RATINGS: 3763   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Solid entry in the "widespread for a small brewery" niche. Unbeatable against the commercial giants but too pricey when side by side with the micros.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
This beer feels good from the moment it is poured to the last drop. It is not an exceptional beer but you can see it was finely crafted. The Amber color with nice almost creamy head (which looked amazingly dense!) was very inviting. The first mouthful was a tad disapointing compared to the LIberty Ale but after a while Ive discovered a very different product. Bitterness and dryness were excellent and well balanced with hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12752) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Amber with a thin tan head. Malt and hop aroma with a fruit nose. Mild bitter malt flavor. Mild and refreshing palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Red golden color, light sweet hoppy aroma and bitter taste, medium body, light dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Mmmm this is a tasty beer. In a bottle, great looking bottle bye the way. hoppy, and crisp. enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Bottle. Nice, hoppy aroma. Nice golden color. Somewhat bitter taste, more than usual. Some slight fruitiness, but more bitter. Little carbonation through the whole bottle. Good tasting beer, but somewhat watery mouthfeel due to the low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (4134) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle Pours a deep clear amber with a modest offwhite head. Enough of a ring is maintained to keep nice thin lacing on each sip. Aromas are of pale pitted fruit, apricots etc. Not much hops in the aroma. Flavor is more hoppy but balanced by decent malt flavors. After taste is dry bitter lingering taste. Dont know what is so special about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (4066) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle - 650ml. Superb amber body topped with a decent and lasting off-white foamy head. Good malty aroma with pleasant fruity and flowery notes. Taste is pretty well balanced. Hoppy and malty flavors with subtle ginger hints. Decent bitter aftertaste. Without being an exceptional product, that one has all the qualities to please a real beer lover.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Amber in color with a nice head. Creamy and refreshing. Well balanced flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
I must admit I was a little buzzed when i tasted this beer, so I had to relie on my short notes. APP: hazy, golden, large foam. ARO: fresh, hops. FLA: weak, hops, malt, bitter. MOU: fresh. OVE: I sure wish i could get drunk with a bow of these! (this properly means, that it is not that strong, but a beer you enjoy several of in a row) ... average beer!

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