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RATINGS: 3690   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (2007) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $1.39 for a 12-oz single. Medium amber in color, small head. Smell is nothing appetizing- but not bad. Slight caramel, mixed in with the smell of a beer tent at a fair or carnival. Bitter bite, without a doubt, one that leaves a funky aftertaste, like the taste of your fingers if you've been counting money. No major flavors jump out at me. Decent, but I most likely would not drink it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Very clean, malty, smooth, dry beer. Definitely better on draught than out of the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
A rather curious beer, this one, to an English palate. Deepish amber colour. Subtle hops, but nothing very assertive in the aroma. Quite hoppy flavour, but not as zingy as it might be. Some bitterness too ut, in all honesty, I didn't find anything too exciting going on on the palate. Finsihes clean. Quite pleasant, and easily drinkable, but overall this comes over as rather thin and a bit one-dimensional. Not my favourite Anchor beer. Bottled (355ml).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Very tasty with a good amber color and nice head. Was served in a warm glass that wiped out the head but did help with flavor as opposed to a chilled mug.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Sparkling clear amber ale with a nice, beige head and good lacing. Good and malty. Well-hopped. Good balance. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, bitter, crisp finish. The prototype for a lot of great, hoppy, left coast beers. For that, I thank Anchor. Otherwise, it's a fairly boring beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
definite hops aroma, but there's also a fresh smell that's hard to describe; medium amber color - a little too thin; medium dry taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Fairly nice darker golden/amber in colour. Thin whitish head with not so great lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly hops and same with the taste. Hops is just about all I get. I would prefer more malts outa this but not bad overall

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 (Bottled) Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Caramely-malty, sweetish and buttery toffee aroma with raisins. Caramely-malty, slightly smoky and sweet flavor with a steady, bitter hoppiness in the background. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with balanced carbonation. An easily drinkable, easily hopped ale. Not bad, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 This is a very balanced brew. It pours a nice golden amber with a wonderfully lasting white creamy head. The nose is rather yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is average. The tastes are vibrant and floral. Perhaps there are strawberries in there. There’s a mild bitterness that lingers throughout the palate, but the hint of roastiness makes this beer a top contender in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008
Pours a nice bronze body with a tall head. The aroma is of caramel and very light notes are a bit woodsy. The malts dominate the flavor. Its richly fruity, caramel, and slightly nutty flavor are accented by a slight citrus-zest-like hop presence in the finish. Notes of apricot and plums linger also among the finish... session beer at it’s best!

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