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RATINGS: 3313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2003
On tap at Ashley's, Ann Arbor. Exceptionally clean, with a crisp malting and body galore, subtle (only slightly floral) hopping. Delicious and super quaffable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 A light, clean beer (as they put it) with nice subtle flavors. Not much in the aroma department, but based on Anchor's unique brewing techniques, it's hard to know what to expect in this style. It's a nice session beer with a refreshing finish. Good on a hot day!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2003
Clear amber w/ lasting, light beige head. Aroma is malty (burnt caramel, light toast) & hoppy (floral, perfume). Smooth, medium-bodied feel. Flavour is malty (caramel, toast) at first, fruity in the middle, at hoppy, dry, & lightly acidic in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2003
had this on draft - good amber color with a nice-seized head on it. good clean malty taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAY 23, 2003
Amber colour, huge head, really lasting. Malty aroma, quite alcoholic. The flavour is malty too, with some caramel and plums traces. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Not so good as the Liberty ale, but still a pleasant and very refreshing beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
I love this beer and this company. Great Cascade hoppiness and flavour. A very unique beer that has often been imitated but not yet duplicated.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Amber colour, clear and clean. Crisp taste with slight hoppiness, not very noteworthy though. Very common beer in SFBA area while I lived there.

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 (14328) - 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.


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