pilsnerrogge (2450) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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?!
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid beer with a crispness and relatively smooth, albeit somewhat hoppy finish.
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 (1375) - 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 (1833) - 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.