trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a nice clear dark amber color with a light film but no head. Fiishes with a mild sustained bitterness.
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this twice and plan on having it again... might even re-rate upon subsequent tastings, for this reason: my first bottle of Anchor Steam had a wonderful mild clover honey flavor that was highly drinkable and refreshing, but my second bottle several months later was fairly non-dememo and beery. However, in reading professional reviews of this beer, evidently one of the characteristics of this beer is the complexity of flavor and a seemingly dynamic flavor profile, even between swigs from the same bottle. This bears further research, methinks...
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a nice head. It has a sweatness to it a little to fruity for my likings. But i can see why its so poplur, it overal is a good beer
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice mix of fruit & floral aroma. big foam head that finally settled down to reveal a light amber colored brew. flavor is slightly sweet and floral. decent session beer but nothing great here.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s amazing I havent tried this before. Nice amber color with a thin head. Aroma is a light malt and slightly sweet. This really does seem like something that anyone could drink straight from the tap. Flavor comes through with some very palatable malts, light citrus feel, really good and basic.
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 (162) - 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 (6374) - 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.