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RATINGS: 3772   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 krusening.

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 Franciscos 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 Franciscos original Anchor Steam Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
A very enjoyable beer. Bottle. Poured a nice ruby color. A nice medium white head. Has th smell of something fruity, hints of citrus. Taste is very similar, fruity at first, then ever so slight hop tatse that compliments the beer. Can be enjoyed any time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Tap. Ive had this many a times on tap, from bottle and in many areas. Golden-honey and clear with an offwhite head. Thin lace in rings. Body is medium with a semi-dry finish. Flavor is fruity and mild, pleasant and enjoyable--rather simple (in a nice way). Some yeast presence is notieable. Aroma is light, touch of yeast, malts. Session beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2006
Tasted 27/03/2006. 330ml bottle from Rumbles February shipment. Pours a vivid and lively bronze-amber. Light-tan head, which appears slightly green-tinged, is thick and pillowy. It collapses but holds all the way through the glass. Mild nose, very well-balanced and fresh, suggests caramel, fresh lilies and oranges. In the mouth there are juicy malts and soft water, up front, followed by spicy and citrus hops through the middle. A long, and strongly bitter, lingering citrus and herbal finish begs me to take another sip. Light-medium weight, mildly carbonated, very soft liquor. A truly great beer: complex enough to contemplate over, yet simple enough to enjoy as a session beer with friends (though it is on the expensive side for that).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Pours a great amber color with copper tones. Taste ranged from caramels, maltiness, citrus, to fruitiness and floral hints. I enjoyed this beer start to finish. Great taste throughout the glass even with the complexity of tastes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
Aroma: Floral hop notes and some faint fruitiness Appearance: Amber with a nice white head Flavor: Fabulous (at the right temp) Slightly fruity, caramely malt flavor balanced beautifully with the hop bitterness. Palate: Light, has a distinct bite in the finish and finishes exceptionally clean making begging for the next pint... take that and compare to the big name brands touting clean finish Overall: Despite being ubiquitous, still the archetype... still wonderful. For me the beer is often served too cold for the full effect

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
spish (12) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
have tried this both on tap in California and found it in a bottle here in Toronto. one of the best steam beers out there. smells a bit fruity at first sniff, but the typical characteristics of a steam beer are quickly apparent. slight smell of wet dog, but you can tell its a real beer. finished slightly bitter and tastes better at colder temperatures, in my opinion. overall a very nice beer, even from the bottle! found at the LCBO at Wilson/Dufferin in Toronto.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Amber appearance with white head. Taste overall is pretty good with a fruitness after taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
It had an interesting soy-sauce flavor, but had a good finish to it. I love Anchor Steam! Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 20, 2006
(Bottles. Draft. On Draft at Brewery. you name it!) Anchor is an awesome brew and the standard (love it or hate it) against which all other California Common or team beers must be judged. Floral, but not overpowering hop aromas from the Northern Brewer. A deep, copper appearance with white head. Some crystal malt bite and a definite tannic attack on the back of my palate (not all people get this -- but I ALWAYS get it when drinking an anchor steam ... like a big, chewy red wine gives you). Clean and crisp from the extended lagering profile. A bit yeasty and bready with a slight apple taste/aroma complex. Always enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2006
Amber colour. Little hazy. Off-white head. Sweet taste. Some nuts. Also some kind of spice in flavor. A dry finish.


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