Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.4/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up recently to break out of the hefe's and witbier's that I've been enjoying lately. Summer's gonna end soon, and as the weather cools, I'll need to adjust to heavier and hoppier beers. Thankfully, this one has always been one of my old standby's, and it's always had a great drinkablity and timelessness to it. Before I really got into drinking craft beers and microbrews, this was one of the first non-macro's that I enjoyed, and to this day, it's still up there in my view!
Great pour - a very nice burnt orange hue to it, generous head, and lots of carbonation, to boot. The lacing could have been better, but that's about the only problem I have with this beer. The taste is simply amazing, in that it never hits ya over the head, but it very slowy and subtly grows as the beer warms and the serving gets further and further down the glass. Floral, citrus, metallic, leather, and hop notes can all be felt here, but the bitterness is not as overt as it is in Sierra Nevada's or Stone's offerings. The bitterness is just right, lingers nicely, and the carbonation and foaming in the front as I swish it balance it out perfectly.
For the summer - it's light and filling. For the colder months, it has a very nice warming effect without breaking me into a sweat. For the novice drinker, the 4.90% ABV is a perfect reason to use this as a session beer and an introduction into offerings from the West Coast. This is a less-spicy version of Anchor's Special Ale and just as solidly crafted as their other non-flagship offerings. I can't say enough great things about this beer. Just as Todd said, everyone should try this once!
P.S. - I love this bottle shape!
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2006 07:10:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass
A- Opens ok. Pours a good 1" head that stays for a bit
S- Malt and yeast. Pretty smooth on the nose. Hint of grapefruit
T- Malty good. Not too roasted at all but lots of it. Touch of hops that are overpowered by the aforementioned malt!
M- Dry and crisp
- Ok. Nothing special and will not buy again. Don't get me wrong it's not bad, just nothing special that's all
This ok beer went well with... Hamburgers. I don't use a lot of toppings so for me it's meat and bun off the BBQ
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 17:05:33 | More by DaveBar
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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