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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

4,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,625
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 329 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

A: little to no head with a soda-like carbonation

S: floral and fruity aroma

T: tastes like a lager on the front end, and finishes up with a warm alcohol flavor

M: medium bodied

O: To me this is a very average beer, but I appreciate the backstory of steam beers/California common beers.

09-03-2012 00:03:29 | More by B0BZ1LLA
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1%

I have never tried this on tap and its been awhile since I have had this period so I figured to give it a try yesterday and review it again this time on tap.Pours a deep copper color with light to medium head,a lighter aroma is sweet with a lingering hop presence.The taste is nice and balanced of sweet caramel malt and a dry fruity finish,a very sold American beer a real cant miss selection in my mind.

08-10-2003 16:47:33 | More by oberon
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

Beautiful clear, amber pour with a small foamy head. Very appetizing.

The nose was very dull with nothing distinct standing out in my mind. There was a touch of caramel but it seemed very lightly hopped.

The mouthfeel was pleasant and smooth if not creamy.The taste was light with some maltiness to give it body. And there was a touch of caramel on the fuzzy finish with just a hint of fruitiness.....possibly apricot (again, this was minimal).

For the most part a nice drinking experience but not one that i would call memorable.

06-04-2003 16:28:43 | More by Popsinc
Photo of mojohawk21


2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

04-20-2014 20:50:59 | More by mojohawk21
Photo of RoyalT


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Appearance – Nice copper color with a full, lingering head that laces the glass quite nicely.

Smell – Very pleasant, light aroma of hops, fruits, and even some grain.

Taste – Interesting mix of malts and hops. There’s a touch of sweetness in there as well, especially at the finish. There’s also a sour shadow in the flavor that I can’t quite pick out that I find distracting. It tastes almost like I tossed a lemon in the glass, but I didn’t.

Mouthfeel – This beer has a great mouthfeel. It’s rightly carbonated, thirst-quenching, saliva-activating, and goes down smooth.

Drinkability – This one goes down fine and stands out from the rest of the crowd. It is my wife’s favorite beer to drink, especially in the summer months.

Comments – The sour twang keeps this one off of my, “favorites,” list, but it’s interesting and unique.

08-10-2003 04:00:16 | More by RoyalT
Photo of aszatk01


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-30-2013 03:12:11 | More by aszatk01
Photo of phimonkey


4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2012 20:24:55 | More by phimonkey
Photo of cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-12-2013 06:08:19 | More by cam477
Photo of DanGeo


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-26-2014 11:09:24 | More by DanGeo
Photo of Turbo


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-01-2014 13:19:55 | More by Turbo
Photo of tectactoe


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

I've had this numerous times, just never really got around to taking notes on it. Seems like they have this all over the place in downtown Detroit on tap. Had this particular one at Park Bar. Pours a muddled copper color with lighter hues around the edges, closer to a rustic amber; half clear and half hazy. Slightly gray-tinted head turns to a skin and leaves some small dripping of lace on its way down the glass.

The aroma is pretty bleak and mild; but relaxing and calm may be a more appropriate description. Musty hops, seemingly of the Noble variety (perhaps Saaz?) with a slight touch of leafiness to accompany the musk. Faint grains are the backdrop for the hop play, yet they remain fairly quiet and never interrupt. Very light citrus zest on the tail end. Warming doesn't reveal any more aromas; this beer is pretty simple and straightforward.

The taste begins with a small mouth washing of light biscuit malts and heavy grains; a substantial hop bitterness hits the palate quickly up front and fades away during the remainder of the sip. Citrus zest, lemongrass, and a faint herbal tea leaf flavor comprise a good majority of the rest of the flavor. The finish contains some heavier lager yeast, leaving a crisp and mouth-coating finish; light bitterness and an even lighter fruit zest. Thin bodied with a different mouth feel - borderline "creamy" considering the style and thin body. Lots of carbonation.

Easy drinker; relaxed, mild, and highly quaffable. Nothing tremendous in terms of flavor or aroma, but then again, nothing off-putting or offensive, either. I respect the originality of the style but I think I prefer "Steamy Windows" from Liberty Street over this one, despite its history as the precedent-setter.

