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RATINGS: 3548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - AUG 10, 2004
Not bad, but almost overdominated by it’s hoppiness, to a point of being bitter. Some slight hints of caramel, from my taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Had heard many praises of this beer. What I found didn’t bowl me right over. Slightly floral note and a little too bitter for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours an amber color, with a frothy off-white head. Smells kind of sweet, like caramel. I don’t taste a whole lot of hops here. It is smooth and refreshing though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Nothing particular about this one. Very pretty clear amber poor with nice cream white head though quickly diminishing. The aroma was light...maybe a little fruity? Too light to discern but not offensive. Flavor had mild hops and a mild malt. Crisp. Over all...not to be redundant...but....mild. A decent every day beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maximus55 (40) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
I thought this beer was going to be really good but I never had anchor steam so I gave it a try, it seemed to have a very bitter taste, but it didn’t smell bad either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1019) - 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.

   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...

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2154) - 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.

   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.

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