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RATINGS: 3774   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
On draft Pours a clear copper with a thin and quickly dissipating head. Some fine ivory lacing. Smells crisp and lightly bitter. Hints of fruity yeast. Taste is crisp malt and nice bittering hops. Nothing inhgerently "hoppy" about this brew, that is just what comes out first. Lightly fruity malt in the middle somewhere and way back there just hints of banana. Crisp mouth and nice dry finish. Well crafted and balanced. Lots of subtle complexities. An old favorite that is always nicely drinkable. Love it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2005
A friend brought me some at our barebcue and I was pleasantly surprised. Poured like any good larger with a nice amber color and fluffy white head that laced well. Malty aroma with some floral scents. Taste was nutty and malt that slowly finished with some bitterness. Really refreshing and easy to like. Will get more.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Musty floral aroma. Amber body with a decent white head. Easy to drink beer that left a fruit aftertaste on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Exceptionally easy to drink beer. Nice sweet malt with just a little spice and a hop finish that dries out just enough. Very unique, but not incredible. Great in the summer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1967) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Tasted August 2007
Notes from this sample are largely consistent with the previous tasting from 2005. tasted blind I might have picked this as a heavier malted English bitter. Shows lots of balance. Tasted May 2005 3.4
Style? Medium orange to copper, clear. Holds a nice small head. Very expressive and impressive nose; deep malts with a sweet chocolate note. Malty character falls away in the mouth and is replaced with a solid firm palate that finishes quite bitter. Some nutty malty notes help round the beer out. Unique beer and mouth filling in the truest sense.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Anchor Steam is widely accepted as the classic example of a California Common. It features a atrong caramel malt aroma and flavor. A refreshing bitternes, but not too much. Steam is crystal clear, copper orange with some darker hues. Always and acceptable beer in my house.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2005
Bronze and slightly bitter. Soft palate and slightly fruity. Pleasant, drinkable but not outstanding.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2005
Robe cuivre surmonte dune mousse blanche lgre. Bire malte. Crales, pain. Houblon en finale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
its a pretty good beer worth a try and drinkable, dont think ill probably buy it again, not because its bad just like too many other beers.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Rather unpleasant when it is cold. Strange bitterness and lager yeast flavors. As it warms it becomes more rounded and the bitterness relaxes a bit and it becomes drinkable. Not a very pleasant flavor to follow the nice herbal/fruity aroma.


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