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RATINGS: 3377   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2002
I suppose we owe some thanks to this beer for getting the whole revolution started. Sadly, and like many other raters, I’ve never found this one lives up to its reputation. I found the flavor profile caramelly in a sort of stingy way, with hard notes which never resolved. Not one of my favorites, but happy that it turns so many on to good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - OCT 6, 2002
WOW - Increadibly great texture. Good amber taste. Lots of sweet aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2002
Solid brew. Hoppy enough. On tap a the attic watchin a dead tribute band. Good times :)

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Nice hops, dry, lacking in malt and character. Light quickly disappearing head. Solid drinking beer but nothing stands out.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
The color is a bright amber brown topped with a medium thick head. the aroma is slightly sweet with malt and underlined with hops. the flavor is malty sweet turning woody and hoppy in the middle and finishing with a mellow dry hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2002
In my notes I wrote down ’what’s the big deal about this beer?’ The enduring bitterness and curious flavors make this a step up on most American swill--perhaps the key to its popularity--but overall I wasn’t turned on to this. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
a rarity in brewing...by far one of the best mmicrobrews ever.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002
Maybe I got a bad batch, but to me this is overpriced swill.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2002
This IS steam beer. If you’re a fan of the style, this is it. Besides that, it’s very tasty. Medium bodied, sharp, and clean. I’m not familiar with the intricacies of brewing, but there’s a distinct difference between regular lagers and steam beer. Steam beer tastes more robust and "wetter". One of my summertime through autumn favorites.


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