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RATINGS: 3742   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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3.4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3343) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2005
My second beer from Anchor Brewing and Im not disappointed. It pours a deep amber color and foamy head, just like the bottle label says. The balance between the malts and hops is right on. This one drinks smooth with a welcome bitter finish. This would serve well as a versatile beer suited for numerous occassions, such as sitting around writing reviews on RateBeer.com.

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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkcarrington (31) - USA - AUG 11, 2005
Definitely a good choice. A nice deep amber color and a definite hops presence in the taste. Very enjoyable and I would defnitely reccommend it.

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!

3.3
   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.

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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Deep amber with a nice full head. Has some malt sweetness, the hops are more noticable, a nice crisp taste. Mild bitterness, a nice blend of hops and malts. I enjoyed this this crisp thirst quenching beer.


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