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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draft in Sacramento, CA. Copper colored with light tan head. Simply ordinary. Some malts, some hops. This may be a big seller, but there are many better brews around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Nice drink, lacing holds up well. A copper colour pour. Not fantastic, but pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1621) - Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Bottle. Bottled on 12/29/04. Pours copper with thick light-khaki head. Aroma is of perfume and hops. Taste is nicely balanced. Sweet malts give way to some nice bitter hops. Hints of chemical/metallic aftertaste. Dry finish. Solid medium-bodied beer. Nothing stands out though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Draft at Filiipis Pizza. Golden Amber in color with an ok head. Taste held up most of the way down. Not a favorite, but definitely the best of the choices I had that night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2005
enstilled in golden yet distinctly hidden bitterness this beer brought about a sensation of fulfillment upon my tounge. a quality brew that gives you all that is implied by its legend, well, at least the bottle looks nice. cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yuhasz (23) - USA - MAR 30, 2005
Has an aweful after-taste. Going in your mouth is ok, going down is like taking your medicine. Interesting bottle though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours medium amber with frothy white head. Good lacing throughout. tastes slighty hoppy, very smooth and has a bit of thickness that is unexpected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Light copper color, off-white head. Aroma is earthy and toasty, with some aromatic hops. Flavor was disappointing. A little toasy malt flavor followed by piney hops. Finish is moderately long. Overated in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Decent beer. Light maltiness in the flavor that gives way to a slightly bitter finish. Decent overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
Fairly average, overrated, nothing interesting here.

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