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RATINGS: 3743   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Bronzed-amber pour with a light layer of not-too-condensed white head. Head receded rather quickly, but left some faint lacing as it went down. Floral hop aroma, but kind of stale. There was also a bit of caramel malt in there. Crisp flavors, but the floral hops were still a bit stale. Finish was smooth and slightly bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2005
I sampled this beer on tap at Bennos. It pours to a thick rocky off-white head atop a bronze/copper body. The aroma is fairly basic and lagerish. Caramel malts, pale malts. The flavor is a lightly sweet malt, EPA bitterness, pretty basic but fills out my California Common style.. The palate is where this beer excels. Its got a nice thick, rich, and creamy body. I dont see how this is a different style.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Honestly I am unimpressed with this beer. There is little complexity and little hop presence, although it totally lacks esters and other off-tastes for a cali. common.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Ive had way better steam (california commons) than this. This was just lame and dull and not much going on here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a caramel orange color with little head. Thin body with lots of fine carbonation. Hoppy presence with a slightly bitter finish. Good floral hop smells in the aroma, but not overly so. Decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
Bottle. Great herby aroma. Head is a bit lumpy! Clear light mahogany/ orange color. Quite thin body but very resfreshing and harmonious. Pleasant.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattShizzle (605) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
An excellent beer. THE representative of the style. Very drinkable, and very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
reapermedic (26) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
Very nice. excellent aroma, hoppy, sweet, rich fully bodied flavor, cant just have one, I reccomend

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
pours a copperish orangish color lightly brown w/ a small decent laced head. Aroma is a clean citrus hop lightly floral hints of oranges. Palate was pretty basic ok body ok coating. Flavor was clean and crisp nice even citrus hop light carmel malts a bit acidic. a decent little beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
herzart (4) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2005 does not count
Great refreshing taste with a unique finish. It is one of the best balanced beers I can think of. The hoppy flavors never stray too far in either direction between a smooth crispt taste versus a bitter ale taste but yet never flat in delivery.


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