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RATINGS: 3575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Bottled: bronze coloured with loads of fizz rushing to fill the gaps in the thin patchy head. Thick chewy malt aroma that coats the nostrils. Pretty good bitterness - on the pine tree side, and a wet malty finish. Not exactly doing much for me, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 20, 2003
pours a really good looking red/orange with a healthy white head and some lace. Well balanced bitter hoppiness. not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2003
22 oz. bottle. Pours a big foamy head atop an amber body. First sips are sweet without being cloying (shouldn't have been eating chocolates beforehand, though). There's a slight impression of pear nectar. A bitter hop taste in the back of the mouth mars an otherwise clean finish (or enhances it, as your preference may be). Midway through, I get a more hearty hoppy smell and taste, ending with a more malty profile as it warms. This does have the signs of being a "frontier" beer with its slightly rough hop profile, but a great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeprck (24) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Looks great in the glass. Thin head, good lacing. Starts sweet, malty; finishes hoppy and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours nicely, beautiful color although there isn't much head.A deep gold colored brew, with a sweet taste of malt, caramel or honey, and a fruity aftertaste that is nicely bitter. I truly enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours a reddish gold. Malt and caramel in the nose. Malty flavors, with hints of nuts. Real nice palate. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimmydoug (32) - Operation Joint Forge, USA - SEP 8, 2003
This is trendy beer that your are supposed to just fall in love with. I found it to be a bit bitter with a not too clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1577) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Amber appearance with a medium size head. Somewhat fruity aroma blended in with the malt. Noticed a bit of spice in the mellow, malty taste. Moderate amount of bitterness. Decent floral finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evilpsych (34) - USA - SEP 2, 2003
very decent brew, not sure i'd drink it in any real quantity though. Good with peanuts, or maybe chips and salsa. hoppy with a hint of malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ppcpilot (21) - Port Allen, Louisiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Sampled this draft at The Chimes. Not much head after it got to my table, but it was very bubbly to the tongue. Really pretty shade of amber/copper. Aroma almost non-existant. Kinda sweet smelling like Kool-Aid. Taste is very good, definate caramel touches. Reminded me a lot of Bass. I'd like to try those two side by side. A little watery overall; was expecting something with more body.

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