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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2005
A nice amber, good lager type beer about what you’d expect for a brand now seemingly nationwide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
This is a beer that was one of the first micros to become a common sight. At that time it seemed great; in light of the micro-Renaissance it’s still a very good beer. Malty, grassy-hop aroma. Flavor is almost exclusively malty with some tea notes and hops at the end. Very full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 Assertive hops with some malt. Good carbonation. Medium amber color with decent head retention. Some fruit and a bit more complex than a typical lager. One of my favorite all around go-to beers. It’s one of the beer s I like to keep in my fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
Beautiful clear copper/amber color with a medium light yellow head. Some decent lacing. Has a malty aroma with a flowery hop finish. Palate is a little dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Draught at Alumen Bar, Copenhagen. Very nice, malty aroma. Fresh light-red, golden appearance. Great malty flavor with just twist of hops, incredible for a 4,8%. Not a bad finish either. Mouthfeel very nice. Functions both as a thirst-quencher and as a special experience. Overall very recommendable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Okra23 (28) - Flowood, Mississippi, USA - APR 25, 2005
I was expecting alot out of this beer and it was a good beer, but it let me down with the somewhat bitter taste. Would still drink again though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flyindog (14) - USA - APR 22, 2005
Tastes and pours more like a stout than I expected. Very coffee-like. Unusual, but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 This is a very good beer that is widely available throughout the country. Often such success means less flavor and lower quality but not here. All of Anchor’s brews are top notch. Their Steam Beer has tasty, well-balanced malt flavors with a nice hops backbone--tastes like a richer pale ale. Really nice deep sunset gold and mahogany color. For something different try on tap mixed with Guiness for what we call a Black and San Fran.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2005
Amber with almost no white head and almost no lacing. Smells of dough, caramel, bread, and floral nice smell. Taste is alright, light bitter light sour and sweet too, weird. Not to nice a palate though, easy to drink though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Nacreous orange amber pour, topped with a decent off-white head. Licorice and pear aromas, with a savory buttery background, some wooden notes. Flavor is effervescent, with tones of mellowed apples and fresh asparagus. Hops finish the drink, nicely, with a tangy bitter coating on the tongue. Nice, but not overwhelming.

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