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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Ive never really thought this beer was worth the money I pay for it here in Colorado. Dont get me wrong, this is a good quality pale ale but nothing spectacular...nothing unique. You may argue that the brewing method is unique; and it is, but it does not make that much of an impact on the flavor. The aroma is more malty than hoppy but a decent balance. Good over all palate...not too committed in the hops, malt or bittering after taste. Overall, this is a smooth drinking pale ale with personality like the girl next door...nothing spectacular but worth a spin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle. I found this pleasant to drink. A bit of a grainy (?) mouthfeel, medium bitterness and quite soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6564) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Poured a very lively slightly hazy orange with a good size off-white head, nice lacing. Aroma very mild, slight hops, orange juice malt. Taste more hoppy, a little minerally harsh, the orange juice malt is there at the start but very muted and has faded by the finish, which is a little too bitter for a little too long. Mouthfeel nondescript. Very easy to drink though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Had this on tap in Almeda, CA. Its drinkable lager style (I think) not skunky smooth taste but nothing outstanding about the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Eh not sure what to say here, kidda alot of nothingness, that left a bad taste in my mouth. RERATE: Up from 2.3. Iv had this beer many many times now and everytime i still find it annoys me, its a malty session ale and thats about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Pours amber with a tight two-finger head. A lot of effervescence in the middle of the glass. Smells like a malty lager. The crispness of a well-made lager is in the flavor, but Im getting no ale fruitiness. Tastes like a decent Vienna Lagerat least it does for a second, then the taste is gone. Thin and kind of bland, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Nice amber beer, great head that fades slowly (much slower than most). Flavor was a bit weird, and I definitely do not enjoy the bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Moderate hoppy aroma with some maltyness present. Average to large size frothy off-white head with fair lacing. Medium amber colour. The flavour is well balanced: starts off slightly sweet and bitter then the finish becomes more bitter for an average to long duration. Medium bodied with a dry texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle. Poured light golden orange with little head. Fruitiness of banana and even some pineapple, without the citrus bite. Maltiness but not in a bready way. Hops were more present than most lagers, but a little disappointing - probably because of the enormous hoppiness of their Liberty Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkBarnes (414) - 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.

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