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RATINGS: 3571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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
SlamminScott (40) - USA - MAY 6, 2003
This was an excellent beer. Definitely had a fruity taste to it. Very good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2003
This is probably one of my favorite american lagers along with Sam Adams. Nice color with slight cloudiness. Aroma is malty and a little hop fragrance. Very smooth on the palate unlike other lagers which have a little more effervescence to them. This was about the only beer on the menu tonight worth having. It's a shame restaurants don't give their beer selection half the attention their wine menus get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 This is perhaps my favorite beer. It has a good smell, and a very malty taste. I was not impressed the first few times I drank an Anchor Steam, however now I have drank alot of it, and I believe it gets better the more times you enjoy one of these. Rerate - yeah its good, but its not as good as it was when I first got hooked on good beer. Still something I will drink anytime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2003
Had this on draught in St. Charles, Illinois. Overrated, but excellent. I actually didn't know what to expect. Appearance of a pale ale with the malty fresh taste of a red. Crystal clear, little head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 28, 2003
The last of a dying breed, California Steam beer. What a concept. Brewing ale with lager yeast. Pours out a deep copper color. Nice head, malty aromas. Pretty fair beer in all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (7803) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 20, 2003
A bit of a disappointment. It's not that good. A special malty aroma, fine light amber color. High level of bitterness in the finish. But my first impression was that something was wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2003
I really enjoy drinking this beer. I never did pour my recent six pack into a glass so I am judging appearance and aroma on memory. Of the macros' this is one I can drink over and over and over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2003
Malty and fruity nose. a little bit cloudy, amber coloured beer. Head doesn't remain. Taste is malty, fruits and a hopbitter/malty finish. Okay brew, not impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
Pleasant, well-made little beer. Hops and malt actually competing in my mouth. Lovely burnt orange color, right amount of carbonation. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2003
Full bodied and malty, mild banana notes. The most notable thing about it is the full creamy body, such a satisfying mouthfeel.

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