RATINGS: 3757   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2005
What an awkward situation: such a unique beer, with such a unique cultivation, and yet it is such a simple beer. It hits the spot and quenches my thirst, but it is nothing spectacular. I gave it a higher overall score, well, simply because it tastes good and its brewing is so unique.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2005
A thin, drinkable beer. A simple beer, but very enjoyable to drink. Consder the aroma the best part, in my opinion.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (610) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Something unpleasant in the aroma, cant place it. Thin mouthfeel. Fruity and dry. Peach or apple? Maybe apricot. Some moderate bitterness. This was the best experience Ive had with this beer, even though every one ive had was from the same 6-pack. Nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2005
Mid amber colour with a frothy, long-lasting white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma with a bit of hoppiness. The taste was so friendly and drinkable that I found the 355ml bottle a bit meagre. Could do with a (British, 20 fl oz.) pint of this. Sourness and dryness are both present, neither excessively. Not a complex taste, but somehow immensely satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2005
Pint poured at the Big Skye Cafe in San Luis Obispo (California), amber in colour with a medium head. A fruity hop aroma which is replicated in the flavour, though a little sour on the palate.

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