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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Struck me as overly hoppy at first, but after a few bottles (over a few days...) it grew on me, just like other heavily hopped beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Grayish offwhite head. Clear copper color.Malty, grassy nose. Medium body. Nice prickly carbonation.Good malty/bready flavors and Some hop flavors coming through also.Good balance, clean on the palate, finishes dry. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5772) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Orange amber, pearling carbonation, off-white head. Slightly buttery malt, caramel, nuts and light fruit aroma. Fruit, caramel and some spices, mellowed, easy drinkable and nice balance. Bitter herbal finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
Amber colour, medium head. Aroma is rather fruity. Low bitterness, with a dry finish. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2522) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 A very nice amber colored beer with no head. A very skimpy body however and no real taste to speak of. ReRate- on Tap, great flavor, different from anythign I had before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2003
Excellent earthy aroma. Interesting palate, more flavor than I've ever had in a beer. Nice dark honey color. Medium to full body. Cost me $8.39 for a six at the convenience store.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2003
redish copper color and tastes like a dead guy kind of.mild carnbonation and creamy. sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Not much to say that already hasn't been said. A smooth quality beer that's even better on tap. Clean aftertaste with just enough bite to make it interesting. Always enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2003
On tap at Ashley's, Ann Arbor. Exceptionally clean, with a crisp malting and body galore, subtle (only slightly floral) hopping. Delicious and super quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 A light, clean beer (as they put it) with nice subtle flavors. Not much in the aroma department, but based on Anchor's unique brewing techniques, it's hard to know what to expect in this style. It's a nice session beer with a refreshing finish. Good on a hot day!

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