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RATINGS: 3758   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4444) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Midium amber colour with a frothy, long-lasting white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma with some hoppiness. Sourness and dryness in the aftertaste. A very pleasent and enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2005
the smooth and rich texture are great. The mild flavor is nice too and dry lingering after taste is plaesent as weel . Anchor is a winner

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2005
Pours a nice golden color with a very nice head. Seemed like there was plenty of carbonation, but when I drank it, I couldnt feel anything. Tasted almost exactly like flat sparkling cider. Had it been carbonated a little bit at least, it probably would have been a pretty good beer. Could be due to the long shipping distance though, as I live in NJ. The flavors were pleasant, although it smelled like a shitty macrobrew, it didnt taste remotely like one.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (17637) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
A decent beer. Very drinkable, light to medium bodied, goes down smooth. Finishes crisp and clean

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
12oz bottle.Served in a 16oz lager glass at 58. Pours copper colored with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild caramel with earthy hops. A nice, full mouthfeel initially. The taste is light, caramelly malt, flourish yeastiness, but the main flavor is the somewhat earthy, moderately spicy hops, which provide a nice mild to moderate bitter finish. It is amazing to think at one time this was THE american beer. Thanks to Fritz Maytag for getting craft brewing going again in the US.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8235) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
This is one of those kind of beers that u can buy a sixer of and give to your guests, a golden brown tea colour with some minimal head..has a pleasing yet not overpowering bitterness, nice. on the higher end in price but the subtle bitters will get your guests jive-N.

3.2
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.1
   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.

3.3
   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.


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