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RATINGS: 3641   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 kräusening.

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 Francisco’s 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 Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

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2.2
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
I’ve had way better steam (california common’s) than this. This was just lame and dull and not much going on here.

3.7
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - 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
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.

4
MattShizzle (614) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
An excellent beer. THE representative of the style. Very drinkable, and very good.

4.2
reapermedic (26) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
Very nice. excellent aroma, hoppy, sweet, rich fully bodied flavor, can’t just have one, I reccomend

3.2
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
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.

2.8
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
I’ll think about drinking this at a Padres game when my only other options are Miller Lite and MGD, but then I’ll remember its not worth the extra dollar. Only pretentious San Franciscans should drink this.

3.5
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 can’t get past the sulfur notes.

3.6
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Couleur ambrée tirant vers l’orangée. Moyen dégagement gazeux créant une grosse mousse blanche concassée, plutôt persistante et n’adhérant pas à la paroi du verre. Arômes de céréales fraîches, de grains et de muffin agrémenté d’une touche fruitée et de verdure rappelant le céleri. Beau malt crystal en bouche, céréales et grains, très faible caramel ainsi qu’une belle présence de noix, d’épices et d’anis. Excellente présence en bouche, corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation semi faible mais toujours présente. Finale partiellement amérisante. Bouteille, LCBO, Automne 2004.


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