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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

4,412 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,412
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 246 | 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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marc956

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good flavour (though an acquired taste, as it is quite unique) that can accompany all kinds of food from pasta to pizza, best served cold. Not easy to find however and a rather upscale beer by domestic standards. (Expect to spend around $10 for a 6pack)

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 17:49:44 | More by marc956
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Anchor Steam Beer: one of the original steam beers. What's a steam beer? There's a fascinating story behind this style: Back in the late 1800's in California Lager was a fast growing style, however it was difficult to brew in the warm climate (Lager yeast works best between 9 to 14 °C and Ale yeast works best between 13 to 24 °C) so the brewers "trained" a Lager yeast to work at Ale yeast temperatures and BAM! Steam beer was born. Steam beer has the characteristics of an Ale but is technically a Lager.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy copper bodied with a cream coloured lush half centimetre head, bit darker than the other steam beers I've tried, however Anchor owns the trademark so this is considered THE classic steam beer.

S: Sweet caramel malts mingle with earthy and herbaceous hops providing a decent Ale aroma. There are also notes of peach and lemon lingering in the background giving the hops a touch of fruitiness as well.

T: Flavour is well balanced, but favours the sweet caramel malts a little more than the fruity/earthy hops. There is some lemon rind bitterness asserting itself in the finish and after taste. It also has this moreish quality that keeps you coming back for another sip, which is the sign of a well-crafted brew.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is awesome - medium bodied with a creamy dense carbonation, not unlike a top shelf Hefeweizen.

D: This beer is modest in its entirety - it screams nothing, it just goes down easy and has the right balance and an interesting enough flavour to keep it unique - a class act all the way. The hard part is deciding which of the two Anchor brews I've tried that I like more, the Liberty Ale is also top-notch, hmmm... I am more of an Ale than a Lager man and the Liberty does tickle my taste bones, yeah I'm gonna go with the Liberty Ale FTW.

Food match: This is such a well-crafted and balanced beer that it would match with almost anything - Beef, pork, poultry, and fish they would all work with this, you decide.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,412 ratings.