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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
i dont think this deserves the bad rating i’ve seen on it i thought it had a refreshing taste and the bitter after taste was mild, an ok beer for the money

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 bland but clean and drinkable - a pizza beer as ravidesai would say. rer8 3.5 years later: clear copper with self-fizzling head. faint aroma of toffee and menthol. tastes like a boiled, pasteurised english bitter, one of the more industrial ones like ruddles county or something. simplistic balance of sticky toffee and a full stop of bitterness. short flavour, with plenty of high-alpha piney resin that i’m not keen on. hard mouthfeel. not very pleasant - rough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 7, 2002
i had quite an old bottle from bert’s bierhuis in utrecht and figured it must have lost a lot of its flavout but judging by what people say it sounds like it probably didn’t have much to start with

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
This wasnt that bad. I had one after drinking the king of beers(Sammy Smith’s Oatmeal Stout) so this prob isnt going to get a fair rating. Some hop presence, amber in color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2002
Nice dry, hoppy and bitter brew. Very clean and complex. Pretty refreshing and fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2002
pours beautiful deep amber with an off white head. slightly perfumy, malty nose. good balance of fruitiness and sharpness in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 Re-Rate: Smells hoppy and fruity. A nice amber color. small head, fair lacing. Flavor is very malty, medium hops, and a nice dry finish. Nice mouthfeel. A bit creamy. I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rhino (57) - USA - OCT 31, 2002

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
pympynaynteazy99 (31) - South San Jose, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Yuch! I can’t stand this stuff. Should only be served in dive bars to people that wouldn’t know a good beer if it was smashed over their head.

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