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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other.

It is a process that combines deep respect for craft brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ML bottle into a large pint glass. Best before date on the bottle listed as July 2011 (a long, long time away).

A - pours a light copper, with very slight cloudiness. The small head goes away quickly and cleanly. Not a lot of obvious carbonation.

S - really hard to pick anything significant out - a slight hint of toasty malt lingers in the background, but nothing else I can detect.

T - not a lot up front, but then a slight hoppiness followed by a distinct bitterness. A very slight hint of iron at the end.

M - nice mouthfeel, a light shot of carbonation off the start smoothing out to accentuate the bitterness.

D - quite drinkable - many of these could go down in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an orangey-amber body with an inch of frothy, white head.

Smell: Mild caramel, bready malts with a savory spicy, peppery note and teensy weensy hint of berry fruitiness.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly caramel-coated maltiness. Not much sweetness. Tiniest bit of fruit -- watch out or you'll miss it. Tiny touch of acidity. Spicy, peppery hops, maybe a small pinch of lemon zest, too. Medium-low bitterness. Finishes dry and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired quite well with the film Karate Kid playing in the background. A fine, drinkable brew all around that appeals to my session beer sensibilities.

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Photo of biggmike
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with thick creamy head. Very drinkable beer and like the other Anchor entries that I’ve tried(Porter and Liberty Ale) very tasty and satisfying. The head was not that long lasting and the lacing was mediocre. Still, an excellent beer that I would recommend. Flavor grows on you.

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Photo of philbe311
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Rich bronze color w/ redish highlights... Head quickly diminishes... Little or no lacing... Very still...

S - Fruit and malts... Hops... Sugar...

T - Biscuit... Tart fruit... Hops... Nutty flavor...

M - Dry... Light carbonation... Thick and heavy...

D - Not bad, but not my cup of tea (or bottle of beer)... My first steam beer... I'm happy I tried, but definately a one and done...

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightcopper hue with a slightly off-white head that rose up to be about three fingers high and quickly died down to a quarter inch of foam. A few columns of beading can be found. No laceing is noticed.

Smell: The aroma has a nice grassy hop character, along with some floral notes. This has a very pleasant sweet malt profile. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose. Grassy hops, the taste of flowers with a vague alcohol is definitely present. No sweet malts like the nose. Just some light fruit accents.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Goes down easy and has a "suds" finish.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer overall, but its not something out of the ordinary. Just an easy going, go to beer.


Cheers2Beers

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Photo of mgironta
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body is a clear amber color with mild visible carbonation. The nose is really muted. And I mean muted to the point that I was sticking my face in the glass and couldn’t get much. I was really searching and got a slight hint of hops. The taste was boring at best. There was a crispness to it, which was the good part. Otherwise, I got some malt on it with a hint of hops. Wow this is just bland. It goes down easily but I think my qualm is more with the style. It’s just very boring to me. I could easily put a few back, but I really wouldn’t want to. Finish is quick and unremarkable. This one just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 April 2006, Best Before Jun 07

Anchor Steam is an amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour is a fairly even balance between toasted malt and leafy, herbal hops. It's also rather creamy and has some bubblegum sweetness. Didn’t mind this.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of bottles of Anchor Steam beer at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale amber color and is clear. A thick creamy head forms and is quite resilient. The beer appears mildly carbonated.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There is a floral scent along with an aroma of grain.

The taste is generally unremarkable. A heavy cereal or biscuit flavor up front, followed by a mildly bitter hop taste.

The mouth feel is dry and perhaps a bit flat.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s a bit average in terms of taste, but a drinkable beer just the same.

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Photo of botham
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a rich amber color with a sizable light orange head that remains for a couple minutes.

aroma is malty, with potent caramel malts, and a base of sark fruit. almost earthy overall, with a bold character.

taste is of caramel malts mainly, with a dry and bitter finish and a subtle hop character. not much else here besides the caramel malts and dark fruit.

mouthfeel is light bodied, and a bit watery. this brew could use a bit more body for the flavors present.

drinkability is decent. this is a bitter brew without much hop character. the malts are well proportioned, but the body is not there to back them up.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a 3/4" light tan head, which fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Not much of an aroma at all, but what is there smells "like beer"...slightly hoppy and slightly malty. It smells like what you remember beer smelling like as a child. As the beer hits your tongue, there is a slight hop bitterness. As you begin the swallow, the bitterness changes to a malt presence that is not sweet. The bitterness reappears for the aftertaste. This is a rather strange blend. It is not my favorit beer, but it is very satisfying in warm weather and also when served with just about any meal. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of goz
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a light amber/copper, small white head quickly diminishes and leaves very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity, with some hops sneaking in the end. Flavor starts sweet, maybe slightly bready in the middle, and a good hoppy ending. I remember liking this more before than I seem to now.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a nice golden/amber color with a good inch of frothy off-white foam. Pretty thick lacing present; it almost looks as though the head is creeping back up the glass. The beer is nearly clear and there is a good deal of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smell is mostly caramel malt with a touch of yeast. There is also a bit of hop aroma and citrus sweetness. Notwithstanding all that, the smell of this beer is fairly understated. Typical lager aroma.

Taste: Given the mild, malty scent of this beer, I was quite surprised with the amount of bitterness I tasted. The predominant flavor is citrus right off the bat, but it gives way to more of an earthy, grainy finish. Pretty dry on the back-end, and in my personal opinion, the beer lacks a little depth. I know the flavor is unique, and maybe it's the lager fermentation at higher temps, but I found myself wanting a little more of the sweetness I detected in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with moderate to high carbonation. Fairly dry and crisp, and almost a touch watery.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy beer to drink, and even though it's pretty bitter, the bite is soft enough that you could down a few of these if you wanted to. Refreshing and decent for a low ABV beer.

