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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gonzimodo99 (26) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2001
Nice, drinkable beer that feels lighter than it really is.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elfez99 (2) - USA - SEP 16, 2001 does not count
As delectable as the city it comes from. I was just ’stranded’ in SF as a result of the tragedies and it cerainly helped cope.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2001
Great flavor - good bitterness, nice clean. Very slight astringency at finish but no lingering aftertaste. Go out & get some!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2001
Not that this is a bad beer - but this brewery’s other products make a high standard to match.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2001

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
galietti (12) - USA - SEP 6, 2001
This beer was great until near the end. It tasted like baking soda.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - SEP 4, 2001
Good beer. Very filling and long lasting aroma. I can see why this is a classic. Much like Bass or Harp in that I think it would be a good beginning beer for those used to the three stooges (Bud, Miller, and Coors). A question though, if you had to nail it down as either a lager or an ale, wouldn’t it be a lager since lager yeast is used?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2056) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2001
A quality beer that lacks the palability and drinkability of Sierra for me. I’ve found much variance which may add to my reticence and appreciation. After visiting the brewery, it’s obvious Liberty Ale is their best beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldstyle99 (4) - Kentfield, California, USA - SEP 3, 2001 does not count
One of our best in CA. Virtually unmatched in its style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2001


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