RATINGS: 3742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Amber with dissapearing head. Sharp and complex at first. The finish is quite bitter and its a little too carbonated for me. Tases better as it warms and looses a little fizz. Excellent beer to have with spicy food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Malty, lager-like aroma. Pale clear copper color. The creamy white head disappeared almost before I looked at it. Crisp and bitter up front like a good pale ale with a clean malty finish. Hints of floral hops in the aftertaste. Truly a classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Aroma - Light toasted malt notes with some fruity esters. Rustic hop notes. Light diacetyl? Not sure on that. Color - copper color with a creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly Flavor - Bitterness upfront, woody, with a caramel sweetness. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Diacetyl is evident in the flavor. Must be an either old or mishandled bottle, not uncommon in OK. Mouthfeel - High carbonation with some astringent character from the hops. This beer reminds me of something between an Alt and an APA, overall a very good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
telepork (84) - USA - NOV 2, 2005
Light amber color and bright, white head. Dry malt and sugary aroma. Very bitter and dry, but still flavorful hoppines. Taste and palate are slightly fruity, with a bubbly finish. Medium bodied for a lagar - I guess from the warmer brewing and storage during creating this beer. Not as good as their pale ale, which is insanely good. This is nonetheless a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sunevdj (4012) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Pours a light amber with a white head. Malty sweetness. Hight bitterness. Aromas of bitter hops and a hint of prunes. Medium bodied. Dry, bitter finish. Not very complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Not my first choice from Liberty. The low alcohol content makes it drinkable over the course of a day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 31, 2005
hoppy, little crisp. pours orangeish with a white head. slitly bitter, thin beer without much mystery. guess im just not a crisp lover.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
A pretty decent beer. Very drinkable, light to medium bodied, goes down smooth. Finishes crisp and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
On tap. Light amber color with a decent white head. Pleasant aroma of hops. Nice combination of malt and hops in the flavor. Not a complicated beer by any means, but very pleasant and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Something about this beer just made it go down so nicely, and the bitterness just seemed ideal. Not a lot of complexity, and Im only guessing on the appearence as I never got around to pouring it out of the bottle, but just went down too perfectly to rate poorly.

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