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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ppcpilot (21) - Port Allen, Louisiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Sampled this draft at The Chimes. Not much head after it got to my table, but it was very bubbly to the tongue. Really pretty shade of amber/copper. Aroma almost non-existant. Kinda sweet smelling like Kool-Aid. Taste is very good, definate caramel touches. Reminded me a lot of Bass. I'd like to try those two side by side. A little watery overall; was expecting something with more body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Amber in color, thin head. Aroma was light, yeasty. Taste was a little disappointing, especially since I was impressed mightily by Anchor's Liberty Ale and Porter. A good beer, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Just what the commercial description says. Clean, crisp, and easy... Great! Looks really good. A good lightly flavored beer with a lot of bubbly to tickle you. Nice and very accessible, but nothing special. Just plain good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Popped the cap - this one was a gusher. This beer pours a nice rich amber, with a white head. Light aroma, a little bready, with some nice melon and coffee notes. Flavour is also light, but a little bitter; nothing is especially pronounced. Palate is very smooth, but the body is very highly carbonated (due to the addition of extra yeast, before it's bottled).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Superbly balanced, clean and drinkable with a fine, lingering bitterness that pulls me back for another sip --the archetype and pinnacle of the style.

Pale copper hue, clear; creamy, white head. Light honey and chunky, bready malts set against woodsy and herbal aromatics. Off-dry, moderate and clean acidity, mild bitterness; ends with a crisp, effervescent bite. Medium-light body, slick texture, mousse-like carbonation.

Old rating: 12 oz bottle, beer mug, 50 degrees. Giant, white, foamy head seems to be well lasting and is accompanied by an average density, deep amber colored body with average carbonation. Slightly piney, slightly citric hops and caramel, grainy malts play well together. Aroma is lighter than I would like. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Aroma was very indicative of what the flavor would be like; although, there’s a slight English pale ale warmth to the flavor that I didn’t pick up in the aroma. Medium bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation. I could stand for the body to be a little fuller with a creamier texture. The bottom line is: this is a great everyday beer, an absolute classic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Amber brown with a tan head. Hoppy aroma. Initial malt flavor with bitter hops on the end. Pretty good, not hard to find either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
good accesible beer, I don't think its a top ten, but good none the less. It one of those fall back beers that you order when the selection is thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2456) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Small head, nice amber color. Malty taste with a nice hoppy finish that does not linger to balance it out. An enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2003
Not much of an aroma, a slight fruitiness. Pours amber brown, low head that lingers. Much hoppier than expected. Slight hop finish and a mild sweetness. Not spectacular and a little overpriced, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2003
Clear deep amber color. Head initially is great, but disappearing too fast. Clear and soft sweet malty palate, nice citric bitterness. A beer to remember.

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