RATINGS: 3778   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimmydoug (32) - Operation Joint Forge, USA - SEP 8, 2003
This is trendy beer that your are supposed to just fall in love with. I found it to be a bit bitter with a not too clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Amber appearance with a medium size head. Somewhat fruity aroma blended in with the malt. Noticed a bit of spice in the mellow, malty taste. Moderate amount of bitterness. Decent floral finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evilpsych (34) - USA - SEP 2, 2003
very decent brew, not sure i'd drink it in any real quantity though. Good with peanuts, or maybe chips and salsa. hoppy with a hint of malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ppcpilot (21) - Port Allen, Louisiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Sampled this draft at The Chimes. Not much head after it got to my table, but it was very bubbly to the tongue. Really pretty shade of amber/copper. Aroma almost non-existant. Kinda sweet smelling like Kool-Aid. Taste is very good, definate caramel touches. Reminded me a lot of Bass. I'd like to try those two side by side. A little watery overall; was expecting something with more body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Amber in color, thin head. Aroma was light, yeasty. Taste was a little disappointing, especially since I was impressed mightily by Anchor's Liberty Ale and Porter. A good beer, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Just what the commercial description says. Clean, crisp, and easy... Great! Looks really good. A good lightly flavored beer with a lot of bubbly to tickle you. Nice and very accessible, but nothing special. Just plain good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Popped the cap - this one was a gusher. This beer pours a nice rich amber, with a white head. Light aroma, a little bready, with some nice melon and coffee notes. Flavour is also light, but a little bitter; nothing is especially pronounced. Palate is very smooth, but the body is very highly carbonated (due to the addition of extra yeast, before it's bottled).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Superbly balanced, clean and drinkable with a fine, lingering bitterness that pulls me back for another sip --the archetype and pinnacle of the style.

Pale copper hue, clear; creamy, white head. Light honey and chunky, bready malts set against woodsy and herbal aromatics. Off-dry, moderate and clean acidity, mild bitterness; ends with a crisp, effervescent bite. Medium-light body, slick texture, mousse-like carbonation.

Old rating: 12 oz bottle, beer mug, 50 degrees. Giant, white, foamy head seems to be well lasting and is accompanied by an average density, deep amber colored body with average carbonation. Slightly piney, slightly citric hops and caramel, grainy malts play well together. Aroma is lighter than I would like. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Aroma was very indicative of what the flavor would be like; although, theres a slight English pale ale warmth to the flavor that I didnt pick up in the aroma. Medium bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation. I could stand for the body to be a little fuller with a creamier texture. The bottom line is: this is a great everyday beer, an absolute classic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Amber brown with a tan head. Hoppy aroma. Initial malt flavor with bitter hops on the end. Pretty good, not hard to find either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
good accesible beer, I don't think its a top ten, but good none the less. It one of those fall back beers that you order when the selection is thin.

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