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RATINGS: 3535   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
A strange style. Hops can be detected but dont stand out. Faint aroma, apperance is golden/copper colored. Kind of bland but still not bad. Give it a try anyway!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (30256) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2003
An amber beer with a fine head. The aroma is slightly malty and the flavor is slightly acidic with a soft malty tone. Really a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 12, 2003
mostly malt on the nose with mild black peppery hops. Deep amber color, head left town leaving me with only some off white lace coating the sides of my glass. Starts with pale malty flavors and a watery sour taste i don't really care for. continuous hop presence throughout the beer with a dry finish. A bit of mild late hop bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raymow (1011) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Excellent - but I must qualify that by saying that I had it on tap - which is always better. Great taste, color and aroma - highly recommended!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingevara (848) - SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2003
A semi clear brew with a very tempting bouquet and a nice - not over done - head. The flavor is fruity and a bit too sweet. There could definetely be more hops in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hysteria (38) - USA - MAR 7, 2003
Beautiful yellow/orange slightly cloudy color. Thin head. Light hop nose, pleasant. Nicely balanced taste between hops and malt up front which lingers a while. One of my favorite American beers. If you have the chance, visit the brewery out in San Francisco. Reserve well in advance, they only take about 15 people per day. A very informative tour with lots of free samples at the end. If you like this beer out of the bottle, it's to die for on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2003
very thin head, slightly bitter. The beer gets extra points for the bottle lable. not something I'd go out of my way to buy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Nothing overly impressive about this to me. Coppery color. slight fruit nose. thin mouthfeel. some lingering hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2003
a great hoppy taste matched by its smooth and clean taste. a great rival too seirra nevada's pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2003
Dark copper ... cherry wood colour. Uneven, slightly thinnish head. Sweet aroma, taste ... fruity, some malt, a little bitterness here and there. Thick. Nothing to write home about (and I'm left a bit hollow after waiting so long to try this), but fine sipping beer.

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