40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity cascade hop aroma. Strong malty body with a bitter, fruity, hoppy taste. Good session beer.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You can taste the effort of combining ale complexity with lager smoothness. It doesn’t succeed on all fronts but this is still good beer. Sharp, hoppy taste with slightly fruity flavoring. It does leave a bit of a bad aftertaste.
ridric (10) - Pleasanton, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Looks good...drinks somewhat less. Not real easy going down with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall, definitely average.
JFGrind (1776) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2003 Re-Rate. Original rating 3.7. I've been wanting to re-rate Anchor Steam for a couple months now. My friend came out from San Francisco and brought me a few 22 ounce "bombers" of the Steam. The beers were really fresh and it compelled me to re-rate. This beer is full of flavor and has a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Good almost anytime of the year, and best when on draft.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was pretty good, not what i expected, nice bitterness, but had an edgy taste, could have been a bit more well rounded, but it was still pleasant.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 25, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully balanced beer. The color just says ’drink me.’ The flavor is slightly fruity, with a modest amount of hops. Clean mouth feel - goes down well with a nice finish. Goes well with pizza, burgers, pub food and just about anything, but this brew has enough umpf to stand alone as a good drinking beer.
Norton (327) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2001
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Too filling. Pleasant hops, indeed. Can sometimes be just too watery or lacking in flavor. I seem to stumble onto ths stuff in varying degrees of taste & freshness. Only a hair above average.
JohnnyDefective99 (36) - USA - DEC 21, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
it’s up thier with some of the better beers.
rauchbier (3497) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
liked the orange-amber colour, but compared to the Liberty ale this is thin and lacking in flavour.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i decided to try this again and rerate. not that much different really...has a pleasant taste, but there is really nothing distinct about it. i take a drink and try to discern flavors, but still i dont get much.