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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

4,477 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 118
Gots: 268 | 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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GMB

Japan

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Anchor Steam Beer yields a medium amber brew and a slightly off-white head with less staying power than expected. Golden highlights appear when the beer is held against a backlight. Carbonation is moderate.

The nose is less impressive than I recall, but nonetheless inviting. Toasty malts are clean and up front. Lingering in the background are some musty, grassy hops; no herbal or floral qualities are appreciable.

Balanced bitterness is the key to this beer's flavor profile. Bittering hops immediately assert themselves, and blend with toasted grain flavors to create woody, rustic flavors. Damp hay, freshly cut lumber, and just a hint of apple cider on the back end.

The mouthfeel is slightly astringent, but the beer's fullness nicely complements its earthy flavors, and a whirl around the tongue kicks up some respectably dense foam.

Overall, a much better beer than I remember. This is what hoppy bitterness is supposed to do to a beer's taste. I could drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 17:44:55 | More by GMB
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A - Orangey- gold with a hint of chill haze. Not much head, but a decent short-lived lace.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,477 ratings.