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RATINGS: 3626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
You see....this is an example of why California rocks in the beer world. This isn’t a spectacular beer, but to call it common when so many of the "premium" beers produced around here are atrocious is truly telling. A nice amber colour with a big frothy white initial head which diminishes quickly. Slightly sweet and refreshing in the mouth - it’s a little thin but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Bottle. Orange-amber colour with a frothy, mostly dissipating, white head. Light aroma of leafy hops and cereal grains. Light-to-medium body with a lively carbonation. Crisp and dry, but lightly fruity. A pronounced biscuity, grain-like maltiness and a leafy, earthy hop character dominate the flavour and re-emerge for the dry aftertaste. A perfectly decent, appetizing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
A bit thinner than hoped for and no head in sight, but really a pretty good beer. Not for a steady diet but a pleasant diverson, especially on a hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
12oz Bottle. Pours an amber/brown with no head in sight. Aroma is pleasant perfumy soap, slight alcohol, glazed sweet potato (malt), and light citrus acidic hops. Very unique aroma. Flavor is sweet apple, with malt that shows its self very well in the middle, mellow citrus hop bit finishes the beer. After taste is a very interesting sweet soapy, malty, golden goodness. Body is thin and very effervescent. I enjoyed this beer very much just on its uniqueness. Tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9271) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2004
Bottled. Appearance is red'n'brown with a small head. Aromas are light winter fruit and floral hops. Flavours are light berries and grapes. Actually a bit thin and pretty disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Bottle. Very clear amber color with almost no head. Nose is soft and sweet. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and bitter and slightly nutty. Finish is dry and just a little sweet (I know, a contradiction). Palate is very clean, no thickness. I had this beer 10 years ago, back when I thought that Mickey's was the only good brew, and I hated it then. So, I was a bit aprehensive about it today. When I bought it this evening, I was thinking that I would hate this beer and I would have to give it a bad rating. But Christ, have my tastes changed! This is what I beleive every "American" beer should be. Anchor Steam should be the gold standard that other american beeres should be judged against. Great light summer beer with a deep flavor. A very, very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 18, 2004
It wasnt too bad of a beer. Had this one just to pass the time. Would probably get it again if i was drunk in town

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
I'd had this in bottles before and thought it was just fine enough, but on first tasting it on draft, my eyes and tastebuds blew wide open, and were all the happier for it! WOW!, what a difference freshness makes! Appearance: clear, bright amber hue, and a frothy, thick off-white head. Aroma: soft and clean, with hints of fruit, bread, cream, nuts. On the palate: smooth and fruity, with a small hop contingent, and very, very tasty. Body is light/ medium, texture is good, finish is long and friendly! The fruity flavor stays on the palate for the greatest portion of this drink, and continues to reward it's consumption. With every sip, the flavor jumps aboard with zeal and vigor, fresh and ready for the task (of refreshment!). Tasty, and tangy, and, again, very giving. A bright, beautiful hybrid beer that goes down smooth and easily, always accompanied by flavor. A great American brewing accomplishment, I always say! I'm forever glad there's always Anchor Steam around!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 16, 2004
I always wanted to try this because Red Lobster has Anchor Steam Beer salt and pepper shakers. I was pretty impressed as I thought it would just taste like a normal American Standard beer but it had a great flavor. I would definitely have this again in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
Bottle. Treid for the first time, poured much lighter than expected, very frothy head. Slightly spicy / hoppy aroma. Very smooth for such a light beer, good malt character and slightly bitter finish. Decent, had better, but may buy again - good summer beer.

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