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RATINGS: 3674   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 14/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
bottled, an good beer, copper hue, w/off white head, clean smooth taste, enjoyed the hoppiness. would try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Cool bottle actually. This is great beer. A lager that is hopped like an ale. How can it get any bettter. Great look as it pours a nice amber orange and I love the hoppy malty nose. Taste is great with nice west coast stringy grassy great hops in the first taste and the last along with good balance. I loved this one and hope to have more. Good carbonation and solid medium body. Good beer. No wonder no one else can call their beer steam beer... there aren’t worthy of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
it was either this or sierra nevada at the sublounge in san fran.seeing as i have had enough s.n. to be the poster boy,i went for the switch.now i have had this before but it was years ago.my taste has matuired sense our last encounter.i must say i was pretty happy with the taste.nice hops,malts,and a bit of spice.id drink another in the same situation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Very good all around drinking beer. Nice amount of hop flavor and good golden color. A favorite standby beer of mine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2004
I love this beer. It’s an american original and the beer that I mention when my euro friends tell that joke about sex in a canoe. This is a nice chewy delicous beer. It smells like Golden Gate park.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2004
Very good...but not abeer for new beer drinkers. Rather hoppy, but, IMO, much better than something like a Sierra Nevada. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Rich cherry/cooper color w/ amber highlites below a solid off-white head. Medium/thick lacing. Wonderful hoppy aroma with just a hint of nuts. Well-rounded flavor with nice balance of hops and a touch of sweetness (though not fruity) and a clean slightly bitter finish. Anchor Steam never disappoints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2004
from bottle. dense foam head, slightly tan. nice copper color. decent aroma, pale ale like. but the beer turned out much heavier than i expected, begins smooth and has a satisfying wheaty taste. somewhat dry and bitter, but soothing. it doesnt end as well as it begins, an above average ale. i can see how some would really like it, but not really my type

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
On tap: It poured amber with a medium white head. Definately a full taste beer. Mildly hoppy with a hint of sweetness. I would definately order another round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2004
bottle 12 oz. Clear amber/copper w good mid sized bubble carb. Nice sized off white head that could have lasted longer. Aroma is semi sweet malt with mild hops. Flavor is pleasantly dry & bitter from start to finish with nicely balanced malt flavor and hop bitterness. Hop flavor is mild. There is a slight malt sweetness right before the finish. Just at the threshold of medium bodied.This 6er was a bit stale tasting (a bit harsh & sharp). It would probably rate a couple points higher if fresher or on tap. Nice beer but not worth the price of $8/8.50 for 6.

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