RATINGS: 3772   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Ahoy Mates! Drop anchor and have a Steam. The craftbrew significance of this Ale is way too large to lump this puppy into the "I used to love it, but now I am too cool to say its good" category. This one, maybe more so than Sam Adams, brought America to wake up and drink a beer with taste. How many times have I been rescued by this ale being the only palatable thing on tap a "good" restaurant? Steam performs in the hop category. It has a civil gravity and is just pretty to pour. The only negative thing that I can say for this beer, is that Ol Fritz had to go and trademark the term "Steam" so that we homebrewers have to come up with a wet-noodle category like "California Common."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours amber with an off-white head. Taste is , sweet, hoppy, citrusy and floral with good malt balance. A mix between an ale and a strong lager. Mouthfeel is full and round. A very satisfying brew. recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
An ok beer. Weak on flavor but very refreshing served cold.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2004
Bottled. Copper, clear as a bell, little head. Smell is actually pretty unpleasent, I didnt think I was going to like this. Malt, brown sugar, a little bit fruity, bready and maybe grapes? A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (6167) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Cant believe I have never rated this! At any rate, I just got home from work and its time to relax before heading to bed. Pours a copper color with an efferevescent cream colored head. Aroma is better than expected with grassy hops and lighter malt notes. Taste is also fairly grassy with milder malt notes. Some grain and bready notes as well. Sort of crisp and dry towards the finish. Not the greatest thing since sliced cheese but a damn relaxing and refreshing beer. This would be awesome on a summer afternoon with some steaks and burgers. Come to think of it, thats a plan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
I have been greatly pleased by Anchors Porter and Liberty Ale recently, so I thought Id try their most common brew. It poured an attractive copper with a moderate, short-lived white head, and constant streams of carbonation. Aroma was crisp and fruity, quite pleasing. This aroma foreshadowed a fairly predictable, but delicious flavor dominated by a somewhat spicy, crisp hoppiness. Also present was a pleasing amount of mild sweetness and a moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel was dissapointingly thin, but not unpleasant. This beer is pretty moderate in almost all its characteristics, but its moderate in an entirely good way. When I want an easy-to-drink, refreshing brew with plenty of real flavor, Ill definitely be considering this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
You see....this is an example of why California rocks in the beer world. This isnt a spectacular beer, but to call it common when so many of the "premium" beers produced around here are atrocious is truly telling. A nice amber colour with a big frothy white initial head which diminishes quickly. Slightly sweet and refreshing in the mouth - its a little thin but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Bottle. Orange-amber colour with a frothy, mostly dissipating, white head. Light aroma of leafy hops and cereal grains. Light-to-medium body with a lively carbonation. Crisp and dry, but lightly fruity. A pronounced biscuity, grain-like maltiness and a leafy, earthy hop character dominate the flavour and re-emerge for the dry aftertaste. A perfectly decent, appetizing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
A bit thinner than hoped for and no head in sight, but really a pretty good beer. Not for a steady diet but a pleasant diverson, especially on a hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
12oz Bottle. Pours an amber/brown with no head in sight. Aroma is pleasant perfumy soap, slight alcohol, glazed sweet potato (malt), and light citrus acidic hops. Very unique aroma. Flavor is sweet apple, with malt that shows its self very well in the middle, mellow citrus hop bit finishes the beer. After taste is a very interesting sweet soapy, malty, golden goodness. Body is thin and very effervescent. I enjoyed this beer very much just on its uniqueness. Tasty!

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