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RATINGS: 3714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2004
dark copper colored beer, is this a lager with high fermentation? It's nice in taste, easy going, could replace any amber beer in Europe. Nice malts at first and long aftertaste of hopps and yeast. When you serve the beer a little warmer than lager it's even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2004
I don't believe I've ever had a poorly made beer from Anchor. Apples and malt is the theme in this one. Orange colored with a hint of apples and malt in the nose. Smooth but somewhat light on the palate with the apple and malt flavors dominating. Easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Deep gold. Nose is very malty, but of hops. Rather harsh flavor, has a vaguely skunked lagerish character to it. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Poured orange, very interesting. Very malty, some hops included to keep things interesting. Fruits present, apples. A very drinkable lager for, for a stout man like me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004 does not count
Very nice "every day" beer. The color and aroma were nice and the alcohol level was good but not noticable. A fair amount of hops and malt and altogether out of the general american beer class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2004
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one, but I was very impressed. A pleasing orange colour, with a small white head. Very well balanced between the hops and the malt. Finished nice and clean too. Would be a good "everyday" type of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Clear amber orange with a small frothy white lace leaving head. Doesn't smell very strong, but nice and balanced, a little grapefruity hoppishness, with some flowery sweetness. Taste is somewhat fruity and malty, good bitterness too, mostly bitter finish. Crisp and pleasing mouthfeel. Nice refresher of a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Nice finish, but not much head. I will buy this beer again. I prefer my beer to be heavier when this bitter. This is a lighter feeling beer with a bitter flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Dark amber very fizzy beer, but with little head. Taste is very dry and bitter, but a hint of cherries somewhere in there.Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.3. Average unaltered

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Extra cool point for consuming this while riding around on a yacht in San Francisco Bay, on the company dime. Light amber orange appearance, slight hop aroma. Flavor was clean, mild, with a bit of hops. Decent, not special, but still a classic no matter what. RERATE: 3/21/2010 - had this again for the first time in a little while as part of a BJCP training session - my usual complaint about Anchor Steam - if this is supposed to be a "showcase" for the Northern Brewer hop, why are the woodsy and minty notes so muted? The hops are there, but just not that up front. Still mildly annoyed with Anchor for trademarking "steam." Score remains the same.

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