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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 23, 2003
spicey, abbey-ish aroma. I love this beer. Has a slightly peary flavor, hops bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5497) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Poured a cloudy amber color with a small light tan head. It had a mild hoppy aroma. Light fruity hop taste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erich2872 (11) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Nice reddish color with a hint of fruit and bitterness. Smooth and refreshing like a lager but retaining the color and fruity flavors of an ale. Simply a great beer good with food or a few rounds at the local bar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2003
Nice red/amber color. Aroma of some malt. Unpleasant taste of old dark bread. Not very complex. A dissapointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Pretty complex - I've had two steam-style beers now and I'm a big fan. Great appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1557) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
A reddish pour with a slightly disappearing head. Some malt and some other spices? I don't know. But it was good beer and another good brew by Anchor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Golden red appearence complete with a quickly diminshing head. I would descrbe the flavor as a malty pale ale (if that makes any sense). Damn good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 Smooth, drinkable, and very refreshing. I think that this one is underrated because it's basically a yellow beer and doesn't clobber your taste buds. But this is a very nice beer that goes great with a meal or as a casual refreshment. A great beer to drink by the pitcher with friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 An alluring deep amber colour with shades of red, this beer is an eye-pleaser, and the head holds together quite well. Notes of slightly burnt caramel, pink bubblegum and white chocolate pop out of the glass. In the mouth, a pleasant chalky texture and initial sweetness is followed by a perfectly balanced hop bitterness, with flavours remeniscent of dry semolina pasta and cherry Jolly Rancher candy. Overall, this is a high-quality beer that can be endlessly savoured and appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1398) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 A very drinkable beer. Good "realiable" bottled beer, If you can’t get to the pub! 2011 update: This was my very first rating in 2003. Time for a recheck: A light copper brew. Light roasty and hop character. Very smooth and drinkable. There may be more flashy craft brews out there now, but this one really stands the test of time. Very enjoyable.

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