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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

5,054 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,054
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 484 | 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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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange body and a nice thick white head from an aggressive pour. Leaves plenty of lace on the way down.

Doughy and bready malt with a hop character that is mostly herbal and gets a little floral and citric.

Light hop bitterness. Toasted bready malt and with those herbal and slightly citrus hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Slight crispness to it.

Packs some nice flavor. Can't believe it took me so long to crack open this craft beer staple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cold bottle with a frigid, ice-crusted beer mug. Once I let both warm for about 10 minutes, I was all set to pour beer into glass. Dark amber with a heavy dose of orange. The head was eggshell white and firm. It had decent staying power and left several thick rings of lace.

The smell was of earthy hops, not a bit floral or citrusy. The flavor was of earthy hops and grain. There was a mild-moderate amount of bitterness without much hop flavor, but it was still pretty good stuff.

The finish was long and bitter and the beer dried out a bit at the very end. The mouthfeel was firm, seamless and smooth. Anchor Steam is a true American classic.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of phimonkey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Turbo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JeffDam
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Enrico_il_octovo
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Shakerman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joemetric
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,054 ratings.