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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 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 (2738) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2005
On tap. Gorgeous dark orange color, with a strange, sweet, unidentifiable aroma. Flavor is clean and balanced between malt and hops--like the description says it’s sort of an ale-y lager. Its strength and weakness is this smooth flavor, which has no one dominant quality. Fantastic with a meal, probably not bad for just sipping either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2196) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 24, 2005
Foam creamy of good persistence. Color much intense one; amber shining, discreetly bubbly. Medium scent, not particularly strongly. Fresh and rich taste. Fizzy and bitter to the just point; much balanced one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
nice honey brown color and a off white head. Has kind of a honey taste to it. Overall not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
bottle. malty, almost honey-ish aroma. flavor is a complex maltiness, with a slow balance of hops to finish cleanly. So nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle. A restrained easy drinking beer with a pleasant though slightly unusual caramel flavour. Overcarbonated and not a very full body.

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