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RATINGS: 3351   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2002
On tap, this beer is a reliable, very drinkable brew. Nicely balanced w. hoppiness being slightly dominant. Golden color, floral aroma, refreshing with just a touch of sourness, lurking in the backgound. Decent in the bottle but draft is best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1665) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2002
A not too bad beer. A bit thin for my taste. A presence of malt, and a little alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Stumbled upon this beer by accident, a good suprise. A smooth tasty beer that I would have again.Re-rate 5/24/02 Very malty aroma, dark dark a orange appearance. Lacey white head that lasted. Palate is watery and malty. Middle is smooth, and it finishes smooth, dry, and malty. I feel exactly the same what about this brew as I did before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Good solid American brew. Very rich head that lasts longer than expected. Nice taste (nothing surprising just solid). Much better than the porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2002
Amber in colour with a floral, fruity aroma. Has a really dry finish to it. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Re-Rate 05/18/02: Clear amber color, nice beige head and decent lace. Nose is malt, slightly floral, front is malt, the top light, the finish is crisp, slightly dry, fair hop bite, and a very drinkable beer, unfortunately I sample only rarely?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
An awesome brew.Creamy and rich with complex flavors.It’s perfectly hopped and just a great sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 13, 2002
Complex , pleasant and not to heavy aroma , that remninds me gardens of my ’great-granpa’ ... Decent look but not above average . Taste as good as it smells . Creamy , so refreshing , good balance of hops and other ingredients .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Always a good safety beer,not overpowering on any account,but satifying and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
I shared the soda keg with funk and I could NOT believe how good it was. It is floral and hoppy with almost a banana-like finish to it that makes it unreal. It will also fuck you up beyond belief if you split a soda keg of it.

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