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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2152) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Small head, nice amber color. Malty taste with a nice hoppy finish to balance it out. One of my favorite beers. Used to have to go to California to enjoy. How times have changed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
While a little, expensive, I enjoyed this beer. Medium to small head with a cloudy appearance. Very well balanced and smooth drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2003
A smooth crisp beer, with a nice copper color, and a very nice head with a sweet smooth taste and nice fruit aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Nice, well-balanced brew. Very malty, deep rich color and aroma, with a little hops to even it out. Very sweet and robust, cloying and thick.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- deep amber color, good aroma, flavor is fruity, slightly bitter but not overpowering

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7876) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Pour a nice medium to dark amber, with a small head. Aromas were malty, and tastes were like sweet bread, perhaps honey loaf.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Amber with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor of malt, bread and hops. Reminds me of Pizza Hut breadsticks.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2/16/03: bottle. good amount of off- white head. light, golden- amber colour. honey and hops to the taste. nice and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2003
I used to love this beer, and at one point it may have been one of the finest American craft beers. It certainly was the best craft beer I could find back east. It is still good but there is so much more competition now. Malt and hops, sweet, with a bitter finish. Beautiful copper color, good hear.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Fond memories of this beer. One of the few good beers in California that was available in the past. Malty aroma with caramel and hops. Copper amber color with a light head. Hoppy flavor with a caramel, honey sweetness and malty backbone. Bitter aftertaste. Slight creaminess, medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Goes well with quite a few seafood dishes.


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