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RATINGS: 3783   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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3.5
Mostlyhomebrew (9) - USA - JUN 30, 2004 does not count
Now here’s an enoyable beer. Has a smooth palate that give a tang in the aftertaste - really refreshing. And a True Blue Amerian Brew Too! It’s lager brewed at ale temperature - An inviting gold appearance with amber foam and sublime, smooth taste. Really excellent and original.

3.4
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 12 oz. bottle - Pours a nice deep copper color. Not much of an aroma. Head pours thick, then thins out toward the bottom. Nicely hopped, smooth taste, and easy to drink. Not much of an after taste. A good West Coast beer.
Re-rate I left the write up the same. Adjusted the numbers up a tad. A pretty good beer.

3.4
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
This is a really great lawnmower brew. Bright copper olor. Large head that dies. Nose is pretty weak and watery...lager yeast...however I could make out the cascades in this bad boy. Taste is very refreshing and yet not crisp. More like a wet noodle than a lemon. But not bad. A tad watery fro sure but not awful. Cascades dominate in my mouth. A bit too simple maybe. G-rat

4
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 27, 2004
This was a good surprise. Pours brown and the taste is amazing. The beer was served to me a little warmer than a normal beer, but I assume that was for a purpose. The taste is light hops and very sweet. This is a unique beer that I enjoyed alot.

2.6
pjcoupe (105) - Perryton, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Deep copper color, nice head, malty yeasty flavor with some hop bitterness that lingers in your throat awhile.Great lace.The warmer it is the more flavor.Same basic makup as a Sam Adams minus those wonderful spicey Flavoring Hops.

4.3
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Nice copper color with a nice head. This one’s a favorite with pizza. Slightly bright taste that wakes up your palate. Very refreshing as well.

3.6
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Great over-all depth in the color. Taste was pleasent and full bodied. a very good brew that meets all the requiements. Great alternative to the mass produced mess.

3.5
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Huge Head out of the bottle dirty eggshell. Like organic eggs you find at the grocer. Deep amber color. Little hoppy, definitely taste and smell the floral mix. Again another west coast brewery thats getting my attention.

3.4
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 This beer is pretty good if you just want something to sip on that won’t offend your palate, but doesn’t taste like thin watery macrobrew. Has a nice pleasant flavor, fairly light, sweet and a bit fruity with a clean finish. Refreshing is the best word to describe this beer.

2.9
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bottle into ale glass. Poured clear orange amber into the glass, fizzy off white head that didn’t last long. Smelled slightly malty, slightly hoppy, well balanced. The flavor was subtle, almost fruity, kind of smoky, with light bitterness on the end. It was watery. Not bad, not great.


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