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RATINGS: 3442   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Good if oyu like budweiser, I don’t.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Meh...sorta bitter, strange sent, bought it because I read the 1899 novel, McTeague who drinks steam beer. What the hell is steam beer?!?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5411) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Rerate: tap and bottled. Bit citrussy hop, slight sulphury. Medium bitter in taste. Decent refreshing brew. The sulphury keller notes give it some extra dimension. Funny original rating from 2002: How can this stuff score over 3.0? All those english/american standards are really heavily overrated. Sample some belgian brews, and you know what real beer tastes like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 2, 2002
A very good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jerohen (2044) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002
Really good stuff, this really is a classic beer and perhaps an American style. I think I need a Steam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gpack4099 (1) - E. Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
Very tasty, nice balance of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2002
Very sweet. Will buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2002
This was a swell beer. Had the color of kerosene, but flavor is what we should be after essentially. Very clean, crisp, right amount of head and carbonation. Good beer, left a bitter aftertaste that was soon replaced with the impression of almonds in your face portal. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 This is a great, underrated beer. It has a light lagery feel but with a burst of sweet banana and fruity flavors. It doesn't exude flavor like many "top beers," but it is well balanced and easy to drink with food. ( Rerate but numbers stay the same).

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