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RATINGS: 3723   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2843) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Amber color with little head. Some hoppyness and sort of sour too. Drinks easily with a little fruityness to it. Not an overly complex flavor, but i still enjoyed it greatly. Probably better for the summer and some sort of outdoor activity than in the middle of winter

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
(Bottled) Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Caramely-malty, sweetish and buttery toffee aroma with raisins. Caramely-malty, slightly smoky and sweet flavor with a steady, bitter hoppiness in the background. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with balanced carbonation. An easily drinkable, easily hopped ale. Not bad, but nothing special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Dark amber pour with a huge off-white head. Rather hoppy aroma with hints of light citrus, very light caramel, and bread. Flavor is light and tangy with notes of hops and bitters nicely blended. Palate is slightly sticky yet watery rather bitter too. A nice stand-by beer for bar-b-qs and other gatherings with none dark beer drinkers. I was thoroughly pleased with it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours a deep amber color with some light tan head. Aroma is some sweet malts and floral hops, slightly bready. Creamy and tart in the mouth, finishes with a slightly bitter note.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
12/28/05 on Tap @ St. Marks Ale House NYC. Pours a small white head with a very light amber body and scents of fruits. The citrus aroma and flavor is off set by some other natural sugars. Hops are present and balance the frutiness out very nicely. Hops dont overpower the beer though. I love this style. I only wish their were more cal. commons to try.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Thin off-white head on an amber body. light hoppy aroma. Fairly sweet flavor with some hits of flowers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a nice medium amber color. Aromas of sweet malts, and the faintest hint of hops. Flavors of caramel sweetness, a touch of fruit, and almost no hop. Nice dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours with a medium white head with a clear pale yellow amber body. Sweet nutty aroma with hints of a hoppy undertone. Nutty malt flavor with bitters kicking in at the end on a thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1063) - MOROCCO - DEC 27, 2005
Nice full head with some lacing. Golden amber. Well balanced bitterness. Very good beer.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Poured a medium-amber color...thin whitish head. Nothing striking about the aroma...maybe some obigatory malt/hop combo nose. Whatever. Some roastiness in the flavor, but geez...once again, nothing to write home about. I guess I expected more. Lightly dry and bitter in the end. Well, if this is one of "the" best examples of the CC style then that style is in a sad state indeed.


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