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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
A pretty nice beer. Almost a hybrid between a good lager and an APA because of the hop profile. Drinkable and refreshing, but definitely not an exceptional beer by any means.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (935) - Nevada, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 A refreshingly clean lager. Dark orange with hints of red. Head is thin and white with some lacing. Aroma is subdued, floral with a hint of spice. The body is light with good carbonation. Very little bitterness and light hop flavor. Beer finishes very clean and dry. No after taste. One of the better lagers I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
A nice standard choice, readily available. Subdued hops, nice pour and color. Drink with pub fare and be happy that beers like this exist so we don't get stuck drinking Bud or MGD when out for a quick bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Deep reddish amber color with white head. Aroma hints of floral and citrus. Full flavor. Good drink. Most publicized of the Anchors but not the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2004
I think of this as the beer that allowed Liberty to happen. It's the classic California style which is a subdued, middle of the road ale. A good beer but there are other styles I prefer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2003
Slightly cloudy with scents of malts and a little hops.It is what it says...clean... almost too clean. Malty start with a slightly bitter palate. Not too bad but pretty generic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Very clean and dry. Not too complex yet very enticing. A beer that sets the standard for all california lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2003
i really like this stuff, very nice with food. for detailed or not so detailed tastings too, which is nice. kinda like a weird bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2003
It's been too long since I've had this beer. Nice floral hoppy nose. Has a nice amber color. Tangy hop character dominates, crisp and clean in the finish. It leaves with a bitter dry aftertaste. A beer that would be great with a seafood paring. Yes it is a little overpriced but still a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
I have to say I prefer the draft version over the bottle, although the bottle has nicer lacing.

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