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RATINGS: 3513   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Popped the cap - this one was a gusher. This beer pours a nice rich amber, with a white head. Light aroma, a little bready, with some nice melon and coffee notes. Flavour is also light, but a little bitter; nothing is especially pronounced. Palate is very smooth, but the body is very highly carbonated (due to the addition of extra yeast, before it's bottled).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Superbly balanced, clean and drinkable with a fine, lingering bitterness that pulls me back for another sip --the archetype and pinnacle of the style.

Pale copper hue, clear; creamy, white head. Light honey and chunky, bready malts set against woodsy and herbal aromatics. Off-dry, moderate and clean acidity, mild bitterness; ends with a crisp, effervescent bite. Medium-light body, slick texture, mousse-like carbonation.

Old rating: 12 oz bottle, beer mug, 50 degrees. Giant, white, foamy head seems to be well lasting and is accompanied by an average density, deep amber colored body with average carbonation. Slightly piney, slightly citric hops and caramel, grainy malts play well together. Aroma is lighter than I would like. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Aroma was very indicative of what the flavor would be like; although, there’s a slight English pale ale warmth to the flavor that I didn’t pick up in the aroma. Medium bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation. I could stand for the body to be a little fuller with a creamier texture. The bottom line is: this is a great everyday beer, an absolute classic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Amber brown with a tan head. Hoppy aroma. Initial malt flavor with bitter hops on the end. Pretty good, not hard to find either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
good accesible beer, I don't think its a top ten, but good none the less. It one of those fall back beers that you order when the selection is thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2905) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Small head, nice amber color. Malty taste with a nice hoppy finish that does not linger to balance it out. An enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2003
Not much of an aroma, a slight fruitiness. Pours amber brown, low head that lingers. Much hoppier than expected. Slight hop finish and a mild sweetness. Not spectacular and a little overpriced, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2003
Clear deep amber color. Head initially is great, but disappearing too fast. Clear and soft sweet malty palate, nice citric bitterness. A beer to remember.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Medium bright amber orange clear with a medium size short lasting head. Faint malty and floral hops aroma. Mild hop bitter, candy sugar and malt sweet flavours. Mild bitter disappointingly short bland finish. Interesting but not as much as the Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2421) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Good head with a creamy top and decent carbonation. Head does not last long. Color is a medium orange amber. Slight hops presence in the aroma with a little malt. Flavor is a little weak but smooth and well balanced. Finish is slightly bitter and dry but smooth again. A decent everyday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 This beer has an enticing copper color and pours with a light beige head. There is not a huge amount of aroma to it, it smells clean, malty and a bit of floral grassiness to it. A light sweet/ malty taste up front that finishes with a good bitterness. This beer is about perfect balance between the hop and the malt. Just a wonderful beer that, because of its popularity/ availability, of the gets short shrift. In my mind this is one of the great everyday drinking beers.

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