RATINGS: 3758   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2005
bottle-pours with a medium head that dissipates quickly while coating the side of the glass. Nice malty aroma with a wonderful copper color. Bitter taste that finishes a bit rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26019) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2005
Bottled. Copper colour, mediumsized longlasting creamy head. Fruit and malt in aroma with flowery and hoppy notes. Sweet citric malty flavour with hoppy finish. Fruit and hops in aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Well, for one, this in my eyes is as good as a beer can look: Deep amber with zero cloudiness, and a nice creamy head. Aroma wasnt too impressive. Mostly musky with maybe a slight touch of apple, though certainly not offensive. A bit wattery in the mouth, although the beer really shines through in a pleasant, very slightly malty flavor that is nice and easily drinkable (though not "smooth" like a stout). Maybe its influenced by the name but I feel like I can taste steamyness (even though its not actually made with any sort of steam). It just gives off that kind of feeling. Definitely try out this beer. Drink this sucker cold though because its flavors begin to get a little out of wack as it warms.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Aroma:Light malt,Vegetable.... Appearance:Amber,good withe head... Flavor:Light bitterness and malt flavor...Juste a litle better than a comercial beer....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Good ol Anchor Steam. I remember drinking you a long time ago before I was beer-aware. Its still pretty good, if a bit boring.

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