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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2003
very thin head, slightly bitter. The beer gets extra points for the bottle lable. not something I'd go out of my way to buy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Nothing overly impressive about this to me. Coppery color. slight fruit nose. thin mouthfeel. some lingering hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2003
a great hoppy taste matched by its smooth and clean taste. a great rival too seirra nevada's pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2003
Dark copper ... cherry wood colour. Uneven, slightly thinnish head. Sweet aroma, taste ... fruity, some malt, a little bitterness here and there. Thick. Nothing to write home about (and I'm left a bit hollow after waiting so long to try this), but fine sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jurgen (7) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2003 does not count
Hey, I don't drink enough beer to worry about the price. Clean, smooth, flavorful, not overpowering, nice mildly bitter finish. An excellent and well-balanced beer. Not overly complex, but so what?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Reddish amber body, small white head. Flavor is somewhat bland, with a bitter note. Not impressive at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2057) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Small head, nice amber color. Malty taste with a nice hoppy finish to balance it out. One of my favorite beers. Used to have to go to California to enjoy. How times have changed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RaginCajun (319) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
While a little, expensive, I enjoyed this beer. Medium to small head with a cloudy appearance. Very well balanced and smooth drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2003
A smooth crisp beer, with a nice copper color, and a very nice head with a sweet smooth taste and nice fruit aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Nice, well-balanced brew. Very malty, deep rich color and aroma, with a little hops to even it out. Very sweet and robust, cloying and thick.

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