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RATINGS: 3778   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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3.2
   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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Clear golden brown with a light off-white frothy head. Sweet floral aroma, possibly peach, hops as well. Palate is fizzy and medium bodied. Flavor is nice. This may sound crazy, but it reminds me of Orval. Slight matalic nature, with a light lingering bitterness that dosent add or detract. A safe beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25814) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2005
On draught. A little hazy dark copper colour. Creamy long lasting white head. Caramel and malt in the aroma. Malty flavor with hints of caramel and pears. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintArnold1977 (26) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I gave this a try and was surprised..I agree with the caramel aftertaste which I liked. I actually liked the color if it sttin in my glass more than usual.. Kinda copper but not quite. Nutty like me so maybe that was why I liked it..Not much smell but smooth overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2005
Agree with the previous rater about the smooth caramel aftertaste and certainly easily drinkable. Dull looking honey/copper coloured body with a fairly lasting off-white head. Caramel in the aroma and if you look for it, some pears. Hasnt got heaps of body but has some character and this will be my benchmark for this style of beer. Aroma follows through to the taste along with some pleasant bitterness. A light, drinkable blend of caramel and pears with a hint of nuts thrown in.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Very drinkable. Weak aroma. Beer tasted very smooth with a carmel aftertase. Amber in the glass, smooth tasting with slightly efervesent carbonation astrigent on the palet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zombywoof (466) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Zesty, effervescent first rate lager. Bready and fruit notes. I should drink this more often.


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