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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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nrime99 (13) - USA - JUL 30, 2001
Simply the best

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rambler99 (1) - Glendora, California, USA - NOV 19, 2001 does not count

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phoenixgoa99 (11) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
THE BEST BEER EVER!!! Buy some NOW... you will not regret it!!!

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drpimento (3280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2005
damn good beer! I first had this in the late 70s. I liked it right off and I didnt know jack about it then. But I can say that its remained the same, purnt near as I can tell, all down thru these ages. Wish Fritz was a girl so I could hit on him (her) or whatever. Just no insects please. Anyway, the beer is an artwork in the cross of lager and ale in the medium department. Pale ale that wants to be a larger lager or a larger ale that wants to be a lager. Have one and dwell on it. Ok, Fritz, if you wear a dress, I wont be too critical, just dont talk much.... and wear a high neck dress

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
The best beer in America, and one of the top beers in the world. The Mecca of California beer, a perfectly transparent beer.

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davidwel (9) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2006 does not count
For my money, the best beer in the world. Balanced hops and malt. If you ever see it "draught", do yourself a favor and order one!

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tquigley (3) - USA - FEB 11, 2007 does not count
A towering monument to brewing perfection. Its the Jupiter of our beer solar system, the sequoia semper-virens of our froth-filled forests.

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chadvolpe (2) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2007 does not count
This is a very good amber ale-style beer. It is unique in its creation, but overall extremely well-balanced. The nose is a little mild, but the tast and finish are loaded with mild sweet notes and a decent hop balance.

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nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Reddish orange pour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of light sweet malts and earthy perfumey hops. Flavors of light pine and citrus rind, dry...lightly sweet somewhat bready malt all pretty balanced. Medium body, lively carbonation, crisp, bitter, dry, malty with a malty finish that has a bitter kick before its all said and done. Update 08/10 This beer truly combines a nuance of flavor that I seem to see less and less of as hop-bombs, sours and high abv beers that continue to capture the interest of the craft beer world. Dont get me wrong, i love that stuff too, but this brew is something that falls few and far between: a brew that is delicious in its delicacy and balance. It tastes great on a hot summer evening or a cold winter night. It is the quintessential session beer.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mickjay77 (15) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
[Look]: Amber copper color with a nice creamy head. [Smell]: Very malty in the nose, hint of earthly and grassy. [Taste]: Tons of wonderful flavor to my palate!! Toasted bread, caramel sweetness, mild bitterness, hint of citrus and earthliness. Very creamy mouthfeel. Finish off very smooth bitter and sweet. [Overall]: One of my all time favorite beer!!


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