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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 Steamģ 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 kršusening.

Anchor Steamģ Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when ďsteamĒ 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 Franciscoís 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 ďsteamĒ is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of our flagship brand - San Franciscoís original Anchor Steamģ Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 good quality beer..(how descriptive i was when i first came onto the site..I havent had this since so i have nothing addition to say)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JamesSF99 (1) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count
I work only 3 blocks from this OUTSTANDING brewery and we often leave work on Friday afternoon for a tour and tasting. I wanted to comment on how important it is to taste this steam beer when itís fresh--no more than 2 months at the outside if itís bottled. If you learn how to decipher the code on the label, you can determine the exact brewing date. If I find beer older than a month and a half in the liquor store, I wonít buy it. But fresh, itís the best tasting beer Iíve ever had. Drinkable and complex. Thatís my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Its been a long time since I had one of these. At least 10 year. Well, its not quite as good as I remember. Now the bottle might have been old, so that might have something to do with it. Good solid amber color, good malt, but a little too bitter end. It needed a little more malt to balance it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Nice amber color with off whitish head. Floral, malty aroma. Decent flavor but a little too much bitter for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Re-Rate: The more I have of this stuff the more I think itís just kind of bitter without being tasty. Fizzy and no head to speak of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2002
This beer isnít bad, and it has a pretty good hop flavor (however sparse), but it seemed a bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
i dont think this deserves the bad rating iíve seen on it i thought it had a refreshing taste and the bitter after taste was mild, an ok beer for the money

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 bland but clean and drinkable - a pizza beer as ravidesai would say. rer8 3.5 years later: clear copper with self-fizzling head. faint aroma of toffee and menthol. tastes like a boiled, pasteurised english bitter, one of the more industrial ones like ruddles county or something. simplistic balance of sticky toffee and a full stop of bitterness. short flavour, with plenty of high-alpha piney resin that iím not keen on. hard mouthfeel. not very pleasant - rough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (6453) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 7, 2002
i had quite an old bottle from bertís bierhuis in utrecht and figured it must have lost a lot of its flavout but judging by what people say it sounds like it probably didnít have much to start with

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
This wasnt that bad. I had one after drinking the king of beers(Sammy Smithís Oatmeal Stout) so this prob isnt going to get a fair rating. Some hop presence, amber in color.

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