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RATINGS: 3679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hysteria (38) - USA - MAR 7, 2003
Beautiful yellow/orange slightly cloudy color. Thin head. Light hop nose, pleasant. Nicely balanced taste between hops and malt up front which lingers a while. One of my favorite American beers. If you have the chance, visit the brewery out in San Francisco. Reserve well in advance, they only take about 15 people per day. A very informative tour with lots of free samples at the end. If you like this beer out of the bottle, it's to die for on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2003
very thin head, slightly bitter. The beer gets extra points for the bottle lable. not something I'd go out of my way to buy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Nothing overly impressive about this to me. Coppery color. slight fruit nose. thin mouthfeel. some lingering hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2003
a great hoppy taste matched by its smooth and clean taste. a great rival too seirra nevada's pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2003
Dark copper ... cherry wood colour. Uneven, slightly thinnish head. Sweet aroma, taste ... fruity, some malt, a little bitterness here and there. Thick. Nothing to write home about (and I'm left a bit hollow after waiting so long to try this), but fine sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jurgen (7) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2003 does not count
Hey, I don't drink enough beer to worry about the price. Clean, smooth, flavorful, not overpowering, nice mildly bitter finish. An excellent and well-balanced beer. Not overly complex, but so what?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Reddish amber body, small white head. Flavor is somewhat bland, with a bitter note. Not impressive at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2871) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Small head, nice amber color. Malty taste with a nice hoppy finish to balance it out. One of my favorite beers. Used to have to go to California to enjoy. How times have changed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
While a little, expensive, I enjoyed this beer. Medium to small head with a cloudy appearance. Very well balanced and smooth drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2003
A smooth crisp beer, with a nice copper color, and a very nice head with a sweet smooth taste and nice fruit aroma.

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