bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
definite hops aroma, but there's also a fresh smell that's hard to describe; medium amber color - a little too thin; medium dry taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly nice darker golden/amber in colour. Thin whitish head with not so great lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly hops and same with the taste. Hops is just about all I get. I would prefer more malts outa this but not bad overall
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 (Bottled) Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Caramely-malty, sweetish and buttery toffee aroma with raisins. Caramely-malty, slightly smoky and sweet flavor with a steady, bitter hoppiness in the background. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with balanced carbonation. An easily drinkable, easily hopped ale. Not bad, but nothing special.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 This is a very balanced brew. It pours a nice golden amber with a wonderfully lasting white creamy head. The nose is rather yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is average. The tastes are vibrant and floral. Perhaps there are strawberries in there. There’s a mild bitterness that lingers throughout the palate, but the hint of roastiness makes this beer a top contender in my book.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008
Pours a nice bronze body with a tall head. The aroma is of caramel and very light notes are a bit woodsy. The malts dominate the flavor. Its richly fruity, caramel, and slightly nutty flavor are accented by a slight citrus-zest-like hop presence in the finish. Notes of apricot and plums linger also among the finish... session beer at it’s best!
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initial aroma and taste is dominated by grapefruit. As it warms, it becomes more balanced and loses some of its citrus edge.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anchor Steam pours a pretty copper color with a nice head and good lacing. The nose is caramel malt and Northern Brewer hops. The flavor is sweet malt with a dry finish. Wonderful session beer.
andytothemax (16) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber appearance and wonderfully smooth with no aftertaste. Fruity flavors make it interesting. As others have noted, it's quite refreshing, although not quite as strong as the other Anchor offerings.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color with white head. Aroma is of of floral and citrus. Full flavor. Good. Crisp, Clean. Looking forward to trying more Anchor brews.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.