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RATINGS: 3679   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 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 (3009) - 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) - København, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
35.5 cl bottle. Served in Nørrebro 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 (13250) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Rich amber pour (quite attractive, really) topped with a rocky, tan, long-lasting head (even nicer) with a creamy mouthfeel. Basically a malty sweetness as a base, with a very lightly hopped, crisp finish. Very drinkable and makes a delightful session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Frothy head wth medium amber body. I couldn’t get much of the nose except light hops. Slight honey taste. Perfectly smooth start to finish. (12 oz bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
What a great beer! Pours nearly perfect looking amber orange with a nice cream head. Smells a little of fruit (apple?) with just a bit of hops. Somewhat peculiar taste that is quite pleasant, but hard to describe... Sweet with mild fruit flavors, but not syrupy. Hops are present, but don’t overpower. So smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Interesting orangy-brown color. Fizzy with minimal head. Very good flavor, almost like a smoky sweet and bitter ale. Perhaps a nutty flavor. FInishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat oily. A very good, unique beer with an interesting history.

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