04-24-2013 16:08:04 | More by tectactoe
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

A: A deep gold with excellent clarity. The creamy, low off-white head has a very decent retention period.

S: Moderate citrus hops aroma, mainly lemony and a peach and orange-like ester are prominent in the aroma. There is a light biscuty and toasted malt aroma i the background.

T: the flavor is dominated by a moderate hop bitterness and a citrus hops flavor which is again mainly lemon like. There is a decent support from a biscuit and toasty malt flavor with the balance being moderately toward the bitter side. The cirtus hops flavor and bitterness linger a little past the dry finish.

M: moderately-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a light astringency.

O: A crisp and refreshing, somewhat hoppy beer with a nice bit of fruity ester complexity.

09-03-2012 23:46:01 | More by MadScientist
Photo of JeffDam

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-29-2013 12:32:46 | More by JeffDam
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a beautiful effervescent copper color and shows a nice spongey, eggshell head, with no lace really. The nose is herbal hop, sugar, cracked grain, and very faint all around. Taste is smooth, soft, bready grain with a pleasant brassy undertone. The finish is drying, with a faint hop aftertaste. This beer is a great example of one that puts emphasis on malt, yet stays extremely light and refreshing. The mouthfeel is round, smooth, fluffy.

07-04-2007 04:46:33 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of Enrico_il_octovo


4.44/5  rDev +15%

This is a really good beer. The Quintessential California Beer. A tan to amber color with a good foamy head. Lots and lots of aroma and the taste is equally strong and fruity with caramel and coffee undertones. had it on tap and out of the bottle. It's a great beer. I first drank this beer in 1987 and it's still a great beer. If you're an Ale fan you'll like this gem from the city by the Bay.

07-04-2014 00:52:32 | More by Enrico_il_octovo
Photo of Tiernan


4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-26-2013 20:57:26 | More by Tiernan
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.13/5  rDev +7%

Anchor Steam Beer bottled by Anchor brewing Co.
4.9% alcohol. Old' school steam beer can't go wrong with that.

A- Pours a near perfect orangish brown fluid that produces nice fluffy White head that leaves an excellent frothy top decent lacing.
Nice clarity.

S- Rich toasted malts slight citrusy hop presence as well.

T-M- Taste is of rich malted barley, citrusy bite of hops with a grainy touch at the end. Bitterness from the hop upfront gives the malt a playground for flavors only found is this type of beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation to roll it over the tongue nicely.

D- Drinkable as a amber beer gets with all to many reasons why its a good choice.

01-18-2010 20:11:39 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of tbryan5


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-15-2014 02:15:48 | More by tbryan5
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-12-2012 01:06:54 | More by Shakerman
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Poured into a pint glass producing an abundant off-white head with good retention and above average lacing. Color is a clear amber.

S: Nice light smell of malt with faint hints of floral hops.

T: Medium bodied caramel malt flavoring is foremost, but is quickly balanced by light bittering. The slightest hint of sweetness lingers after the swallow.

M&D: Great medium body and abundant carbonation. Very satisfying.

I really liked the Anchor Steam beer. The maltiness & bitterness seemed perfectly matched and balanced with everything else about this beer. The body and carbonation made this both lightly filling and highly enjoyable.

02-05-2008 01:17:52 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-10-2014 18:37:38 | More by joemetric
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-30-2013 07:38:59 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
Photo of JMD71


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Nice coppery color with good clarity. Wonderful malty, caramel smell. Malt flavor prominent. Smooth mouthfeel & easy drinking. Not as hoppy, but with good hop flavor in the finish without being bitter. Could be a bit more carbonated for my taste, but porper for the style.

03-06-2006 15:07:09 | More by JMD71
Photo of Dmann


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

A truly excelent and enjoyable brew. This beer poured a good looking amber color with a nice white head that clung to the glass and left slight lace till the end. The smell was good with a nice earthy malt character. The taste was superb with a nice citrus bite in the beginning, a carmel like maltiness as it washes over your mouth and a great dry citric aftertaste. A unique beer indeed and a great session brew as well.

08-23-2004 10:26:47 | More by Dmann
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-27-2013 05:04:26 | More by soulmanifesting
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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,625 ratings.