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RATINGS: 3725   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkBarnes (410) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Aug. 23. 2005. 22 oz. "bomber." Found this brew more "exciting" than expected. Unusual and decidedly sweet aroma and taste -- I agree with a previous reviewer who detected "banana" in it, although Id perhaps call it "candied banana." Whatever "fruity-sweetness" lives in this brew is nicely balanced, however, by some serious hop bitterness that introduces itself quite early and stays very late. I remember trying this a year or so ago and not liking it much. Glad I waited to rate this, as Ive changed my mind.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Very good, but I enjoy Sierra Nevada more. Bitter in a good way. Sharp taste without unpleasant aftertaste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Red-orange, Nice head but fades quick, no lace. Aromas include yeast, straw, cardboard, hops. Taste is not heavy but quite bitter. Little malt but pleanty of herbal hops, tart fruit, earth, straw and yeast. Mouthfeel was right for the taste. Not the best craft brew but probably a lot like American beer before the macros took over.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Nice taste in mouth but I couldnt get through the aftertate. I didnt hate it but it was "different". A beer to grow into possibly. Great head great body..almost a wife in waiting...but like a wife...it didnt know when to shut up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a nice medium amber topped by attractive creamy beige head, lacing is so-so. Aroma is fresh bread, maybe a little banana. Nothing really unique about flavor, just has a good fresh taste, maybe a bit doughy. Finish is a little cloying. Overall this is just a nice American classic, nothing fancy. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2005
Ive been drinking this for years, its a classic beer, with its own flavor. Its citrus flavored with a bit of spice too, hoppy, and refreshing at the same time, I know that it wouldnt seem refreshing, but I often drink it on a hot California day, and its great. Good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
One of my staple session beers and definitely one of the more unique of the classic craft beers out there. Pours coppery with a thin white head. Smells of oranges, nuts and pepper. Tastes malty with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3304) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle, from Julios, 5Yr on the back. Good nose, sweet & fruity. Apple, grape, apricot, bubblegum, bready. Clean, classic orange bronze color. Small head that faded quickly. Bittersweet flavors. Like aromas, with a grapefruit and toffee being most prevalant. Medium body, oily slippery mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice brew, forgot how much I liked it. Like how it rolls on the tongue, heavier body than Id expect for a common. So easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Ive really been enjoying anchor steam lately. Its pretty when poured, and has a very nice balance of taste and smooth drinkability. I used to waffle between this and Sierra Nevada as my most common session beer, but lately its been mostly Anchor Steam.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2005
12 oz bottle pours a deep golden color witha rocky offwhite head that laces and lingers well. Not much aroma to this one. Some light malts and a brief sniff of floral hops. Flavor is light malts and a semi bitter finish. Very balanced and a smooth drinker. A good summer beer. And not bad at all for something this readily available. Nothing overwhelming though just average in all ways.


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