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RATINGS: 3341   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 To me, the aroma says it all. And then when you get into it, a malty grainy palate that sort of melts on the tongue. Smooth dryish finish. Take it out of the frig a few minutes before enjoying this classic. It's a keeper!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 24, 2002
A very floral beer with a good dosing of malt chewiness. A great drinking beer but far too expensive for what it is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2002
Great hop taste and aroma, with a strange finish. Worth trying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2002
I liked this beer. Good floral hop tones without being bitter. Very smooth. Not overly flavourful, but enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2002
Overall, a decent beer, it has some interesting flavors, a definate wheat and floral presence.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2002
One of my favorites. My first micro, tried first around 1980. Beautiful appearance, burnt yellow-orange color with a great head. Has a unique taste that is not available in any other beer. Tastes completely different on tap though, and I do not really like it draft.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2002
it’s an o.k. amber. crisp, drinkable, but not my favorite.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Nice aroma and o.k. in the hop department. It’s a rather bland looking color with little to no head (absolutley no retention) but there’s nothing offensive about it. O.K. in my book.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
themorningzoo (49) - Fairbanks, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Being in Alaska and trying Anchor Steam for the first time in years could effect my judgement, but I love this beer. It had great color and clarity along with a smooth but bity aftertaste. Overall it was very enjoyable experience again.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HeyBeerMan991980 (42) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2002
Disappointing. Not bad for generic tasting beer, Slight chemical taste. Pretty mediocre, though smooth.


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