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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

1,932 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 5,516
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 185
Gots: 927 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear reddish amber color with a finger of quickly disappearing head. Few bubble stream to the top and from there becomes quite placid.

S: sweet earthy candied malts, yeast, molasses and hay.

T/M: Dry light sloshy liquid with good carbonation and slightly mouth numbing. Earthy, caramal malt with a small citrus backbone. Maybe hint of wood. Dry, crisp finish.

O: Nice drinkable beer with mild but delicious flavor. Well done.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a big head that slowly fades to half an inch.Aroma is very weak.Taste is grapefruit and some other weak citrusy blend.I honestly don't know what to say about this beer.Overall it's slightly above average but there's nothing there that makes you want to come back for more.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a copper color, w/ an off white head. Average carbonation and lacing.

S- Malt, grain, slight fruit... Fairly weak, I'd like the nose to be a little stronger, even for the style.

T- Same general profile as the smell. Not bad for the style, but not exactly great either, thus the score. Some yeast in the taste as well.

M- Fairly malty w/ a bitter tinge to it. Full bodied for the style.

O- Not crazy about this one, but it's better than BMC products. Not recommended at this time.

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Photo of pants678
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a standard english pint. Produced a two finger, white head. The color is stark amber with some deeper browns toward the middle and lighter orange and carmel colors at the edges.

Not getting much of anything from the nose... there is no smell.

Pungent flavors of light but defined malts. There's a bread taste that's balanced out with tinges of citrus. It's a medium bodied beer that makes its mark on the edges. It's very well balanced. The selling point is the back end for me, a toasted flavor that sits just long enough.

Anchor's Steam is all about texture. It has a very pleasant mix of frothy and creamy, but not overly so. Carbonation is nice, feels big, expansive, but fits this brew to cushion what could be harsher flavors.

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Photo of youngleo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a good head that lasted a while. Head was slightly off white. Also had some lacing. Poured gold in color. Smelled very light. Maybe a little malt. Tasted very light also. Some citrus and hops. Then again very light tasting. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. I thought maybe a little too much carbonation. I will buy these again on occasion. I just wouldnt want to make this a session beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Transparent Golden amber body with minimal white head. Head fades rather quickly. Leaves behind little lacing in the glass.

S- Somewhat of a dry fruity nose with accents of hops. Caramel malt in the background.

T- Dry fruits and some spicy hops with a lager yeast backbone. Finish is a balance of caramel malt and bitter hops. Sweet caramel malt lingers.

M- High carbonation and thin lager body. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a pretty drinkable brew-but nothing special. It was interesting to try this steam beer. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. A legitimate B beer. Pretty refreshing and would probably pair well with most foods. Would not go out of my way for it, but would not avoid it either.

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Photo of searsclone
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden amber with a thin white head.

smells dry and earthy and nutty

tastes nutty and hoppy, kind of sharp on the back of the throat

not many bubbles from the carbonation, but definitely not flat, not much aftertaste.

I can see and taste why this beer has been around for so long.

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Photo of thekanna
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with huge, white frothy head that remains. Leaves a coat of lace on my glass.

Smell: Yeasty and warm horse-trough like. Slight notes of sweetness, but this is overcome by a macro lager-type sour cooked vegetable smell.

Taste: Interesting. Bready malts go down smoothly to reveal a long-lasting hop bitterness. Hops just will not dissipate; they leave quite a memorable bite.

Overall: Drinkable, but too much like a BMC to waste the extra couple of bucks on for a sixer.

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Photo of phishgator
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured into a pint glass with a nice deep amber/copper hue. The head is fluffy white and dissapates quite quickly. The aroma is of weak grains, very faint. The taste is o little bitter in the front and in the back. There is the balance of malt and hop in the body, but they just impress. The total brew could be a decent stand by at the bar where not much else is going on. Probably the only one of this style that I've had and I could just not know what I'm looking for.

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Photo of blackc5
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at about 45F into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber and perfectly clear. Massive cloudlike head that takes forever to fade. Decent lacing. A beauty.

S - Very mild aromas, mostly of malt. Caramel and toast. Some hops sneak in as well.

T - Light in flavor, the lager yeast is immediately noticeable. Malty with just a touch of bitterness from the very mild, floral hops. Mostly dominated by toasty malt.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth. Good, but not outstanding.

D - Finishes easy enough, and no reason not to enjoy more than one. Yet, it is a mild beer and one that left me wanting a bit more in the flavor dept.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep burnt orange with a crystal clear body and a big creamy off-white head. A strong carbonation keeps the head big and rocky.

S-The smell of pale malt with some notes of toasted malt and some noble bitter hops lurk in the background.

T- A very smooth soft pale malt taste with some soft bite of hop bitterness finish this beer. The finish is not real dry but has a bit of a long finish with some malt and hop flavor.

M-A medium mouthfeel with some fizziness but no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer does have interesting qualities of both lagers and ales and is a very smooth beer. It doesn't have quite the complexity to hold my interest.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Metallic copper in color with a quickly dissapating head. Smell in the bottle is kind of corny. Taste is very lager like with a little more carbonation. More malty than a lager, good carbonation and good tart finish. As a "common" beer it is very good. This is a good sessioner. Goes great with a steak. A good standby beer to keep on hand for your friends. Not exotic but different and more uncommon than common.

