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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2003
Bottled. At the Shoreditch festival. Amber with an attractive bold white head, that settled down. Lovely complicated malt aroma and taste. The beer smoothly transitions from complex malt to a pleasant and refreshing bitter finish. Their porter kills this but its not a bad beer by any stretch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Bottled: bronze coloured with loads of fizz rushing to fill the gaps in the thin patchy head. Thick chewy malt aroma that coats the nostrils. Pretty good bitterness - on the pine tree side, and a wet malty finish. Not exactly doing much for me, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 20, 2003
pours a really good looking red/orange with a healthy white head and some lace. Well balanced bitter hoppiness. not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2003
22 oz. bottle. Pours a big foamy head atop an amber body. First sips are sweet without being cloying (shouldn't have been eating chocolates beforehand, though). There's a slight impression of pear nectar. A bitter hop taste in the back of the mouth mars an otherwise clean finish (or enhances it, as your preference may be). Midway through, I get a more hearty hoppy smell and taste, ending with a more malty profile as it warms. This does have the signs of being a "frontier" beer with its slightly rough hop profile, but a great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeprck (24) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Looks great in the glass. Thin head, good lacing. Starts sweet, malty; finishes hoppy and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours nicely, beautiful color although there isn't much head.A deep gold colored brew, with a sweet taste of malt, caramel or honey, and a fruity aftertaste that is nicely bitter. I truly enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours a reddish gold. Malt and caramel in the nose. Malty flavors, with hints of nuts. Real nice palate. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimmydoug (32) - Operation Joint Forge, USA - SEP 8, 2003
This is trendy beer that your are supposed to just fall in love with. I found it to be a bit bitter with a not too clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Amber appearance with a medium size head. Somewhat fruity aroma blended in with the malt. Noticed a bit of spice in the mellow, malty taste. Moderate amount of bitterness. Decent floral finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evilpsych (34) - USA - SEP 2, 2003
very decent brew, not sure i'd drink it in any real quantity though. Good with peanuts, or maybe chips and salsa. hoppy with a hint of malt.

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