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RATINGS: 3778   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
Good-looking amber body with nice carbonation and finely laced 2 inches head, medium-lasting. Piny hops aroma with notes of perfumey caramel. Nice malt development in mouth, good balance. I like it more with every sips. It remains very light though with resin hoppy profile bringing a light bitterness. Well done and indeed got the lager light and refreshing smooth body which I liked.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Pours with a medium yellow head; aroma is a bit sweet, like baked apples maybe. Copper color is nice in the glass. This is a well balanced, semi-bitter beer with malt tones, comparable to a good ale. A bit wet. Aftertaste is quick and far from unpleasant. Very good overall and more accessible than Anchor's Liberty Ale.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
A grassy beer that simply reminds me of a bad lager. PErhaps a ground-breaking or revered beer, but I just can;t seem to like it. Bottle, draft, can't get by the weird grassiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2003
Bottled. At the Shoreditch festival. Amber with an attractive bold white head, that settled down. Lovely complicated malt aroma and taste. The beer smoothly transitions from complex malt to a pleasant and refreshing bitter finish. Their porter kills this but its not a bad beer by any stretch.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Bottled: bronze coloured with loads of fizz rushing to fill the gaps in the thin patchy head. Thick chewy malt aroma that coats the nostrils. Pretty good bitterness - on the pine tree side, and a wet malty finish. Not exactly doing much for me, but not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 20, 2003
pours a really good looking red/orange with a healthy white head and some lace. Well balanced bitter hoppiness. not bad

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2003
22 oz. bottle. Pours a big foamy head atop an amber body. First sips are sweet without being cloying (shouldn't have been eating chocolates beforehand, though). There's a slight impression of pear nectar. A bitter hop taste in the back of the mouth mars an otherwise clean finish (or enhances it, as your preference may be). Midway through, I get a more hearty hoppy smell and taste, ending with a more malty profile as it warms. This does have the signs of being a "frontier" beer with its slightly rough hop profile, but a great session beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeprck (24) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Looks great in the glass. Thin head, good lacing. Starts sweet, malty; finishes hoppy and slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours nicely, beautiful color although there isn't much head.A deep gold colored brew, with a sweet taste of malt, caramel or honey, and a fruity aftertaste that is nicely bitter. I truly enjoyed this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours a reddish gold. Malt and caramel in the nose. Malty flavors, with hints of nuts. Real nice palate. Enjoyable brew.


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