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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Dark amber very fizzy beer, but with little head. Taste is very dry and bitter, but a hint of cherries somewhere in there.Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.3. Average unaltered

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Extra cool point for consuming this while riding around on a yacht in San Francisco Bay, on the company dime. Light amber orange appearance, slight hop aroma. Flavor was clean, mild, with a bit of hops. Decent, not special, but still a classic no matter what. RERATE: 3/21/2010 - had this again for the first time in a little while as part of a BJCP training session - my usual complaint about Anchor Steam - if this is supposed to be a "showcase" for the Northern Brewer hop, why are the woodsy and minty notes so muted? The hops are there, but just not that up front. Still mildly annoyed with Anchor for trademarking "steam." Score remains the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
Amber beer, with a small, off-white head. Aroma is of floral hops, though is restrained. Nicely balanced flavour, clean, simple, not overly hoppy. Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not bad. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11027) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Lovely red amber body with a short lived creamy head. Strong malt aroma with a hint of hops too. Excellent ready malt flavour with hop character and a firm bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Nothing too fancy here, just a smooth and easy drinking beer. Light hop flavor and subdued malt makes it a perfect anytime drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Cloudy orange-red with nice, but short lasting head. Sweet, wort-like aroma. Smooth, soft, malty, bitter-dry. Has lots of taste and body considering ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
For its historical value alone, this has to get some respect. As a beer, it's nothing special these days, but its uniqueness is intriguing. Nice crisp taste, good hop flavor and a good session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2004
he first thing I think of when I taste this beer is, well, Bass Ale. I no longer drink Bass because of all the other beers on the market which taste much better. Still, a decent pale ale with a good hop bite. Something which goes well with a steak or other strong meat dishes. A good base for black & tan if you don't have bass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 Just couldn’t help myself. I’ve had SO many of these and have never rated. Why so high? This beer I give credit along w/ SNPA for moving my tastes and those of a thousand others along the road to more and better. Sure there were others and many that in actuality I hold far higher and appreciate in the way one normally thinks (hell, I like Liberty ale more than Steam), but this one came at a time when I needed something to kick my quest into gear and this did the trick.THANK YOU!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2004
Light hybrid... Very enjoyable for just one beer. Light bitterness in the entire beer meakes this beer an easily accessible beer

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