Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours beautiful deep amber with an off white head. slightly perfumy, malty nose. good balance of fruitiness and sharpness in the flavour.
sethdude (674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 Re-Rate: Smells hoppy and fruity. A nice amber color. small head, fair lacing. Flavor is very malty, medium hops, and a nice dry finish. Nice mouthfeel. A bit creamy. I like it.
Rhino (57) - USA - OCT 31, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pympynaynteazy99 (31) - South San Jose, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Yuch! I can’t stand this stuff. Should only be served in dive bars to people that wouldn’t know a good beer if it was smashed over their head.
SilkTork (5012) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"To the American who has tasted nothing but Budweiser, a sampling of Anchor Steam can be a shock. To Jack the Lad with his Union Jack vest and can of Ersatzenbrau Lager Anchor Steam might seem dangerously like a Bitter. On the other hand, it might appear relatively tame to a real ale drinker weaned on Fuller’s ESB." Michael Jackson (www.beerhunter.com). I love the story of the washing machine manufacturer’s son, Fritz Maytag, buying up the struggling brewery because he loved the beer so much. Even here in the UK Anchor Steam Beer is legendary, and it’s such a pleasure to discover that it actually tastes good! The unusual brewing method produces an unusual and - I thought - unique beer. It’s interesting to note that there are other breweries in California producing this strange hybrid. Jackson’s comments hit the problem right on the head - too fruity for a lager, too thin for an ale. But a Vienna or a Bock can produce the same confusions and no one complains. I found the intense raison fruit, and the delicate hop dance complex and satisfying enough to overcome any problems with the thin body. A very freshing and delightful beer.
trent99 (8) - San Jose, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this micro-brew! One of the best that I have tasted. Nothing harsh about it with a crisp finish!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Banana notes in the aroma. Flavor is mainly dry with a refreshing bitter finish. A good beer for the warm season.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Crystal clear. Creamy head that fades fast. Clean malt and hop aroma. Medium bitterness. Some caramel malt flavor. Slight graininess. Slight metallic flavor. Medium body. Excellent when fresh.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice beer, not great. Somewhat hoppy, malty, fairly light tasting.