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RATINGS: 3439   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.


1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002
Maybe I got a bad batch, but to me this is overpriced swill.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2002
This IS steam beer. If you’re a fan of the style, this is it. Besides that, it’s very tasty. Medium bodied, sharp, and clean. I’m not familiar with the intricacies of brewing, but there’s a distinct difference between regular lagers and steam beer. Steam beer tastes more robust and "wetter". One of my summertime through autumn favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Has a darker amber color and a strong taste with a light fruity taste. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and fruitiness. Overall not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbrock81 (309) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2002
A decent beer. Not too hard to drink, maybe a bit strong on the first sip. Quite full-flavored.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2002
This is a good kind of everyday beer, which is a good thing! It is easy to drink. Has a nice full flavor, that is mildly hoppy. Very crisp. The mouthfeel is sort of medium, not really watery, but not thick either. Very good poured from a bottle or from draught.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Light brown color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice malt sweetness, balanced by a nice hop spiciness. Mild taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is very full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A simple well made beer. Classic style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Excellent beer with a good flavor. Smooth and well balanced. Not as good as the Liberty Ale or Anchor porter though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Light amber color, minimal head that doesn’t stick around long. Hoppy. Hints of coffee, especially in immediate aftertaste. Very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Orange color, slight malt smell, with a nice blending of both malt and hops in the taste. An interesting beer that I’d like to try again sometime.


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