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RATINGS: 3714   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Aroma was slightly hoppy but not much there. Taste is alright, but nothing out of the ordinary, slightly bitter towards the end. All in all a decent beer but nothing to rave about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Not quite what I was expecting. Taste like a regular beer, but of a higher quality. Not a lot of flavor, but worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2004
"A clean tasting beer with floral hop aroma." I only can add that it always amazes me how the distinct hops show thier differences in the start vs. the finish. "She’s Crafty"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chispito (21) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Bottle. Perfectly transparent color that actually reminds me of the bottle, if a little lighter. Sudsy head requires maintenance swirling periodically. Overall, it’s not bad looking, but it’s not striking either. Don’t know which nose isn’t working, the beer’s or mine, but I’m not getting much of anything. Flavour: citrus hops, caramel sweetness, more hops to finish and a hop aftertaste. But none of this is really overpowering, so I’d say it’s more of a tasty swill than something to be savored. Very inoffensive beer, especially for a lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
Hazelnut brown. Steady medium brown head, lace. Aroma of prunes and berries. Bitter, hoppy and some sweetness. Oily and slightly hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Tap: Pours amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is bread, slightly fruity, hoppy, fruit. Nice mild, drinkable flavor with bitter balanced by the malt to give it a slightly overall bitter flavor that is very drinkable. Worth trying on tap anytime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
Bottled. A little fruity but not much else going on. Not a great beer at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
This pours amber with a creamy head. Aroma of fresh baked bread, bitter hops, and fruit. Flavor is crisp, hoppy and mild. This is smooth and easy drinking. Lace all along the glass. Overall, another fine brew from anchor!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
Bottled. No head on this, clear amber-brown body but it was the slightly stale aroma that was off-putting. Redeemed by an attractive hoppy taste with a real crunch to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice golden brown - or is it brownish gold? Decent foamy head that lasts a while. Classic, slightly sour aroma. Nice carbonation and a mild flavour with the taste of hops and a lingering bitterness. Decent mouthfeel. All in all, a really nice quencher on a hot day. A great beer for quaffing with quality.

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