yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber beer with no head. Faint malt aroma. Malty flavor with a lot of hops. Grapefruit. More hops than I like especially at first, but it gets better farther into the beer. Full body and smooth mouthfeel with just a tiny tingle and tartness from the minimum carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. I didn’t like this at first, but it grew on me somewhat towards the end. Good quality but not my style.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first California Common, and it was a good experience. Creamy head. Fizzy, lively beer. Bright gold in color. Smelled sweet and spicy. Full-tasting, smooth, hoppy and spicy. Pepper, allspice, honey, orange rind and musk. This is my new idea of what the all-American beer should be.
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful deep amber color, nice head that dissapates a bit too quickly. Aroma is hoppy and that hard-to-describe esteriness that comes from warm fermentation with a lager yeast. Not fruity like a real ale, but very distinctive. Flavor is classic California common: crisp, fairly clean, medium bodied. Nice bitter aftertaste, very refreshing beer. One of my all-time favorites and an American classic.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a copper color with a small to medium white head. Malty aroma of caramel and somewhat toasty. Malty flavor with hint of lemon and hoppy finish. Light bodied.
jefcon (1536) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Hops and malts in harmony in this full-bodied beer. Brown and nutty, the hops are stronger in the aroma than on the tongue. Bitter throughout, but not unpleasant. Better than I expected.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 poured amber color with little to no head. Nice floral aroma with a hint of maltiness. Very dry beer with a bitter taste. Never had a steam beer but this is not a bad beer.. Would buy again.. a refreshing dry beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting beer. Light, but not entirely. Heavy, but not overwhelming. Since this is the only "steam" beer I’ve had, I guess I would have to say it’s the best. A nice, crisp offering.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottled; Hazy copper color with white head, collapsing into a thin layner. Nose is full of honey?? Dry in taste but with distinct caramel flavour.Light bitterness. Good and refreshing by a bit too dry for me
Diode (7) - USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Anchor Steam takes a bit to get used to. When switching from typical pale ale canned water to something with as much of a bite as this brew, it can be a shock to the senses. The first one might leave you a bit standoffish, but the following 2, 3, 4.. etc.. can get you hooked. Not something I’d have more than two or three times a month and certainly not a special occasion brew.. but it’s got its own place on the originality shelf.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
A very unique beer. Invented in San Francisco in 1896 and as far as I know, very few others make Steam Beer. This however is the original.
Created by Fritz Maytag. ( same as the washing machine ) tastes like a lot of hops and a hint of "Sun" detergent. I say "Sun" because this stuff is so bad I cant imagine it having a hint of your finer detergents, such as "Tide". Truly bad.
I used to live in the Bay area, and a lot of bars have it on tap, but it’s very rare to see anyone ask for it. I imagine it’s at so many places just because it is a beer that is uniquely exclusive to San Francisco, and is a part of brewing history.
I’ve had it on tap and in bottle. Doesn’t matter. Gross