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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 19, 2003
Dark orange color, a bit cloudy. I couldn't get a proper, lasting head from this one. Aroma is malty and slightly smoked. Robust malt texture, with a hint of roasted grains a nice hop bitterness to complement it, especially in the finish. Peculiar. Drinkable. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Clear amber color, small head, crisp clean flavor, had it on draft. Nothing spectacular, but not bad

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2003
Orange color. Smooth but not interesting; poor aroma (alcohol, rhum, cardboard, some malt). Some malt and caramel in the taste, not enough hop and aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Amber in color with a light beige head. Hops and floral aroma. Dry hop flavor. Crisp, clean and dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
A very nice looking beer, with a very orange tinted color and nice light tan head. The aroma doesn't match up to the look of the beer, with a fairly typical, but still nice, lager nose. The flavor is very light, with a short dry finish, but this beer just doesn't meet the hype for me. Good, though, nevertheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlamminScott (40) - USA - MAY 6, 2003
This was an excellent beer. Definitely had a fruity taste to it. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2003
This is probably one of my favorite american lagers along with Sam Adams. Nice color with slight cloudiness. Aroma is malty and a little hop fragrance. Very smooth on the palate unlike other lagers which have a little more effervescence to them. This was about the only beer on the menu tonight worth having. It's a shame restaurants don't give their beer selection half the attention their wine menus get.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 This is perhaps my favorite beer. It has a good smell, and a very malty taste. I was not impressed the first few times I drank an Anchor Steam, however now I have drank alot of it, and I believe it gets better the more times you enjoy one of these. Rerate - yeah its good, but its not as good as it was when I first got hooked on good beer. Still something I will drink anytime.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2003
Had this on draught in St. Charles, Illinois. Overrated, but excellent. I actually didn't know what to expect. Appearance of a pale ale with the malty fresh taste of a red. Crystal clear, little head.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - APR 28, 2003
The last of a dying breed, California Steam beer. What a concept. Brewing ale with lager yeast. Pours out a deep copper color. Nice head, malty aromas. Pretty fair beer in all.


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