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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Medium red color is actually quite attractive. Spotty lacing and lackluster head. Creamy, if a bit watery. Spunky carbonation. Mild in flavor but well balanced. Malty, green apples up front. A bit of hops in the finish. A reserved but well made session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
On tap. Standard copper color. Average nose. Pretty smooth and a touch bitter. Light in the hops department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ensoniq (7) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 29, 2003 does not count
Good amber with a herbal aroma and a slight bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2003
Amber beer. Herbal aroma with tones of toast and some cream. Round, a bit sweet flavor with maltiness and a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 Copper color, great lasting head. Fruity aroma is the highlight. Nicely bittered, possibly over-carbonated. Well balanced, tasty session brew. Nothing complex about this but the price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - JAN 23, 2003
I bitter and blah beer. It had superb color and clarity, but beyond that, it was not worth another go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Truly one of my favorites. I love the smokey peppery taste of this, with an almost IPA feel to it. Sweet and ejoyable with a nice bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
A very sweet, malty and enjoyable aroma. Slighty smoked aromas and almost devoid of hop flavors; a touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Original Rating January 9, 2003:It’s a good, plain beer. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just the better choice to have for a session. Not heavy, not weak. Nice. 7/4/6/3/14 Re-rate May 9, 2008: Okay, the previous rating is a prime example of what NOT to do when starting to rate beers. Good lord... I guess to be fair, it was only about my 41st rating. Anyways... Copper color with a thin head. Spicy floral hop aroma. A simple dry grain and malt flavor. To borrow from BMC’s marketing departments, it seemed "crisp". How the hell is that actually possible? Fresh and clean. Simple but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diablokev (145) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2003
The aroma is sweet and of flowers, with hint of malt. The appearance is a nice copper with a light rust colored head, and nice lace. The flavor is a bit malty with a slight bitter aftertaste. The beer is smooth and crisp. Quite a nice brew.

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