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RATINGS: 3341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Truly one of my favorites. I love the smokey peppery taste of this, with an almost IPA feel to it. Sweet and ejoyable with a nice bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
A very sweet, malty and enjoyable aroma. Slighty smoked aromas and almost devoid of hop flavors; a touch of bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Original Rating January 9, 2003:It’s a good, plain beer. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just the better choice to have for a session. Not heavy, not weak. Nice. 7/4/6/3/14 Re-rate May 9, 2008: Okay, the previous rating is a prime example of what NOT to do when starting to rate beers. Good lord... I guess to be fair, it was only about my 41st rating. Anyways... Copper color with a thin head. Spicy floral hop aroma. A simple dry grain and malt flavor. To borrow from BMC’s marketing departments, it seemed "crisp". How the hell is that actually possible? Fresh and clean. Simple but good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diablokev (147) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2003
The aroma is sweet and of flowers, with hint of malt. The appearance is a nice copper with a light rust colored head, and nice lace. The flavor is a bit malty with a slight bitter aftertaste. The beer is smooth and crisp. Quite a nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Perfect session beer light in all flavors but nothing is missing. This is the first real beer [all malt] I had ever drank and it ruined me to the mega brews

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
A good full flavor beer. The steam style has the flavor of an ale, with some varying level of flavors. It's well hopped, probably to cover some of these flavors. It also is a full flavor and bodied beer which is pleasant to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Great example of plain old beer (thats a compliment). Reminded me alot of bass if you adjusted the levels of malt and background fruity flavors. What I like about this as well as bass is that it is a well refined great tasting common beer. I love imperial stouts and well hopped IPAs but I couldn’t sit at a bar and drink 7 or 8 in a night. This beer I could and I would enjoy every one of them. And I think it would be a shame to take points way just because it is a common style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2003
a slightly darker, less hop pronounced sam adams? it good, but not that good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4707) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Copper in colour....copper in smell!!! Good in overall flavour, a decent amount of hops and a great flavour. One of my favourite beers that I can find anywhere!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Dull, mildly hoppy aroma. Light copper body and fluffy head. Moderately bitter with a small amount of malty sweetness. It transistions well and does have a cleaner finish than most beers.


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