TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can’t believe I have never rated this! At any rate, I just got home from work and it’s time to relax before heading to bed. Pours a copper color with an efferevescent cream colored head. Aroma is better than expected with grassy hops and lighter malt notes. Taste is also fairly grassy with milder malt notes. Some grain and bready notes as well. Sort of crisp and dry towards the finish. Not the greatest thing since sliced cheese but a damn relaxing and refreshing beer. This would be awesome on a summer afternoon with some steaks and burgers. Come to think of it, that’s a plan!
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have been greatly pleased by Anchor’s Porter and Liberty Ale recently, so I thought I’d try their most common brew. It poured an attractive copper with a moderate, short-lived white head, and constant streams of carbonation. Aroma was crisp and fruity, quite pleasing. This aroma foreshadowed a fairly predictable, but delicious flavor dominated by a somewhat spicy, crisp hoppiness. Also present was a pleasing amount of mild sweetness and a moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel was dissapointingly thin, but not unpleasant. This beer is pretty moderate in almost all its characteristics, but it’s moderate in an entirely good way. When I want an easy-to-drink, refreshing brew with plenty of real flavor, I’ll definitely be considering this one.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You see....this is an example of why California rocks in the beer world. This isn’t a spectacular beer, but to call it common when so many of the "premium" beers produced around here are atrocious is truly telling. A nice amber colour with a big frothy white initial head which diminishes quickly. Slightly sweet and refreshing in the mouth - it’s a little thin but not bad.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange-amber colour with a frothy, mostly dissipating, white head. Light aroma of leafy hops and cereal grains. Light-to-medium body with a lively carbonation. Crisp and dry, but lightly fruity. A pronounced biscuity, grain-like maltiness and a leafy, earthy hop character dominate the flavour and re-emerge for the dry aftertaste. A perfectly decent, appetizing beer.
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit thinner than hoped for and no head in sight, but really a pretty good beer. Not for a steady diet but a pleasant diverson, especially on a hot day.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Pours an amber/brown with no head in sight. Aroma is pleasant perfumy soap, slight alcohol, glazed sweet potato (malt), and light citrus acidic hops. Very unique aroma. Flavor is sweet apple, with malt that shows its self very well in the middle, mellow citrus hop bit finishes the beer. After taste is a very interesting sweet soapy, malty, golden goodness. Body is thin and very effervescent. I enjoyed this beer very much just on its uniqueness. Tasty!
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Appearance is red'n'brown with a small head. Aromas are light winter fruit and floral hops. Flavours are light berries and grapes. Actually a bit thin and pretty disappointing.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Bottle. Very clear amber color with almost no head. Nose is soft and sweet. Taste is spicy, hoppy, and bitter and slightly nutty. Finish is dry and just a little sweet (I know, a contradiction). Palate is very clean, no thickness. I had this beer 10 years ago, back when I thought that Mickey's was the only good brew, and I hated it then. So, I was a bit aprehensive about it today. When I bought it this evening, I was thinking that I would hate this beer and I would have to give it a bad rating. But Christ, have my tastes changed! This is what I beleive every "American" beer should be. Anchor Steam should be the gold standard that other american beeres should be judged against. Great light summer beer with a deep flavor. A very, very satisfying beer.
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
It wasnt too bad of a beer. Had this one just to pass the time. Would probably get it again if i was drunk in town
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'd had this in bottles before and thought it was just fine enough, but on first tasting it on draft, my eyes and tastebuds blew wide open, and were all the happier for it! WOW!, what a difference freshness makes!
Appearance: clear, bright amber hue, and a frothy, thick off-white head.
Aroma: soft and clean, with hints of fruit, bread, cream, nuts.
On the palate: smooth and fruity, with a small hop contingent, and very, very tasty. Body is light/ medium, texture is good, finish is long and friendly!
The fruity flavor stays on the palate for the greatest portion of this drink, and continues to reward it's consumption. With every sip, the flavor jumps aboard with zeal and vigor, fresh and ready for the task (of refreshment!). Tasty, and tangy, and, again, very giving.
A bright, beautiful hybrid beer that goes down smooth and easily, always accompanied by flavor. A great American brewing accomplishment, I always say! I'm forever glad there's always Anchor Steam around!