Diode (7) - USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Anchor Steam takes a bit to get used to. When switching from typical pale ale canned water to something with as much of a bite as this brew, it can be a shock to the senses. The first one might leave you a bit standoffish, but the following 2, 3, 4.. etc.. can get you hooked. Not something I’d have more than two or three times a month and certainly not a special occasion brew.. but it’s got its own place on the originality shelf.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
A very unique beer. Invented in San Francisco in 1896 and as far as I know, very few others make Steam Beer. This however is the original.
Created by Fritz Maytag. ( same as the washing machine ) tastes like a lot of hops and a hint of "Sun" detergent. I say "Sun" because this stuff is so bad I cant imagine it having a hint of your finer detergents, such as "Tide". Truly bad.
I used to live in the Bay area, and a lot of bars have it on tap, but it’s very rare to see anyone ask for it. I imagine it’s at so many places just because it is a beer that is uniquely exclusive to San Francisco, and is a part of brewing history.
I’ve had it on tap and in bottle. Doesn’t matter. Gross
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A real drinkable beer! Nice malty aroma and flavor. I got it as part of a sample pack of micro brews; now I’m looking for it in a case!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel, smells a bit like a dark lager. Malty flavor with some sweetness, slightly bitter finish. Palate is rather thin
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark copper with smallish amount of clean white head. Minty, earthy hop aromas with a bit of malt sweetness. Hint of pine and dill weed. Tastes of nice grainy malts. Like good warm chewy bread. Hop presense is a little sweet and lingering. Just a hint of yeast in the finish. A unique and well crafted beer.
regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden-copper color with an off-white head.I never saw any lace.The smell started out with a light malt,biscuit aroma and some light hops in the background.The taste seems malt dominant with some slight hop bitterness in the finish.It has a light body with alot of carbonation.This is a very decent beer that I will purchase again.This would be a good session beer.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Attractive copper coloring. Not much aroma - but what was there is nice with malty notes and a hint of tea. Good flavor with a crisp hoppy bite. Definitely the top of its style. I can’t beleive it took me this long to get around to rating it.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice copper amber with a good head and great lacing.
Nice crisp light aroma.
light malt and hopps flavor with just a bit of a bitter bite at the finish.
This is a very good easy drinking beer, very very good.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin, pale looking golden-orange color. Head is egg-shell, wonderfully thick, and doesn’t quit. Smell is rather light, vegetable hops and pale malts. Taste is watery with a nice, crisp, lemony/vegetable hop flavor that nicely complements the complex malt foundation. Lots of doughy-bread flavors, and yeast. Aftertaste is all yeast, malt and dry hops. Nice drinking beer definitive of California breweries.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Nice solid creamy head. Beautiful deep color, yet still transluscent through a pint glass. Excellent clean alcohol finish, thanks to those bottom fermenting lager yeasts. Nice UK hop flavors with a US west-coast hopping strategy: A wonderful dry-hopped flavor from Northern Brewer hops, a nice change from the usual west-coast Cascade dry-hopping strategy. Good in the bottle, even better on tap. A truely unique American craft brew. Call a few months ahead to the brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco and schedule a tour. You won’t be dissapointed.