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RATINGS: 3659   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Tap: Pours amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is bread, slightly fruity, hoppy, fruit. Nice mild, drinkable flavor with bitter balanced by the malt to give it a slightly overall bitter flavor that is very drinkable. Worth trying on tap anytime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
Bottled. A little fruity but not much else going on. Not a great beer at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
This pours amber with a creamy head. Aroma of fresh baked bread, bitter hops, and fruit. Flavor is crisp, hoppy and mild. This is smooth and easy drinking. Lace all along the glass. Overall, another fine brew from anchor!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
Bottled. No head on this, clear amber-brown body but it was the slightly stale aroma that was off-putting. Redeemed by an attractive hoppy taste with a real crunch to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice golden brown - or is it brownish gold? Decent foamy head that lasts a while. Classic, slightly sour aroma. Nice carbonation and a mild flavour with the taste of hops and a lingering bitterness. Decent mouthfeel. All in all, a really nice quencher on a hot day. A great beer for quaffing with quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Bottle pours a deep amber with a small head and a lace ring at the top. The aroma is slightly fruity and hops. The flavor is slightly fruity, bread like, and hops, with a dry finish. The palate is carbonated and refreshing. Overall, I have not had it in a long time but it was my first domestic craft beer and I still like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Amber colour with a fizzy diminishing head. Lightly fruity and bready aroma. Cereal and lightly fruity flavours with a medium bitter finish. Medium bodied and almost but not quite sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Ahoy Mates! Drop anchor and have a Steam. The craftbrew significance of this Ale is way too large to lump this puppy into the "I used to love it, but now I am too cool to say it’s good" category. This one, maybe more so than Sam Adams, brought America to wake up and drink a beer with taste. How many times have I been rescued by this ale being the only palatable thing on tap a "good" restaurant? Steam performs in the hop category. It has a civil gravity and is just pretty to pour. The only negative thing that I can say for this beer, is that Ol’ Fritz had to go and trademark the term "Steam" so that we homebrewers have to come up with a wet-noodle category like "California Common."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours amber with an off-white head. Taste is , sweet, hoppy, citrusy and floral with good malt balance. A mix between an ale and a strong lager. Mouthfeel is full and round. A very satisfying brew. recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
An ok beer. Weak on flavor but very refreshing served cold.

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