SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"To the American who has tasted nothing but Budweiser, a sampling of Anchor Steam can be a shock. To Jack the Lad with his Union Jack vest and can of Ersatzenbrau Lager Anchor Steam might seem dangerously like a Bitter. On the other hand, it might appear relatively tame to a real ale drinker weaned on Fuller’s ESB." Michael Jackson (www.beerhunter.com). I love the story of the washing machine manufacturer’s son, Fritz Maytag, buying up the struggling brewery because he loved the beer so much. Even here in the UK Anchor Steam Beer is legendary, and it’s such a pleasure to discover that it actually tastes good! The unusual brewing method produces an unusual and - I thought - unique beer. It’s interesting to note that there are other breweries in California producing this strange hybrid. Jackson’s comments hit the problem right on the head - too fruity for a lager, too thin for an ale. But a Vienna or a Bock can produce the same confusions and no one complains. I found the intense raison fruit, and the delicate hop dance complex and satisfying enough to overcome any problems with the thin body. A very freshing and delightful beer.
trent99 (8) - San Jose, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this micro-brew! One of the best that I have tasted. Nothing harsh about it with a crisp finish!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Banana notes in the aroma. Flavor is mainly dry with a refreshing bitter finish. A good beer for the warm season.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Crystal clear. Creamy head that fades fast. Clean malt and hop aroma. Medium bitterness. Some caramel malt flavor. Slight graininess. Slight metallic flavor. Medium body. Excellent when fresh.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice beer, not great. Somewhat hoppy, malty, fairly light tasting.
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 I hadn't had this in quite awhile, with all of the other more recent micros now out there. This is still an outstanding beer. It is a hazy, somewhat amber color. The aroma is somewhat floral with hop notes. The taste is slightly sour. Nice blance of malts and hops. One of the originals is still one of the best.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Their porter is much better, but this is a very distinct beer. From what I’m told, it goes great with seafood, and from the flavor, I can tell that it probably does.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colored. A fat head sinks quickly. Nice malty nose and start. A little watery. Bitter finish is a bit off balance. Session brew.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color with a big, quick fading head. Nice balance, with a sweet malt start and some dry bitterness in the finish. A very quaffable brew.
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has an ligth amber colour. Nice head. Aroma on this sample was a lillte yeasty. Had a good malty flavour, but wasn’t as complex as i’ve hoped. Nice beer.