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RATINGS: 3495   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
I found this to be...lets just say pretty wicked and rogue to be polite. The aroma was practically non-apparent...with hints of malt, something vageuly fruity, and yeast being apparent. The head was very mild...1/8 inch at most and more frothy than anything, it really had no effect on this steam beer. The Steam Beer poured a very plain orange...its strange and hard to describe..it literally was just orange, even with the light exposing those pulsating carbonated bubbles. The taste was something i could have done without though...very mild malt, a ton of carbonation, and one hell of a bitter pounding for the ages on the tongue by these wicked hops...and not a pretty one may i add. It was like leather, and heineken and miller geunine draft collided into making this. Not pretty at all. It was highly acidic, way over carbonated, and the aftertaste far too strong to merit such a high rating as this. Im not very impressed and see no reason to head back to this one again...at least there are still two other steam beers left to try...Sleeman and Barbary Coast, here i come!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
Very pale yellow head with a beautiful amber-copper body. Pours with a nice aroma of malt and fruit. Very little aftertaste. Nice brew! I look forward to trying their lager...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
I like the way the round, almost fruity-sweet malt is accompanied by a gentler hops style than I expect following Sean around through western brews. I enjoyed drinking this alot - we had it to celebrate the closing on our new house a few months back, so it stands out to be sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Draught. Interesting aroma--has a strange smell intermixed with hop aroma. Nice semi-dark appearance, too. Strong bitter taste. Balanced malt, but bitter off flavor ruins the finish. Very bad on the alconomic scale--but only 3$ on draught special so i tried and rated it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2002
I had this on draft and I have to be honest. I wrote the ratings on a napkin and didn’t take any further notes. Until I sample further.......my ratings stand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Always difficult to rate the standards ... there is a tendency to overrate knowing the history. A wonderful malt and hoppy nose is belied with a beautiful amber-brown color. A little maltier than (what has become) the standard American pale ale. The lager yeast is evident and stands out for its unusual warm spiciness ... due to fermentation. Not my favorite beer, but still, a classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Draft in SanFran. Distinct clean bitterness up front. Slightly wheaty. Mild floral/herbal hops. Very good and easy drinking. Refreshing. Morning beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Nice malty taste and aroma, grainy and also hoppy. Golden amber body. Was once one of my favorite american beers, before I tried óthers - the tour in the Brewer in San Francisco must have something to do with that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Good mouthfeel & sweet creamy finish. Very drinkable beer, which is good because it’s pretty widely available, including at tons of bars.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 Pleasant toasty malt aroma. Some fruit flavors: prunes and grapes. Dry, astringent finish. I wasn’t particularly impressed with this beer, especially considering the exorbitant price.

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