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RATINGS: 3764   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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   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pale, clear light coppery color with a medium sized cap of off-white dense smooth foam. Settles down slowly to a healthy slim skim and collaring. Drippy lace with some globs sticking. Aroma is softly clean and grainy with a slight toastyness; creamy, earthy tones keep underneath with a great fresh breadiness displayed on the nose the whole time. Great fresh flavors, lightly malty with a nudging sweetness always peeking through with what tends to be an always present, fine bready toastyness. Creamy and lightly earthy with a tender texture and easy going malt base. The grain flavors are nicely handled with an eager mildness that lasts a long time. Finishes earthy with a slight grassy edged hoppyness floating along the end of the bready stuff. A great Steam beer by the innovators of the style, Anchor. Sessionable by the gallons!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 !2 oz bottle. Pours deep, deep amber with a fairly large tan head. Can be bitter for some reason. Seems to really need to be ice cold. Ive really enjoyed some bottles Ive had, but others were a bit disappointing. Maybe its travel time.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
on tap at Oleos Sports Bar in Santa Rosa, Ca (5th & Mendecino). deep full amber body with a considerable tan head. filling mouthfeel. citrus and malty aroma. sour taste, citrus, florals. finishes solidly bitter. good with bar food/to have a few.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2005
bottle Pours copper with white lively head. Aromas of coffee and slightly fruity. Tastes a bit hoppy. With a decent bitter finish. A pretty good beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Wow. When I first had this it really hit me. I recently picked up some of the Liberty Ale and, outside the flavor (slight) differences, it was pretty much the same. Im not agreeable with how yeasty it is, and was a little freaked out finding residue at the end of every bottle. The first half of the bottle, when extremely cold is fine, but I find it hard to finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
copper beer with a small head. smells abit like coffee, caramel and fruity(pear, citrussy, melon). tastes toffeeish, caramelmalty, bitterish, a little sweet and slightly fruity. finishes more bitter. bit fizzy and thin/medium bodied. better then average session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Started off with a coffee aroma (similar to Gennesee Cream Ale), When I took the first sip, the bitterness was slightly stronger than the average dark ales (similar to Genessee Cream Ale). There is a full body (like Cream Ale), creamy with a good carbonation. This may be a great beer on the west coast, but if you are on the East side, you must try the Genny Cream Ale first. The Anchor Steam is around $35.00/case. Great beer but try something cheaper if you are not a true connoisseur

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Poured copper with white bubbly head that quickly disappated. Aroma is fruity. Flavor is lightly hoppy, slight taste of fruits, maybe a melon/pear flavor. Caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light. Overall, not to bad of a beer. Good session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2005
One of the better mass produced American beers. Orange copper with creamy white head. The aroma is of carmel malts and a bit of a fruityness. One of the better steam beers on the market


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