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RATINGS: 3747   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 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.

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ZaRue (11) - Laguna Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottled. A medium to light bodied and full flavored amber beer. A slight mineral flavor adds to this beer’s mild aroma and its full flavor. I say full Steam ahead! A good choice in beer.

3.1
vyvvy (6468) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours a clear copper color with a white head that has nice retention. Lots of carbonation Aroma is incredibly light - some maltiness, lightly sweet with a touch of caramel. Rough grainy malt flavor & fairly dry with some nuttiness. The finish is dry and hoppy. The beer is okay - it does seem they like there beer a bit much with the price they charge.

3.4
jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2006
The most noticable qualitty of this beer is its slight sweet maltiness on top of the hops and dry finish. Amber color with nice off-white head that quickly receeds to the rim. Malty aroma with hints of floral hops. The flavor leans toward an ale-like sweet fruitiness. Crisp finish. Nice carbonation. Enjoyable.

4.9
PopeGelasius3 (54) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
A wonderfully rich and flavorful beer. Tastes nice and toasty with hints of caramel and hoppiness. Nice color too. A must with a big basket of fish and chips!

3.7
MonsterMash (58) - North Tonowanda, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
A classic. Extremely drinkable with nice fruity hop flavor. Not complex but very tasty.

3.2
Quevillon (3089) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Couleur rousse avec un petit collet qui meure vite. Arome super légé, un peu sucré. Goût un peu amère et sucré. J’était content de la boire, c’est un style que je trouvais spécial, sans l’avoir esseiller.

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LDawg (72) - Rockport, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2006
04apr06 six bottle for 7$. Off white head. carbonation taste w hops. Nothing special but still very drinkable. Has solid body and finish.

3.4
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 4, 2006
This has become a standard for me. Easy to find throughout California. Very Drinkable.

3.2
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice golden amber color with a thick off white head. Lotsa carbonation bubbles. Nice lace. Nose is very mild, caramel-like, with just the slightest floral notes. The body is medium to light. Flavor is rather malty, with some tannic notes. Finish is just a touch dry, and a light bitter creeps up the sides of the tongue. OK, but not all that exciting.

3.9
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.


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