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RATINGS: 3497   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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2002
I wasent very impressed , on bottle it said it had a head???? where is it?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mimsy (8) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2002 does not count
I find this quite nice on a Sunday Afternoon watching football. Very nice taste. Great for Bottled beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
naes66699 (18) - USA - APR 23, 2002
this is a GREAT beer.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - APR 20, 2002
I agree with Bruce, I coulda thought it was a budweiser except for the finish. Too fizzy, and that does it for complaints except for overpriced, not a bad beer, but not a good beer. I did like the bottle it came in. Would not buy again.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - APR 20, 2002
Very disapointed with this beer for what it costs. Tasted like a hoppy budweiser. It was just totally lacking in flavor and imagination. I was almost in disbelief that a beer this average could be so overhyped and overpriced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3190) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2002
I’m not a big lager fan, but after reading about how this beer was made to gain some ale qualities, I was impressed. Much more complexity than a typical lager. It was not too much bitterness. I’d like to try some other beers in the style to see if it’s really a good style.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2003 Pretty nice beer. A little too much fizz for me though. Nice coloring and head though. Not my favorite, but I'd buy another six pack. Update: I had the distinct pleasure of trying this beer again on tap in San Francisco. The head was most glorious in the pitcher and the flavors and aroma's much more prominent. Better on draft.

3.4
   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.

3.8
   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.


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