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Photo of juju7
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decently made, fairly unremarkable beer. For all the fuss made about the way this beer is made, it doesn`t really deliver anything particularly special. Nice golden copper body with a soft head that fades quickly. Pleasant but maybe characterless nose of soft fruitiness. It`s significantly more bitter than I expected. A touch metallic in the finish. Not a bad beer but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from 12oz bottle (well, not from the bottle since I poured it into a glass!).

Poured a medium and hazy orange color with an averged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of caramel and sweet malts. Tastes of the same sweet malts, caramel, and I was getting some citrus.

Notes from 11/21/07

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Photo of treque
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange deep pulling his to reddish with creamy white foam very good impoundment residual and carbonation constant heavy.

S: With a slightly sweet aroma

T: Very nice taste of hops with hints of caramel with a little bitter end.

with an average body.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this last night and I was a little taken aback. I've had this in a bottle before, but I decided to try it on tap (especially after trying the Anchor Steam Xmas brew--excellent!!) This beer pours a medium orange-brown and had a faint musty smell. The taste was different. Certainly not what I remembered. I sort of think I had some pulled from a really old keg, because it just felt flat, and had macro-like thinness. I know this isn't a thick beer, and I noted light citrus notes of orange or something, but again it just felt 'off'. There were very faint hops, and decent malt, but again, not what I wanted. I'll try to re-review with a well kept bottle, but as it stands, I would not order this on tap again (at least not where I got it last time)

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Photo of whisperjet
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice clear amber out of the bottle. Well retained finger of foamy white head that leaves good lacing. Really clean looking and bright. Nose is really malty and sweet. Some notes of corn and cereal grain. Tastes corny and light. Kind of wet, like a slightly soggy bowl of cereal; pretty underwhelming I was expecting more. Otherwise goes down smooth. Overall pretty decent. Classic looks-better-than-it-tastes bber

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Photo of NYfold
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

Good looking beer, although a bit clear. Burnt sienna in color with hints of orange. Off white head leaves minimal lacing. Attractive bottle design should be noted.

The smell is nice, but not strong. Hops, and traces of oatmeal.

I find the taste is crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable with an oatmeal after-kick reminiscent of wood. The Unique after taste is my favorite note.

Mouthfeel is nothing special.

Pleasant to drink, but that is expectable considering the 4.9%abv.

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Photo of AdrenX
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I spotted a six-pack of this Californian Common while I was grocery shopping at Giant Eagle. I was really surprised to find it and have never seen it sold at my local Giant Eagle before. When grocery shopping I always stop and check to see if they have any new micro beers in stock. And to my surprise they had two six-packs left. I grabbed one and rushed home to crack one open.

This beer pours a very clear average size head, which clings to the glass nicely to form a good lace on the glass. Color is any where from copper to amber. Head retention is average and carbonation seemed just right. Has a clean malty and grainy aroma. An average bitterness with a dry aftertaste that just lingers a little. This beer goes down very easy. Nothing real exciting and nothing really wrong either.

After finishing one I was a slightly disappointed. It may have been due to all the expectation and hype I have heard about this famous beer. One consideration to take from my review is that I live in Cleveland, Ohio so this beer may not have been in the best condition. I will definitely be giving this beer another try. Everyone must try an Anchor Steam beer at least once.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-10-19 (3ON on label)
Glass: Tulip

Anchor's Steam Beer is an enjoyably mild, yet modestly flavorful beer that highlights bread-like malt sweetness and subtle hop bittering, leading to a United States counterpart to sessionable German ales. While I've had more flavorful beers in a beer of similar strength, few of them are priced as affordably as this Steam Beer, making it an easy go-to for a balanced, though malty, beer.

Pours a 1cm tall head of white-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance, with average retention of about one minute, falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest, but present, with a sparse scattering of small dots clinging to the glass' walls. Body is a fairly dark golden orange color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.

Aroma is malt-forward, of bread-like pale malt and modest straw, toasted bread and pale caramel-like sweetness. Little hop presence, what is present is the result being a mildly sweet and bread-like aroma.

Overall flavor of pale malt sweetness with a bit of toasted bread and light, pale caramel-like flavor; hops are tucked into the background, contributing a bit of bitterness and slightly herbal and woodsy flavor. Front of palate tastes lightly grainy and bread-like malts with toasted and pale caramel-like sweetness. Mid-palate of pale, lightly toasted, and pale caramel-like malt sweetness at fairly low levels with a hints of herbal and woodsy hop flavor and bitterness. Back of palate experiences lightly toasted bread-like malt, pale malt sweetness, and mild herbal and woodsy hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly grainy and bread-like, with low herbal and woodsy hop flavor and bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5) body that's well-suited to the particular beer and style in general. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of packetknife
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly floral on the nose. Crisp and clean. White overly pourous head. Just malty enough but not overpowering. Somewhat dry. Hints of spice on the finish.

Lingers on the tongue with somewhat of a citrus residue. Bitter/sour. In-between. Not bad though.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Has a light copper color with a moderate off-white head.

S- There is a simple grain aroma along with hops and a sour off-note smell.

T- Generally malt & hops flavor along with a vegetal characteristic here with some metallic notes and some sourness.

M, D- Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

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Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear light copper with a one finger head that fades rather quickly.

Smells has caramel with some lightly toasted malt. Some floral hop aromas comes through as well.

The taste is quite malty and has some caramel and biscuit. A moderate bitterness comes in about halfway through with some floral hop flavor. Finishes clean and slightly sticky.

Overall a solid beer but it seemed a little thin and lacking in flavor. I have had this on tap before and it was better. Might have to revisit this sometime.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.31/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.