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RATINGS: 3628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Clear amber orange with a small frothy white lace leaving head. Doesn't smell very strong, but nice and balanced, a little grapefruity hoppishness, with some flowery sweetness. Taste is somewhat fruity and malty, good bitterness too, mostly bitter finish. Crisp and pleasing mouthfeel. Nice refresher of a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintocb (648) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Nice finish, but not much head. I will buy this beer again. I prefer my beer to be heavier when this bitter. This is a lighter feeling beer with a bitter flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Dark amber very fizzy beer, but with little head. Taste is very dry and bitter, but a hint of cherries somewhere in there.Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.3. Average unaltered

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Extra cool point for consuming this while riding around on a yacht in San Francisco Bay, on the company dime. Light amber orange appearance, slight hop aroma. Flavor was clean, mild, with a bit of hops. Decent, not special, but still a classic no matter what. RERATE: 3/21/2010 - had this again for the first time in a little while as part of a BJCP training session - my usual complaint about Anchor Steam - if this is supposed to be a "showcase" for the Northern Brewer hop, why are the woodsy and minty notes so muted? The hops are there, but just not that up front. Still mildly annoyed with Anchor for trademarking "steam." Score remains the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
Amber beer, with a small, off-white head. Aroma is of floral hops, though is restrained. Nicely balanced flavour, clean, simple, not overly hoppy. Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not bad. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12200) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Lovely red amber body with a short lived creamy head. Strong malt aroma with a hint of hops too. Excellent ready malt flavour with hop character and a firm bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Nothing too fancy here, just a smooth and easy drinking beer. Light hop flavor and subdued malt makes it a perfect anytime drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Cloudy orange-red with nice, but short lasting head. Sweet, wort-like aroma. Smooth, soft, malty, bitter-dry. Has lots of taste and body considering ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
For its historical value alone, this has to get some respect. As a beer, it's nothing special these days, but its uniqueness is intriguing. Nice crisp taste, good hop flavor and a good session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
he first thing I think of when I taste this beer is, well, Bass Ale. I no longer drink Bass because of all the other beers on the market which taste much better. Still, a decent pale ale with a good hop bite. Something which goes well with a steak or other strong meat dishes. A good base for black & tan if you don't have bass.

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