Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Illini5596:
4.6/5 rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Revisiting this beer to give a more full review. When I first cut my teeth on this beer in 2005, I was just getting into the world of real craft beers. Prior to that I only had experience with a handful of craft beers and while a bit of a beer snob, I was not the connoisseur I am today.
Head is rather impressive and very foamy with some lingering lace, easily an inch and a half of head after the pour. The head has a creamy texture, which isn't very sticky at all, even the lace is frothy and foamy in comparison to other beers. Color is a beautiful amber, and crystal clear.
The smell is full of grains, hops, and a fresh cleanness that I associate with steam beer in general.
This is still one of my favorite "every day" beers. It isn't too strong, yet has a lot of character. The taste begins sweep and slightly sharp, hints of citrus and hops, then smooths out to a nice biscuit creamy full flavor that leaves you with a refreshing after taste.
Mouthfeel is very soft, velvety and satisfying.
Still one of the most drinkable beers around. I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.
====Old Review is below====
I've had Anchor Steam in both the bottle and on tap, it's an excellent experience either way. It has become my defacto beer of choice when I can find nothing else on the menu. I'm not saying it is strictly a fall back beer, it's pretty much my ale of choice all things being equal, and it is a right enjoyable brew. It just tends to show up as one of the few good beers on some of lists in town, when I'm not at a true beer drinker's bar.
While not as excellent as some beers, don't be surprised when this one turns out to be one of your favorites. It's good old reliable, good to the core, and a good beer to start out any night.
Serving type: on-tap
04-15-2007 04:28:05 | More by Illini5596
More User Reviews:
3.24/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz into a conical pint.
A - Orangey- gold with a hint of chill haze. Not much head, but a decent short-lived lace.
S - BLAND. Not much muchness. But not terrible. A hint of something resembling a respectable beer.
T - Very fruity with wildflowers.
M - Dry fruit and some... thing.
O - Begging forgiveness. Not at all familiar with California Steam beer. This just wasn't bad at all. It's like my opinion of Belgian beers: they just have their own little thing going on. My first impression? Honestly? "So this is what happens when you ale a lager!" Give me another try next summer.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 00:23:15 | More by TheVenerableMead
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,476 ratings.