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RATINGS: 3742   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Not much nose. Looks great, sparkling amber. Clean, refreshing and good with pizza.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2004
This is one of those beers that I love to have on hand all the time. Nice bottle, nice label, nice beer. Has a lightly hazy copper colored body and a thick foamy cream colored head. Aroma is clean and lightly hopped with just a hint of malt. Nicely carbonated, no trace of alcohol in the palate. A little bitter, maybe spicy, has some malt and hops flavoring but not too much. This is not a terribly complex beer but it is miles ahead of average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 This is a really good brew that I think is a little underrated. Great unique taste and ABV content makes for a good session beer. One of my favs from anchor

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
This beer tasted full of hops, which really wasnt a bad thing. Overrall great taste and aroma. Not many bad thinds about this. I would suggest it to anyone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2004
dark copper colored beer, is this a lager with high fermentation? It's nice in taste, easy going, could replace any amber beer in Europe. Nice malts at first and long aftertaste of hopps and yeast. When you serve the beer a little warmer than lager it's even better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 Crystal clear amber with a large diminishing off white head. Floral aroma with notes of honey, light citrus, white bread, and a hint of pine. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. A pleasantly sweet flavor of honey and bread with light pine, red apple, and citrus notes. Refreshing, a good session beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (4408) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle from Safeway, Shirley, West Midlands. Strangely flat, with no head. Copper hued, with a sweet malty aroma. Soft toffee and orange notes, but predominantly quite a dry beer. Crisp and peppery, with a long finish. Nice enough, but a little bland, beyond the dryness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours copper with a large fluffy head. A fruity, yeasty aroma. Flavor is sweet and floral; honey, with a nice pine finish. A dry aftertaste lingers a bit. Medium bitter. A little watery with good carbonation. A nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Very nice beer. Strong caramel/smoky flavors that coat and linger on the palate. Easy to drink and enjoy!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2004
I don't believe I've ever had a poorly made beer from Anchor. Apples and malt is the theme in this one. Orange colored with a hint of apples and malt in the nose. Smooth but somewhat light on the palate with the apple and malt flavors dominating. Easy drinking beer.


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