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RATINGS: 3400   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
psark (54) - Binghamton, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 There is something about this beer which keeps me coming back. The fine balance between a lager and ale. The simplicity of the Northern Brewer hops sitting on the firm malt base. A beer to drink on a rainy day.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Richard73 (37) - St Albans, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2001
Nice Hoppy flavour, the bitterness is just right

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2001
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 A decent all-around beer with a little hoppiness and OK mouthfeel, best served ice cold.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shorlin (665) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 25, 2001
Deep red-amber. Mild nose. Rich and a little malty. Smooth going down. Entriely drinkable!

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
berlot99 (17) - USA - SEP 24, 2001
This was a very harsh tasting brew. It was very bitter tasting with too much hoppiness. It was strong and I was unimpressed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - SEP 23, 2001
Straw colored beer with a white head. nice floral aroma. Nice hoppy flavor. Yum!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 23, 2001
good for the price.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2001
A bit thin. Decent but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gonzimodo99 (26) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2001
Nice, drinkable beer that feels lighter than it really is.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elfez99 (2) - USA - SEP 16, 2001 does not count
As delectable as the city it comes from. I was just ’stranded’ in SF as a result of the tragedies and it cerainly helped cope.


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