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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2450) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 [bottled] Copper colour. Thick head, doesn’t stay long though. Sweet toffee aroma with notes of hops. Hoppy bitter almond flavour. Thin body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain/cereal, husks, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of butter, decaying fruit. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Wow, this has gone from ok to below average to terrible over the years. Diacetyl, horrible malt character, and a disgusting aftertaste, both dirty and very husky. Truly repulsive. How do people still drink this at all?!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2002
The style says ’california Common’ but it definetly doesn’t taste common. This is a beer which is refreshing and still keeps its hoppy aroma. very well finished. Go for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2002
My wife got this for me in San Francisco before we were married. I thought it was alright and is definitely better than their Porter or Christmas brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2002
This is a re-rate. I had it on tap and it was an entirely different experience from the bottle. Nice malt and hop balance, with hops getting the edge in the finish. Not a beer I could put down alot of, but it went well with the pizza I was eating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2002
A solid beer with a crispness and relatively smooth, albeit somewhat hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 2, 2002
Fruity cascade hop aroma. Strong malty body with a bitter, fruity, hoppy taste. Good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ridric (10) - Pleasanton, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
Looks good...drinks somewhat less. Not real easy going down with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall, definitely average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1833) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2002
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.

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