RATINGS: 3743   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Ill think about drinking this at a Padres game when my only other options are Miller Lite and MGD, but then Ill remember its not worth the extra dollar. Only pretentious San Franciscans should drink this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Butterscotch and a slightly doughy nose w. a hint of lemon. Ruby gold body - quite pretty. Somewhat sulfury butterscotch, maple, rich malt. Sulfur in the finish. Not too shabby but I cant get past the sulfur notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Couleur ambre tirant vers lorange. Moyen dgagement gazeux crant une grosse mousse blanche concasse, plutt persistante et nadhrant pas la paroi du verre. Armes de crales fraches, de grains et de muffin agrment dune touche fruite et de verdure rappelant le cleri. Beau malt crystal en bouche, crales et grains, trs faible caramel ainsi quune belle prsence de noix, dpices et danis. Excellente prsence en bouche, corps dpaisseur moyenne, carbonatation semi faible mais toujours prsente. Finale partiellement amrisante. Bouteille, LCBO, Automne 2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2005
[bottle from peckhams] pours a brown amber colour. Nose is primarily grassy hops but with an assertive undertow of caramel malts. body is lively with a bitter but mellow finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: A good slightly bitter beer. It is dar in appearance and has a thin texture. A nice head on it with lots of carbonation. Flavors of slightly burnt malts. All around - this is a great porter that is lighter and more refreshing that others in its class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
My fav for now, took a little getting used to at first but now I love it, it tastes a lot better when poured in a glass than direct from the bottle where it seems a bit more bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mostexcellent (5) - USA - JUN 20, 2005 does not count
Still love that perfect bittersweet balance, but is it getting a bit sweeter? Nice citrus grove aroma and thick heavenly head; clean taste, but with a nicely textured bite on the back of the tongue. Soft, smooth, and comfy; no longer an exciting beer, but highly dependable and very good indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2005
Pours a crystal clear amber colour, nice big off white head. Armoa is a soft and slightly floral. The first sip was hoppier than i had expected, its still quite clean, just fairly bitter. There are some nice malty flavours, but overall it seems a bit thin on the palate. Nonetheless, this is a great refreshing beer and was much enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Pours an amber brown, clear in color, with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is citrusy and hoppy but nothing too special. Flavor is clean and crisp with a bitter hop finish. Almost piney in flavor. Overall, I finid this beer to be very refreshing and nice for a summer drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 This beer is now a staple at many places that used to be Macro Only territory. I find it amazing and promising because this beer still seems too hoppy for mass consumption with a big and bold flavor, but it sells and that is promising. Ill never turn down an Anchor.

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