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RATINGS: 3412   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Dull, mildly hoppy aroma. Light copper body and fluffy head. Moderately bitter with a small amount of malty sweetness. It transistions well and does have a cleaner finish than most beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2003
At first it seems very simple and somewhat boring, but after a while I began to notice there’s something else to this. Some caramel, very subtle hops. A little metallic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2003 Nice bronze color. Tan head. Hops/malt perfectly balanced. Goes with nearly any meal that a beer can go with. True, it isn't exotic. It just a solid, great BEER!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2003
SLight hop aroma. Subtle citrus flavor among the malt and hops in the body. Finishes slightly dry. A good session brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nobackwash (10) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
I like this brew with seafood. It has tradition and a unique brewing process that makes it an interesting choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 I read once that the guy in charge of this brewery didn't much care for people he didn't know rating his beer. Well too bad, I sure as hell am not flying down to San Fran to introduce myself to the bastard. Well, he doesn't make a bad beer though. This is smack dab in the middle of the road: kinda malty, kinda hoppy...allright I lied, there's a hell of a lot more malt than hops. Actually now that I think of it, this may even be a bit unbalanced, I guess my impression is just that this is an average beer. Nice and warm and filling, but sweet and cloying and distracting. I feel like I should have this in one hand and a Sierra Nevada Pale in the other to wash down the malt. Get lost in a steamy anchor today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Very good beer that pours well, drinks better with hoppy bitterness and a clean and refreshing finish. Citrusy, fruity overtones.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
On Tap. Good appearance, not much nose at all, not really much flavor either - actually quite dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Semi sweet, dry finish, bronze color, lace thin, good head. Enough of this- It tastes, smells and looks great.

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