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San Francisco's famous Anchor Steam®, the classic of American brewing tradition since 1896, is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber color, thick creamy head, and rich flavor all testify to our traditional brewing methods. Anchor Steam is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. Anchor Steam derives its unusual name from the 19th century when "steam" seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The brewing methods of those days are a mystery and, although there are many theories, no one can say with certainty why the word "steam" came to be associated with beer. For many decades Anchor alone has used this quaint name for its unique beer. In modern times, "Steam" has become a trademark of Anchor Brewing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
Bottled. No head on this, clear amber-brown body but it was the slightly stale aroma that was off-putting. Redeemed by an attractive hoppy taste with a real crunch to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice golden brown - or is it brownish gold? Decent foamy head that lasts a while. Classic, slightly sour aroma. Nice carbonation and a mild flavour with the taste of hops and a lingering bitterness. Decent mouthfeel. All in all, a really nice quencher on a hot day. A great beer for quaffing with quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Bottle pours a deep amber with a small head and a lace ring at the top. The aroma is slightly fruity and hops. The flavor is slightly fruity, bread like, and hops, with a dry finish. The palate is carbonated and refreshing. Overall, I have not had it in a long time but it was my first domestic craft beer and I still like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Amber colour with a fizzy diminishing head. Lightly fruity and bready aroma. Cereal and lightly fruity flavours with a medium bitter finish. Medium bodied and almost but not quite sticky mouthfeel.

   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 it’s 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 (1555) - Leesburg, 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 (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2004
Bottled. Copper, clear as a bell, little head. Smell is actually pretty unpleasent, I didn’t 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 (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Can’t believe I have never rated this! At any rate, I just got home from work and it’s 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, that’s 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 Anchor’s Porter and Liberty Ale recently, so I thought I’d 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 it’s moderate in an entirely good way. When I want an easy-to-drink, refreshing brew with plenty of real flavor, I’ll definitely be considering this one.

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