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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,278 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,278
Reviews: 1,936
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 163
Gots: 716 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Ratings: 5,278 | Reviews: 1,936
Photo of craftgirl99
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

great tasting steam beer i enjoyed the refreshinh taste. would drink this all summer long.

Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, poured into tall tulip.

A: Didn’t look overly lively, golden, small head, poor retention, barely any lacing, slightly hazy.

S: Very malty, also had some Saaz style floral aroma.

T: Bitter Malts and charcoal.

M: Sticky texture, minimal carbonation, coarse edge from the bitterness.

O: A bit like a Franconian Kellerbier, not bad but not great either.

Photo of JoeyDubs
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to be little bias in rating this particular beer. This was the beer that got me into Micro Beers, hence the rating is so HIGH.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. Imminently drinkable, dry, refreshing. First & best California common I've tasted.

Photo of RyanKM
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this beer a lot

Photo of Jbowmann
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing wrong with this beer. Reminds me of a bock but less boozy

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought my first one of these in 1983 and I have had thousands since. I drink at least a 12 pack each week. One of the best readily available American beers that you can find anywhere.

Photo of Aurora83
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper colour with a slight tangerine head. Aroma: Fruity esters from the yeast, caramel sweetness from the malt as well as a earthiness from the hops. Flavour: Caramel, candy like sweetness,pleasant bitterness. Like this beer a lot

Photo of Libeertarian
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very lucid and clear amber with off-white bubbly head of medium retention. Aromatically it is caramel, bread, and esters. Grainy and sweet up front. Crisp, bready, lightly hopped finish. Light to medium bodied and watery with fairly moderate carbonation. Not as good of a beer as I had hoped. I would prefer a pilsner or a decent all-malt pale/premium to this, to be honest. But it's really not a bad beer.

Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - average brown color with 2-finger foam head

S - Not very complex. It just smells like beer, not sure what else other than earthy, woodsy scent.

T - What else.....beer! It has a very clean, strong bite to it. Not sure what they did to the barley malt but it is pretty strong

F - Easy to drink feeling and sessionable, but complex in flavor.

O - This beer is mostly made of malts, but the intensity is very good for the stronger palates. Certainly a historic and delicious beer for any beer lover.

Photo of MikeDL
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer, I tried this brew a couple years ago and just tried it again the other day and I almost forgot how good this brew actually is. This is one of those beers that you just have to try!

Photo of chadski
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Might be the most over-rated beer I've had. Fairly ordinary ale with the usual malty aromas and bready flavors. Decent hoppy finish.

Photo of mageek52
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this for a tasty refreshing something different.

Photo of Fitzy01
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent beer. Very drinkable. I would buy this any time on any occasion

Photo of WyethBednar
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright orangey-amber. Creamy tan head and good lacing throughout. Carbonation very visible. Overall, very inviting looking and very tasty looking.

Smell: Not much. Slight notes of malt and sweetbread

Taste: Strong grain notes, very bready. Malty backbone with a slight dry finish. Very easy to drink, but not that exciting.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Good carbonation and very quaffable.

Overall, this is a good beer for what it is. Very drinkable and also very sessionable. Not a very overpowering or interesting flavor palate, but I don't think that's what they were intending here. This is essentially a more finely crafted take on a standard American amber lager

Photo of Bunman3
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tremendous beer, in so many ways. It looks, smells, and tastes great. The combination of malt and hops is such that you have substantial flavor, a clean finish, and an incredibly drinkable beer. I picked this up to celebrate a special moment, and it absolutely fit the bill. This is truly a world class beer.

Photo of PatrickCT
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Clear, deep amber honey color. Light one finger head. No real lacing.

s: Slight malt and caramel aroma.

t: Bitter and graining taste but in a good way. Toast, malt, copper flavors follow.

mf: nice carbonation, grainy mouth feel. A little bitter.

o: an interesting beer. Very unique. A very pleasant beer that I enjoyed this time where as 10 years ago I disliked.

Photo of chaseparker9
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is pretty one sided. Nothing special, Anchor needs to update their shit

Photo of demon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - The color of honey. Poured with a tall thin head which dissipated to essentially nothing in seconds.

S - Smells light and a little hoppy.

T - Delighted with very strong toast, caramel, and yeast-imparted flavors. The hops provide a bitter tease in the aftertaste that contrasts very well with bread yeast dominant flavors. It's really good!

F - Crisp. Lightly carbonated.

O - I was quite blown away by this beer. It is really good! I had been putting off trying this one for a while because a coworker said she wasn't a fan of it, so I assumed it wasn't good. As a matter of fact, this is a very enjoyable beer. If you are into bread-dominant flavors, this one will sing to you. Couldn't see myself drinking this one frequently, but I'm sure it'd pair well with a plate of fish and chips, or crab cioppino. It probably would be an excellent choice for cooking with.

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having drank beer every weekend for 15 or 20 years, I had a month-long diet/workout that didn't allow for beer or other alcohol. I had a while to plan for my "first" beer celebrating the end of this apocalypse and craved an Anchor Steam. Not disappointed--I'm a little surprised I hadn't rated or reviewed this one before.

Pours maybe one shade lighter than a pale ale with a 1 or 2-finger whitish head. Crackery, mildly spicy, crisp & refreshing. Mild floral aura. Sessionable, as far as I'm concerned. Not overly complex, so neither does this review need to be.

And it may seem petty, but I have always loved the whole package of Anchor beers--the roundish bottle, the label, the cap. Maybe I'm a little over-sensitive after having been "away"...

Photo of jooler
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice crisp taste. It's like a hoppy lager

Photo of 31Sam13
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I rated this higher than I thought I would, but I sat down and thought and thought and this beer, to me is unique enough and so incredibly drinkable that I had forgotten that I had spent a couple years drinking only this stuff ( well, the predominant, on-hand brew). It's very good and a bit underrated.

Photo of Blackpond
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The go to beer period..

Photo of zac16125
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mug
no bottling dates


A: Light amber, crystal clear, lots of carbonation bubbles, 2plus fingers width of dense slightly off-white colored head builds quickly and has great retention. Leaves a ton of lacing. 4.5

S: Malty, caramel, sweet, bread yeast, very subtle hop spice. 3.5

T: More hops than on the nose, with bitterness, floral notes, and some hop spice. Lots of malty characters, particularly caramel malt. Very nice lager combo of malts and hops. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Solid beer. Nothing spectacular but hits most of when I look for in a solid lager style beer. 3.75

Photo of Bali_hi
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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