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RATINGS: 3702   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 2, 2004
Golden amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly fruity esters. The flavour has a metallic twinge with fruity notes and a moderately bitter finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
Golden, ok head. Aroma from toffee, peach and cream. Flavor brings toffee, syrup and fruit. Some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 2, 2004
On tap at The Ruck in Troy. Poured light brown or copper with a thick creamy white head, which lasted a while and left an excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma is not especially strong but has a slight fruity character. Initial taste has a unique, difficult to distinguish flavor, almost a hoppy fruitiness. However, its subtlety makes it difficult to describe eloquently. The body is fairly full with good carbonation. The finish is smooth, nothing special. Overall a good unique brew, though I think I’d rather have an Anchor Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Bottle pours deep golden, fairly translucent, small white milk froth like head, lively carbonation, with fairly sticky lacing.   Fairly malty aroma, slightly grainy.   Forwardly malty, minor floral notes, definite grain, with subtle hops.   Medium body, good mouthfeel.   Finishes just as it started with more of a light fruit flavor.   Decent offering from Anchor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Poured a beautiful amber body with a huge creamy head that reminded me of a dreamcicle (orange vanilla popcicle for all you unknowning folks out there). The aroma was, what of it I could actually smell (a very aromaless beer) was hoppy. The flavor was, as many say, nothing special. It reminded me of just your average standard ale. It had good malty tones and was quite dry. But, it does get kudos for looks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
franda (3) - USA - AUG 31, 2004 does not count
Pours a nearly clear deep copper with a thin, quickly dissipating, off-white head. Nose is of moderate strength with hints of warm bead and yeast. Mouthfeel is of moderate body with spritzy carbonation. The nose is reflected in the immediate palate which immediately takes on a hoppy bitterness. The finish is average and reminiscent of a famous green-bottled beer from Holland. Overall a good beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Wow. I have waited for a while to have this because I thought it would taste lagery. Nothing like. It really did taste like a standard ale. Nothing wrong about that. I will have to sample again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Had this one on tap. Tastes pretty much like a pale ale to me. Well hopped and drinkable but somewhat forgetable. Probably wouldn’t go for this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Tap. Medium amber color, off white head. Hops and malt flavor, very smooth. Make sure you have this beer on tap, it is entirely different than the bottled version.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This has got to be one of the most overrated beers I’ve seen lately. It really is nothing very special. I do recommend drinking it at a temperature closer to room temperature for more desirable results. Not the best by Anchor - try Anchor Porter or Liberty Ale.

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