I bought this beer because of the unique way in which it is fermented. Maybe my expectations were somewhat askew, but my impressions of this beer are so so. I guess I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say it knocked my socks off.

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Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a burnt orange in color with a billowing and soapy off white head. It's pretty translucent and is light bodied. The smell is lightly malty with little else, other than some slight sweetness to it. The taste is pretty solid. It's very malty and has some light caramel accent to it. It drinks pretty smoothly and is pretty light and well carbonated. The bubbling stayed active the entire time. It's pretty drinkable but I can't compare it to anything else from the style. I liked it for being a lighter beer but wouldn't necessarily go back.

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Photo of Chambic
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01.19.10 at The Ambassador

A: clear, rich copper with intricate lacing

S: can't really smell much, except for maybe a little bit of caramel sweetness

T: nice and needly, with a malty finish

M: the level of carbonation makes it very refreshing

D: a nice session beer

I love $2 Tuesdays. This is the best you can do if you gotta do beer there.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Very clear, with a thin head and lots of bubbles. The colour is an enchanting nutty brown, bordering on reddish amber.

S: Malted barley and beer. Not much else.

T: Not too crazy about this one, but it's alright. It's light and grainy with an interesting sweet and tangy kick. Aftertaste is lightly dry and vaguely bitter.

M: Feels pretty nice -- carbonated, sweet, with just enough zest to make things interesting.

D: It's a good enough beer, but not one I'd care to drink very often.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Attractive amber/orange color. Small head that diminishes to virtually no head quite quickly.

Aroma/Flavor: I'm not that talented at picking out a half dozen hints of flavors from beers, but orange peel is the one that jumps out at me with this one.

Overall: Quite good. An enjoyable beer. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of lawman834
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper with a creamy head that's tall but goes away fast.

S-Kinda hoppy and grassy. Not very strong.

T-Not bad at all. Balanced to a little on the hoppy side. Has a little bit of a strange metallic taste.

M-Very bright and carbonated in the mouth. A little slick on the finish.

D-Pretty darn drinkable. It does however leave a little of that odd metallic aftertaste in my mouth and a bit of that slicknees on my tounge.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a lot different than what I remember from when I was in SF. For some reason I had the distinct memory of sour dough bread and not particularly liking it. But then again that was a few years ago and my tastes have changed since then. The beer poured out of the bottle with a finger-width head on top that dissappeared down to a thin film with a lace that clung to the sides of the glass. The color was a burnt, clear copper. The hops are not overly complex and roll over the tongue very smoothly. However, I did notice slight hints of lemon and sugar. But what gets me is how much smoother a beer it is now than what I remember.

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Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with floral, piny hops, sweet malt and light fruit. Hints of caramel, toffee and nut.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture that adds fullness to the palate. Crisp floral hop presence up front that's only faintly dry and bitter. This is countered by the sweet malt and light fruit notes. Hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee, hazelnut and apricot. Well balanced and easy to drink. There is nothing outstanding about this beer but it's well crafted and sessionable.

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Photo of JamesBerry
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, with a great head. Smells simultaneously fruity, tangy and malty. This possesses a bitter taste, though deep and malty, and with an aftertaste that is even more bitter. Not surprisingly, this was rather complex, and an impressive example of a truly unique style.

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Photo of ArcTeryx
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber with an orange-ish hue. There is a thick, slightly creamy looking head present. After the beer settled a bit, there was a small amount of lacing. This beverage smelled of caramel, with a slight citrus aroma as well.

This beer has a certain maltiness throughout, with a very light citrus flavor. There is a small amount of hoppiness in the aftertaste.

This is a tasty beer, with a good flavor. For me though, it has a bit too much maltiness to really be viable for sessionability. However, as previously suggested by others, this is a great beer for summertime, so drink up!

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Photo of TobiasGoth
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
A clear and effervescent amber/light brown with traces of blood red in it. One finger off-white head. A fizzy but fast settling beer.

Smell
Loads of rich malt, then some light and elegant hops, followed by limey sensation. It’s a sweet and sour story really.

Taste
Sweet malts firstly, bitter and astringent secondly. There’s a note of orange seeds too.

Mouthfeel
A light to medium corpus, balanced and normal amount of carbon dioxide, very much a presence though. A buttery smooth liquid.

Known as a California Common, with it’s characteristic Norther Brewer hops, Anchor Steam Beer is Anchor Brewing Company’s flagship product.

I remember enjoying my very first bottle during the summer of 2002 at Fisherman’s Wharf, travelling through the state of California. There was a big old sea gull sitting next to me, watching as I drank the brew.

Many years and beers have passed ever since and although it’s never been a favorite of mine it’s a damn good lager that I enjoy occasionally.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I seem to be the only one here who smelled straight up banana on the nose of this one. This was while the head was still foaming, but it was pretty prevalent. Otherwise I had trouble getting anything out of this beer. It's not really something I would want again, but I feel like I need to try again and parse out more flavors.

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Photo of heavy216
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: small 12oz bottle, huge fist of head which would no die, good/average amount of lacing, amber/gold in color, medium carbonation

S: very fruity smell

T/M: good mouthfeel, refreshing....taste average nothing special slightly fruity like the smell

D: little to no alcohol flavor....very enjoyable on nice day

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,996 ratings.