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RATINGS: 3599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
My first california common - Pours suprisingly dark amber with a tan lasting head. Aroma of floral woody hops with sweet toffee. Smooth medium-thin feel. Nice clean caramel malt start with a balanced bitter finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Although this is a pretty ordinary beer its one of my top ten favorties. Hue is a a dark rich amber and head lasts for moment. Flavour is hard to label but i i taste a dough/bready attributes. Wish this was more affordable for a daily drinking basis cuz then id be a loyal customer. I hope when i Visit San Fran its cheaper than here in San Diego.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Dark yellow/orange colour. Thick, long-lasting head that still decorated my glass after I had drunk the beer. Bitter but very well balanced and easily drunk. Refreshing. Certainly one of my favourites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Smells hoppy, wheat, honey. Pours nice gold with golden honey head. Head was nice and frothy. Tasted hoppy, had nice bitter bite and aftertaste. If price lowers would be a staple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
One of my first beers (when I was legal that is!) and still a favorite. Beautiful orange/brown color. Wonderful first sip. Great balance but with a timid finish. I’d take it over any of the big breweries trash any day. I may be biased by early memories but any Bay Area raised guy (or girl) should love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
THis is a great beer. The beer has a great crystal clear orangish color, with a nice bubbly head that screams drink me. It is a very balanced beer which starts off hoppy, but is balanced out by the malt nicely. One of my staples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11963) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle Conditioned, aged 3 years. Amber brown with light head. Deliberately aged which has given it a sweetish sherry like background and a nicely rounded taste. The hoppiness has gone, replaced by toffee notes. Flavour still isn’t full, with a watery finish. Interesting experiment, this was a 4.8% beer initially.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
This might be a regular for me if it were cheaper,but you get what you pay for I guess. This is a beer that is not overboard in any way,but is perfectly balanced. Has very tasty bready malt character,and great hop flavor,but not bitter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2004
I really liked this beer. Had a gorgeous mellowed hops flavor to it, almost as if you took raw hops (at least the ones I sniffed at Sam Adams brewery), took that scent, and blended it into the beer. Mahogany color. Very difficult to describe the flavor and feel, but a good classy beer that reads for good drinking at the bar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
amber pour with a frothy white head. Bubbles floating all around the edges of the glass. Barely any aroma to speak of at the top, but lots of taste... caramels, malt, grass... a definite aroma rises halfway through the glass and the taste at the finish is stronger and more appealing. Worth the time to investigate.

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