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RATINGS: 3691   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Nice amber pour. Mine is quite hoppy (very hoppy actually) to the point of being almost too bitter. Pretty good otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Bottle. Shared with Maibockaddict. I haven’t had it in awhile. Orange clear in color with a lasting head. Hoppy and malty.Good balance. Smooth tasting. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Have not had this beer since starting to rate. Have always thought this to be a decent alternative to macros at many establishments that do not carry much in the way of beer. Pours an orange clear color, with a white lasting head. I pick out hops and a slight carmel malt aroma. Slight fruityness as well. Flavor is a decent balance between hops and malt, with a touch of carmel coming through. Rather smooth, but not as drinkable as one would like for a lighter brew. Overall, a decent backup brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18114) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
Golden, small head. Has a great toffee aroma with a lot of malts. Flavor brings toffee as well, mixed with some hops. Quite mild finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - AUG 10, 2004
Not bad, but almost overdominated by it’s hoppiness, to a point of being bitter. Some slight hints of caramel, from my taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Had heard many praises of this beer. What I found didn’t bowl me right over. Slightly floral note and a little too bitter for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2983) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours an amber color, with a frothy off-white head. Smells kind of sweet, like caramel. I don’t taste a whole lot of hops here. It is smooth and refreshing though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Nothing particular about this one. Very pretty clear amber poor with nice cream white head though quickly diminishing. The aroma was light...maybe a little fruity? Too light to discern but not offensive. Flavor had mild hops and a mild malt. Crisp. Over all...not to be redundant...but....mild. A decent every day beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maximus55 (40) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
I thought this beer was going to be really good but I never had anchor steam so I gave it a try, it seemed to have a very bitter taste, but it didn’t smell bad either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2004
A fairly average beer, but it has it’s fan base have no doubt about it. Pours a nice amber, with an average head. Lacing is minimal to none. Malty, with some fruitiness in the background. The sweetness seemed a bit out of place in the context of the rest of the beer to me. Finish was unremarkable.

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