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RATINGS: 3774   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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours amber with light off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, floral hops and roasted malts. Flavor is well developed, but brought down by overly heavy carbonation. Fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
On Tap at the Beer House, Manchester 19/06/2001 Mid brown coloured with a pale aroma. Hoppy.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 (2006) Bottled. Amber pour, mild carbonation, excellent if smallish off-white head. Strong aroma of perfume and and alcohol, stronger caramel and malt. Complex roasted taste. Very soft in the mouth, taste is not as strong as implied by the nose. As of this writing, Ive not tasted anything like this. Mild and quaffable. [3.2]

Long-overdue re-rate in May of 2009. Pale malt, citrus, grass, something like a noisy pale lager. Amber pour, clear and leaning to copper, with a nicely lacing off-white head. Watery body, light caramel, dust and chalk, grass and grainy profile leaning metallic, skunky perfume, water just doesnt seem very clean. I cant finish this bottle, and I cant imagine living in a time when this was king of the hill. [1.3]

Fourth bottle here in May 2013. A little sweeter, a little cleaner this time, though not by much. Still has that grain-perfume nonsense, but perhaps a little more candyish. Otherwise, everything holds, and I mutter silently to myself. [1.5]

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle
Pours a headless, slightly hazy ruby.
Lovely, fruity sweet aroma with molasses and spices.
Very Brit-ale like malt and hop character in well balanced flavor. Fruity. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Medium body. Farily heavy carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Nice clean and balanced taste. A little more fulfilling and fuitier than a lager but still crisp and refreshing. Low to medium body and maltiness with a moderate taste of cascade hops.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KUEric (968) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle: Pours a copper color with nice little head on it. I think I may have gotten a skuny bottle. It smelled of malts, tuna fish, citrus. The tastes were of malts, lobster/fish, citrus, and a bitter yeasty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lancenelson (26) - Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2006
A light beer with some fruitiness. A good choice if in the mood for a lager.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2006
Draft (in Sweden). Mild and smooth with a rather nice bitter finish. I find this a bit too lightweight.


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