RATINGS: 3774   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Light copper color great head and a great ovverall smell to the beer. Light fruitness with a hint of malt. Good hops with a semi bitter flavor. Dry finish which was perfect for this beer. I get a small acid flvaor maybe due to an old bottle. Great beer. Way to go Anchor Steam!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
On draught. Tasted during trip to California. Golden clear colour with a nice head. Little hoppy nise. Big mouthfull, hoppy taste, that ends up bitter and hints of cirtus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2005
This is more my type of beer. It has a strong malty flavor, but best of all a lingering bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Some may find this too bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moonlight77 (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Having lived in bay area for while I cant say how many time this tasty brew hit the spot. Light considering its full flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2005
pours a nice amber color,with a small head.Has a nice blunt malty/bready aroma.Light body,a little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 A Mes rate: Aroma is hoppy, citric and nothing more than reasonable. Cant really pick anything out. Appearance is well worth the 4 and if I took a picture of this right now none of you would argue. Wonderful resin/amber body with a rocky head that lasts well. The way the bubbles settle flowing up into the head after the initial pour was an absolute joy to behold. It is hoppy and nutty and has a most unusual effervesence(sp?) to it. Something that reminds me of alka-seltzer. Also has a very delicate hint of that minty flavour I tasted in the Liberty Ale. Bitter finish. Downable. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Nice copper color. Bread aroma, with some underlying sweet malt. Decent flavor, could use some biterness. Not a bad brew overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Edgar (3) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2005 does not count
Definitely not impressed with this beer. Not much subtlety in the rather harsh burnt malty aromas and taste. Not well balanced, watery, not enough sweetness or fullness. Bitterness unpleasantly lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Pours a clear amber with a thick bubbly head from the bottle. Malty aroma and taste, as well as caramel. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2005
A rich, copper colored ale that even looks dense in the glass with a moderately thick, dense, white head. Aroma is dark fruit, bramble-like, gamey, and toasty malt that really intensifies as it warms. Flavor is loaded with currant-like hops, acidity, a solid malt, and some sweetness. As with everything Anchor does it is perfect, but this style and that kind of hop profile does not intrigue me. This is a good beer to have in your fridge to give to someone who does not get good beer yet. I am not saying it is an intro style or has little or no flavor. It just has that "I could drink a couple of these with a burger and fries" quality.

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