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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2002
Nice mild flavor and finish. Very well balanced and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2002
Smooth and balanced with the right amount of hops. Refreshing, I enjoyed this one. Good overall flavor that went well with the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
I have a penchant for hops, and this beer both teases and satisfies me. I really enjoy it, but I can take it for granted, since the flavor and palate are both so smooth and balanced. It’s an inviting and accessible beer that seems to work for just about everybody, and its quality and consistency seem virtually unrivaled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
A beautiful looking and smelling beer. The flavour doesn’t quite stand up to that initial expectation, but it’s quite good. I’ve only had it bottled, but I enjoy it very much especially with bar food as the hops really cut through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2002
This is a good beer. I am only able to find it at two places in my area. I really want to try the Foghorn Ale though. Overall, this was a plesant beer, and went well with dinner.*update- After trying these a bit more, I am begining to find the Anchor beers to have a bit to much of a hops bite to them. They are supposed to be that way, but I like a smoother tasting beer with less hoppy bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2002
very good beer,very fresh,nice head,somewhat heavy after a few.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NickB99 (6) - USA - MAR 30, 2002 does not count
i had this one a long time ago, but i remember good things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2002
Ale or Lager? Lager or Ale? Whatever it is, I’ll have another one. Malty, with agressive hop finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 To me, the aroma says it all. And then when you get into it, a malty grainy palate that sort of melts on the tongue. Smooth dryish finish. Take it out of the frig a few minutes before enjoying this classic. It's a keeper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 24, 2002
A very floral beer with a good dosing of malt chewiness. A great drinking beer but far too expensive for what it is.

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