicely rounded and rather complex. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. Pour a dark reddish color with medium head. Aroma has malt and sweet tone. Flavor is much the same with medium sweet and hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
pours ruby red with small fizzy head. Sweet floral/candy aroma. Interesting light non-hoppy taste. Alittle watery and overcarbonated for me. Overall an ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Fizzy, white head diminishing. Very light body. Caramel with vinous undertones, unique overall flavor. Slightly bitter on the finish. A well crafted classic; can restore your faith in beer after a sampling a few drainpours

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