leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don't believe I've ever had a poorly made beer from Anchor. Apples and malt is the theme in this one. Orange colored with a hint of apples and malt in the nose. Smooth but somewhat light on the palate with the apple and malt flavors dominating. Easy drinking beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep gold. Nose is very malty, but of hops. Rather harsh flavor, has a vaguely skunked lagerish character to it. Eh.
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured orange, very interesting. Very malty, some hops included to keep things interesting. Fruits present, apples. A very drinkable lager for, for a stout man like me.
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice "every day" beer. The color and aroma were nice and the alcohol level was good but not noticable. A fair amount of hops and malt and altogether out of the general american beer class.
piscator34 (2271) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one, but I was very impressed. A pleasing orange colour, with a small white head. Very well balanced between the hops and the malt. Finished nice and clean too. Would be a good "everyday" type of beer.
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber orange with a small frothy white lace leaving head. Doesn't smell very strong, but nice and balanced, a little grapefruity hoppishness, with some flowery sweetness. Taste is somewhat fruity and malty, good bitterness too, mostly bitter finish. Crisp and pleasing mouthfeel. Nice refresher of a beer.
pintocb (649) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice finish, but not much head. I will buy this beer again. I prefer my beer to be heavier when this bitter. This is a lighter feeling beer with a bitter flavor.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Dark amber very fizzy beer, but with little head. Taste is very dry and bitter, but a hint of cherries somewhere in there.Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.3. Average unaltered
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Extra cool point for consuming this while riding around on a yacht in San Francisco Bay, on the company dime. Light amber orange appearance, slight hop aroma. Flavor was clean, mild, with a bit of hops. Decent, not special, but still a classic no matter what. RERATE: 3/21/2010 - had this again for the first time in a little while as part of a BJCP training session - my usual complaint about Anchor Steam - if this is supposed to be a "showcase" for the Northern Brewer hop, why are the woodsy and minty notes so muted? The hops are there, but just not that up front. Still mildly annoyed with Anchor for trademarking "steam." Score remains the same.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer, with a small, off-white head. Aroma is of floral hops, though is restrained. Nicely balanced flavour, clean, simple, not overly hoppy. Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not bad. Bottle.