DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always wondered what "steam beer" was all about. The aroma’s sweet, fruity, biscuity malt. Looks lovely: clear dark amber (bordering on copper) with a light film but no head. Should mention that I’m sampling in San Fran Holiday Inn where the glassware is minimal. Taste: a gush of light roasty malt then a gentle bitterness in good balance but - is that it?!? Aftertaste is mild sustained bitterness with a dusky kinda natural malt edge. The body is where this beer interests me: super smooth with ultrafine effervesence around tongue tip. Verrrrrry drinkable (though more of that carb-feel would be nice) - a good session beer. Not too spectacular but well balanced - and very burpy kids! Extra marks I guess just for reputation and that I’m in San Fran...
snclrlws (19) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant hoppy aroma, good head that left a nice lacing on the glass. This beer is very easy to drink, due to its slightly watery palate and subtle flavor. I wish that there was more flavor in this drink, but as it is, Anchor Steam makes a good session beer with a taste that beats that of the macro-brews.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve never really thought this beer was worth the money I pay for it here in Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good quality pale ale but nothing spectacular...nothing unique. You may argue that the brewing method is unique; and it is, but it does not make that much of an impact on the flavor. The aroma is more malty than hoppy but a decent balance. Good over all palate...not too committed in the hops, malt or bittering after taste. Overall, this is a smooth drinking pale ale with personality like the girl next door...nothing spectacular but worth a spin.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I found this pleasant to drink. A bit of a grainy (?) mouthfeel, medium bitterness and quite soft.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (650ml). Poured a very lively slightly hazy orange with a good size off-white head, nice lacing. Aroma very mild, slight hops, orange juice malt. Taste more hoppy, a little minerally harsh, the orange juice malt is there at the start but very muted and has faded by the finish, which is a little too bitter for a little too long. Mouthfeel nondeScript. Very easy to drink though.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap in Almeda, CA. It’s drinkable lager style (I think) not skunky smooth taste but nothing outstanding about the flavor.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Eh not sure what to say here, kidda alot of nothingness, that left a bad taste in my mouth. RERATE: Up from 2.3. Iv had this beer many many times now and everytime i still find it annoys me, its a malty session ale and thats about it.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a tight two-finger head. A lot of effervescence in the middle of the glass. Smells like a malty lager. The crispness of a well-made lager is in the flavor, but I’m getting no ale fruitiness. Tastes like a decent Vienna Lager—at least it does for a second, then the taste is gone. Thin and kind of bland, but very drinkable.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber beer, great head that fades slowly (much slower than most). Flavor was a bit weird, and I definitely do not enjoy the bitter aftertaste.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Moderate hoppy aroma with some maltyness present. Average to large size frothy off-white head with fair lacing. Medium amber colour. The flavour is well balanced: starts off slightly sweet and bitter then the finish becomes more bitter for an average to long duration. Medium bodied with a dry texture.