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RATINGS: 3680   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2003
A smooth crisp beer, with a nice copper color, and a very nice head with a sweet smooth taste and nice fruit aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Nice, well-balanced brew. Very malty, deep rich color and aroma, with a little hops to even it out. Very sweet and robust, cloying and thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- deep amber color, good aroma, flavor is fruity, slightly bitter but not overpowering

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Pour a nice medium to dark amber, with a small head. Aromas were malty, and tastes were like sweet bread, perhaps honey loaf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Amber with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor of malt, bread and hops. Reminds me of Pizza Hut breadsticks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2/16/03: bottle. good amount of off- white head. light, golden- amber colour. honey and hops to the taste. nice and refreshing.

   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.

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