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RATINGS: 3514   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2003
This a finely crafted brew.Nice rich amber/golden.So so head/lace.Nice qualty sweet malt aroma w/ some hops helping out.Nice light carbonation/smooth malty/nice bit of hops to make this one almost worth the high cost of this fine brew.I prefer the liberty but this one is my woman's favorite

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2003
Bottled. Dark amber, with a thick, creamy head. Toffearoma. A rather dry palate and a bit smoky flavour with toffee and fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 Rerate: Had a stronger smokey flavor than before. Nice kind of woody aftertaste.

Either this beer is overrated or I got a horrible batch. Tasted horribly watery with a nearly american standard after taste. However, I did taste some faint roasty flavors. I'm gonna have to sample this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Wow, this is nice beer. Seemed very 'normal' to me at first but there's a lot going on here. Nice roasted malt flavors. Very well balanced. Nice balance between fullness and drinkability, too. Nice 'thirsty' beer. Cool f'in bottle, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2003
Nice sweet caramel, malty aroma. Very clear orange-amber colour with good two inch head of fine bubbles that diminishes fully, but slowly with some lacing. Rich roasty flavour with some nuttiness and a nice background bitterness. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests and nicely balanced. Good light palate - this is a real thirst-quencher, and it tastes good too. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
Good-looking amber body with nice carbonation and finely laced 2 inches head, medium-lasting. Piny hops aroma with notes of perfumey caramel. Nice malt development in mouth, good balance. I like it more with every sips. It remains very light though with resin hoppy profile bringing a light bitterness. Well done and indeed got the lager light and refreshing smooth body which I liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Pours with a medium yellow head; aroma is a bit sweet, like baked apples maybe. Copper color is nice in the glass. This is a well balanced, semi-bitter beer with malt tones, comparable to a good ale. A bit wet. Aftertaste is quick and far from unpleasant. Very good overall and more accessible than Anchor's Liberty Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
A grassy beer that simply reminds me of a bad lager. PErhaps a ground-breaking or revered beer, but I just can;t seem to like it. Bottle, draft, can't get by the weird grassiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2003
Bottled. At the Shoreditch festival. Amber with an attractive bold white head, that settled down. Lovely complicated malt aroma and taste. The beer smoothly transitions from complex malt to a pleasant and refreshing bitter finish. Their porter kills this but its not a bad beer by any stretch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Bottled: bronze coloured with loads of fizz rushing to fill the gaps in the thin patchy head. Thick chewy malt aroma that coats the nostrils. Pretty good bitterness - on the pine tree side, and a wet malty finish. Not exactly doing much for me, but not bad.

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