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RATINGS: 3573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Excellent beer with a good flavor. Smooth and well balanced. Not as good as the Liberty Ale or Anchor porter though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Light amber color, minimal head that doesn’t stick around long. Hoppy. Hints of coffee, especially in immediate aftertaste. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Orange color, slight malt smell, with a nice blending of both malt and hops in the taste. An interesting beer that I’d like to try again sometime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
This a nice beer with full flavour. It is malty and somewhat fruity and a little hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Such a great, full flavor. There is a sweetness to the finish, and I don’t think it’s too hoppy at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Aroma is not memorable, hints of wheat and rye. Quickly disappating head, otherwise attractive aesthetically. Very solid, medium malt; more full-bodied than I recall from prior tastings quite some time ago. Very good going down; has a good bite but still easy drinking. Great session brew! Finally, AS gets kudos for its use of a uniquely shaped bottle and attractive labeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2002
This beer pours with a nice creamy head with a lot of lacing. This beer is the perfect example of combining malt and hops. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
It tastes more like a lager. It is a little high on the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
achtungpv (238) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Finally tried it after hearing wonderful things about it. Didn’t go down smooth at all. Gave me that hacking palete feeling. Maybe it hadn’t traveled well and was on the shelf too long or something. I’ll have try it ’fresh’ next time i visit the inlaws in san francisco. jesus, the hell i will put up with for a good beer.

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