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RATINGS: 3674   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2003
I used to love this beer, and at one point it may have been one of the finest American craft beers. It certainly was the best craft beer I could find back east. It is still good but there is so much more competition now. Malt and hops, sweet, with a bitter finish. Beautiful copper color, good hear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Fond memories of this beer. One of the few good beers in California that was available in the past. Malty aroma with caramel and hops. Copper amber color with a light head. Hoppy flavor with a caramel, honey sweetness and malty backbone. Bitter aftertaste. Slight creaminess, medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Goes well with quite a few seafood dishes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Headmint (5) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - FEB 11, 2003 does not count
A great beer. Complex without being neurotic. Great amber color, small but persistant head. Aroma seems to be a bit subdued but that could be just me, having had a few other beers earlier. A good beer to make a commitment to...ie, more than just one or two. Reading the comments I see that many are after something a bit more pretentious ( to my reckoning), but, folks, this is just beer. Good beer :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Beautiful crystal clear amber color with a nice white head. Lagerish aroma to me...burnt wood, slight hops bitterness. The flavor was malty and bitter, but really quite bland. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Has some brown sugar notes hiding beneath the tart hoppy aroma - sour apple and malts. Bright reddish-amber clear with thin white head. Medium carb that burns the tongue and medium watery body. Has very little sweetness to it but good malt contribution along with the kick of hops. Pretty decent beery flavor with a rounded bitter finish. Dry. I liked this beer, but I think it gets a little too much hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Nice hops, and nice crisp taste. I thought drinking while eating food brought out even more flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2003
First had this on the recommendation of a friend prior to my Ratebeer days. I was very satisfied with the choice and have continued to be with almost all the Anchor brews I've tried. Good hop aroma, and medium body makes for a good beer to have over typical macros.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Gets points for historical significance. It has a fine balance between hops and malts. It's got a nice finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Medium red color is actually quite attractive. Spotty lacing and lackluster head. Creamy, if a bit watery. Spunky carbonation. Mild in flavor but well balanced. Malty, green apples up front. A bit of hops in the finish. A reserved but well made session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
On tap. Standard copper color. Average nose. Pretty smooth and a touch bitter. Light in the hops department.

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