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RATINGS: 3715   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Bottle. I think the commercial description above says a lot. Excellent malt backbone and a strong floral hop presence. Quick dry finish. Very clean and refreshing and great with food. Flavor reminds me of a cleaner and drier SA Boston Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Pours amber with nice tight tan head with good lacing. Perfume and some floral notes to the nose, and a little detergent smell that is suprisingly not offputting. Clean flavor with more flowers and ends with a pleasant hops aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2004
It’s funny that the beer that’s the (modern) original for the style, the standard by which others are (should be?) judged, is currently only 4th on the list! Anyway, it has a great crystal malt base, substantial malty and slightly floral nose; pleasant crispy, clean bitterness, and a short, dry finish. Summer brew extrodinair, and overall great American original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2004
Brilliant golden amber with fine head. Sweet nose of cherry, peach, and some malt. Crisp, dry with light hop finish. Soft creamy mid-palate with a bread like quality. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2004
A sweet fruit aroma. Amber in color with little head. Has some good malt to it. Smooth and sweet feels great to drink. This beer has a good balance to it, I didn't notice overpowering hops or malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mec3437 (54) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Damn right it better be good if I paid $9 for six of them. It was well worth it. Deep amber color, nice head, citrusy flavor. I found it to be a nice beer to relax by the lake with. If you can find it, more power to you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8636) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Bottle. Deep amber color with a big white head. Spicey hop aroma with some citrus and malt backing. Clean and refreshing. There’s some spiciness to it along with a nice crispness. It’s good, balanced, and yet not all that remarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Just had this out of the bottle at Al’s Airport Inn next to Trenton-Mercer Airport. Already had a couple beers of different styles and this was the last one. Might have affected the taste. Very good though, have to try it out again on its own

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Poured a deep amber color with a rapidly dissolving white head. Faint and slightly floral aroma with a nice hop base. Initial taste is slightly floral and citrusy with a hoppy backbone and a smooth hop finish that leaves a slightly citrusy and sweet taste in your mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Orange/amber in color with a large white head that quickly disappeared. Faint hop aroma. Tastes smooth and crisp like a good lager but with a noticeable hop bitterness. Solid, but unremarkable.

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