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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

1,943 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,943
Hads: 5,562
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 192
Gots: 957 | 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 mattcrill
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is readily available...time to review the legend.

Appearance: Pours a crystal orange with a sudsy ivory head. The head fades to an ivory film.

Smell: Dense grains and fresh vegetables. My nose is overwhelmed by those two characteristics. It's like no other beer I've smelled before. Kind of cool and very unique.

Taste: Starts off kind of citrusy and then fades to dark grains quickly. Finished with a wheatbread kind of aftertaste. A little bit of hop bitterness here and there and usually at the beginning of each taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch oily with a longer finish.

Drinkability: Easily poundable. Nothing exciting and nothing off either. I've never had a "steam beer" before. Tastes like a solid lager to me. Lagers aren't my favorite but I'm glad to have tried this once.

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Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB July 2009, served lightly chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: pours an ultra-elegant bright blood-orangey tawny hue, on top of a fast dissipating white foam and lively (but not fierce) carbonation.
S: very malty and caramely upfront, with a sticky and raw-ish edge of plum jam as well as sugar-cane-like aroma. Not complex, a bit sweet on the balance.
T: the bitter-sweet caramalts and burned sugar-cane upfront are underlined by a touch of coconut-shaving, light prune-ish fruits and sweet herbs, leading fast towards an intensifying bitter aftertaste full of tea-leafy hops and chewy, powdery bitter elements. The finish is IMO the best moment of the tasting, that it's chewy, bitter, and yet free from any residual sugary mouthfeel.
M&D: compared with the draught version, the bottled one fares slightly lower due to the slightly more coarse fizziness and also a thinner body, but the trademark flavour profile stays intact. A bitter-sweet session beer designed to quaff!

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium white head atop an amber beer with streams of carbonation cascading upwards. Aroma is a bit estery with enough hops and malt to balance the flavors. Sweet taste is complimented by a good amount of hops and the esters make one think of a style that is not quite an ale. Very smooth for an ale(?) with a good balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is of medium weight but not so much as to take away from the clenliness. Very good beer that i would enjoy on a hot day fishing a stream in the mountains.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Second go with Anchor Steam.

A. The appearance is a golden amber, more on the darker side. There was a minimal head and dissipated quickly. Not cloudy or sedimenty.

S. The aroma was very light and was rather difficult for me to pick anything out. The only smell that could be picked out were the malts, but again it was so light, I couldn't get a full appreciation for it.

T. Like the smell, the taste is also very light. It is very light and crisp. The maltiness is quietly followed by the hops.

M. It has a slight and quick feel of carbonation initially then disappears within a blink. Again it feels light bodied and smooth.

O. I think this is a great summer beer due to the lightness of it all around. It tastes great and is an excellent beer to sit and relax with.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear bronze with a thin beige head that dissipates very quickly leaving a thin ring of small bubbles around the glass. The nose leads with a caramel maltiness and earthy hop notes. The taste leads with a sweet malt, toasted bread and an earthy pine bitterness that coats your mouth. The carbonation is very active but doesn't really cut through the coating of bitterness. Enjoyed the malty flavour but thought that the high carbonation was too distracting. Just not my thing I guess.

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Photo of beveritt
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has a stamp, 6Y1, whatever that means.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown, clear with a slight hint of orange/red. Nice one inch creamy head that falls to just a coating.

Smell: Sweet, with hints of the the grassy smell you get from a macro lager. Almost a carbon/charcoal odor.

Taste: A pretty good bite up front from the carbonation. A little malt, not much, then some of the grassy hops, finally followed by a decent level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average level of carbonation. Good, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking brew. Have to admit, the grassy flavor reminds me too much of some macros or a can of Boddington's. Not a huge fan, but it is the epitome of the style.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden amber with 1 finger of head, nice lace.

S- Malty, biscuity, I can pull some fruity & floral aromas out as well.

T- Caramel malt is the first thing I get. There's a lingering bitterness in the end. Mild flavors, but this is probably want you'd want in this beer anyways.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, dry and crisp.

D- Not my style, but I could see myself picking up a 6'er of these when settling in for an all night game of cards with the boys.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice clear yet brownish color.

Smell was sort of lacking. Not much there at all.

Taste was pretty ok. Not a whole lot happening. A lot lighter body and flavor than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel was nice and because it was way lighter than expected, it was very easy to drink.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours beautifully. Crystal clear amber underneath of an ivory/offwhite head.

Smell- Not much in terms of smell, breads and malts are definitely there, but I really have to try to get it.

Taste is really more complex than I thought it would be, -starts off malty, turns into nutty, and dries down almost sour (in a good way).

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, which I'm not a huge fan of. The "feel" tends to linger longer than I want it to, and I wish that it were a little bit more dry after all was said and done.

Drinkability is not exactly there entirely. I would have to struggle through another of these, and just because I think there's a complexity of taste doesn't necessarily mean that I want another of it.

Overall, absolutely worth it..might have to be in the mood though.

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Photo of masey222
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Amber orange with a very thick orangey off white head and a really nice lace....
Kind of a roasted fruity rich smell with some grassy hop...
The taste initially is fresh crisp and fruity then goes into a very floral hop that wasn't bitter really but was strong and floral and dry ...

...Over all a good sipping beer but defiantly not something I would pick first, but there really wasn't much wrong with it, just not my personal favorite.

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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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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,943 ratings.