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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2002
Amber in colour with a floral, fruity aroma. Has a really dry finish to it. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Re-Rate 05/18/02: Clear amber color, nice beige head and decent lace. Nose is malt, slightly floral, front is malt, the top light, the finish is crisp, slightly dry, fair hop bite, and a very drinkable beer, unfortunately I sample only rarely?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
An awesome brew.Creamy and rich with complex flavors.It’s perfectly hopped and just a great sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 13, 2002
Complex , pleasant and not to heavy aroma , that remninds me gardens of my ’great-granpa’ ... Decent look but not above average . Taste as good as it smells . Creamy , so refreshing , good balance of hops and other ingredients .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Always a good safety beer,not overpowering on any account,but satifying and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
I shared the soda keg with funk and I could NOT believe how good it was. It is floral and hoppy with almost a banana-like finish to it that makes it unreal. It will also fuck you up beyond belief if you split a soda keg of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2003 After trying so many other beers from so many other styles, I have to knock this one down a few notches. Still a "sentimental" favorite, it just can not match the complexity of the Belgian Ales I've come to know and love! One of my all time favorites. This is a must with clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at pier 39 in San Francisco! Being from the Bay Area, it's a great taste of home to have this when far away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11908) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
A good beer, but one of the more overrated ones. Decent aroma and flavor, with malt barely outshining hops. Nice amber body with good head. As between the flagships of the two big Cali micros, give me Sierra every time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olympian (107) - USA - APR 28, 2002
Let me say from the outset that this is a GOOD beer. But it disappointed me a bit, probably because I recently tried Anchor’s magnificent ’Liberty Ale’. The first mouthful of this - and the second, third, and fourth - shouted ’CARAMEL’. That’ perfectly normal in an amber/dark beer, but it’s too prominent here. Nose is quite floral (Cascade?) Still, if all mainstream American beer was like this, we’d live in a better world. This is, absolutely, a ’real’ beer. Just not as good as I’d hoped it would be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2002
A nice, easy drinking beer. Thought i’d give it a go as the description made it sound so unique. Quite highly carbonated, and light in colour. Was ok.

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