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RATINGS: 3232   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
The color is a bright amber brown topped with a medium thick head. the aroma is slightly sweet with malt and underlined with hops. the flavor is malty sweet turning woody and hoppy in the middle and finishing with a mellow dry hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2002
In my notes I wrote down ’what’s the big deal about this beer?’ The enduring bitterness and curious flavors make this a step up on most American swill--perhaps the key to its popularity--but overall I wasn’t turned on to this. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
a rarity in brewing...by far one of the best mmicrobrews ever.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002
Maybe I got a bad batch, but to me this is overpriced swill.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2002
This IS steam beer. If you’re a fan of the style, this is it. Besides that, it’s very tasty. Medium bodied, sharp, and clean. I’m not familiar with the intricacies of brewing, but there’s a distinct difference between regular lagers and steam beer. Steam beer tastes more robust and "wetter". One of my summertime through autumn favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Has a darker amber color and a strong taste with a light fruity taste. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and fruitiness. Overall not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2002
A decent beer. Not too hard to drink, maybe a bit strong on the first sip. Quite full-flavored.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2002
This is a good kind of everyday beer, which is a good thing! It is easy to drink. Has a nice full flavor, that is mildly hoppy. Very crisp. The mouthfeel is sort of medium, not really watery, but not thick either. Very good poured from a bottle or from draught.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Light brown color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice malt sweetness, balanced by a nice hop spiciness. Mild taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is very full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A simple well made beer. Classic style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Excellent beer with a good flavor. Smooth and well balanced. Not as good as the Liberty Ale or Anchor porter though.


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