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RATINGS: 3571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
I find this beer confusing. If you love it, great. If you sort of like it, good. For me it's good. Caramel/Amber pour, with a full fluffy lacey off white head. Aroma is hoppy floral with caramel, strawberries, and toasted hops. Caramel balancing with a citric sourness are in the forefront. Sadly the start is dull. Still it is a relatively good/complex beer. Sweet malty, hop and tart. It is smooth and sharp. I liked it. I guess it just wasn't enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
12 oz plastic(?!) bottle. Pours with minimal head. Fresh aroma, and very drinkable beer: nice balance between hop and malt, but in the end kind of forgettable. Negative one appearance point for the plastic bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Poured a nice copper color. I had it from a pony keg at Yankee Pier in San Jose, so the restaurant smells coupled with a semi-stuffed nose didn't let me get a good sniff, but it wasn't impressive. Tasted like a lager with a bit more flavor. Won't order it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Aroma is malty and has hints of yeast--smells mildly like a Belgian. Pours a transparent copper with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates. Start has lots of carbonation, very malty, with just a tad bit of bitter hop at the end. Pretty bland and boring beer. As an afterthought, like Oakes, I totally agree. I don’t understand why this beer is so hyped. (6/4/5/3/11)---RE-RATE- aroma is spicy and metallic. Light doughy malt flavors are also present. Transparent copper body with a medium off-white head present. Starts floral, spicy and metallic. Nice chewy, lightly nutty malt character in the middle. Finishes with mild lingering metallic bitterness. Easy-drinking, and fairly pleasant. Not sure what I was thinking 7 years ago...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
Poured a light amber body with a small fizzy head. Definitely a hoppy aroma, along with some herbs. Initially sweet, with a bitter finish. Light to medium bodied and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2004 On tap at Halverson's on Church Street. Slightly pale orange/gold color with virtually no head or lacing. Slightly fruity aroma. Taste is mildly fruity as well with a quick, mild burst of light hops. This is light and pretty refreshing, and it certainly isn't objectionable; there just isn't much flavor here.

Rerate, 04/23/04: 12 oz. bottle. A bit better second time around. Reddish amber color with a thin, white head. Flowery, hoppy aroma with very light caramel. Flavor is slightly citrusy with some hops in the finish, but I think there's a slightly disagreeable aftertaste. Very thin mouthfeel. An okay beer. Not as good as its reputation, and certainly doesn't live up to Anchor's other beers. But they can't all be great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Normal Amber color. Floral, malty, sweet aroma, thick slowly dissapating white foamy head. Slighly bitter, the taste is hard to pinpoint, but it's differant. A pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Reddish amber color. Aroma is floral. Flavour is roasted and malty with some good bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 This is a really good brew that I think is a little underrated. Great unique taste and ABV content makes for a good session beer. One of my favs from anchor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours copper with a large fluffy head. A fruity, yeasty aroma. Flavor is sweet and floral; honey, with a nice pine finish. A dry aftertaste lingers a bit. Medium bitter. A little watery with good carbonation. A nice beer.

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