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RATINGS: 3495   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2003
I really enjoy drinking this beer. I never did pour my recent six pack into a glass so I am judging appearance and aroma on memory. Of the macros' this is one I can drink over and over and over.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4724) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2003
Malty and fruity nose. a little bit cloudy, amber coloured beer. Head doesn't remain. Taste is malty, fruits and a hopbitter/malty finish. Okay brew, not impressive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2003
Pleasant, well-made little beer. Hops and malt actually competing in my mouth. Lovely burnt orange color, right amount of carbonation. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2003
Full bodied and malty, mild banana notes. The most notable thing about it is the full creamy body, such a satisfying mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Very pleasant color and bubbly head. Flavor is pronounced and full. Light-medium body fits flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2003
This beer has a surprisingly good aroma. It pours with a thick head that dies down quickly and leaves a nice lace on the glass. The taste is slightly hoppy and enjoyable. I would recommend trying this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (641) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2003
lightly hopped nose, bronze in colour with a good head, well balanced with malts and hops, nice warm finish, enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2003
Light hoppy flower aroma. Copper hue with off white head. Very light carbonation. Grassy flower hopped taste. Long dry/bitter finish. Another solid ale from Anchor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2003
The aroma is malty with some light fruitiness and woody notes form the Northern Brewer hops. It is a fairly clear amber with a creamy head. The flavor has a clean maltiness, a little caramel, a pronounced bitterness and some woodiness in the finish. The body is medium and overall it is a refreshing beer.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2003
I love this beer. The hops hit you when you aren't expecting and the aftertaste is great.


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