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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

5,000 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,000
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 140
Gots: 460 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jeff8086, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished fairly quickly to a thin lace. Some slight lacing on the side of the glass. Body is a very nice copper color, and slightly hazy.

S: Interesting... seems to be some caramel in there, along with some citrus (orange? lemon?)... light hops in the aroma as well. Quite pleasant.

T: Definitely as interesting as the smell... not quite like anything I've had before. Again, the caramel comes out at first, but then it finishes slightly bitter and dry. I can still detect the citrus in there as well, and maybe some herbs/spices.

M: Medium-bodied and thin-textured, but still some slight creaminess coming in as well. Good carbonation.

D: I could have several of these... they go down quite easy, but still really wake you up with their unique taste. Wish this was more readily available around here!

berley31, Aug 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

HollyHops, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Shineonsolar, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dpatt70, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TheFlea1, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

CarolinaKev, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of 57md
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with half a finger of head. The nose is distinctly caramelized malt notes. Malty, but it also has a dry white wine bitterness to it. Dry and mildly hoppy on the finish. The quintessential version of a truly unique American style.

57md, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

510a, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Morakaton, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MinnTwins, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jtw21, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JRod1969, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a terrific beer, while agree that this is one of the best around it pales to a Liberty Ale. But I degress, take your Bud swilling friends and have them try an Anchor Steam - the shock will do them good.

gwfrankpsu, Sep 28, 2001
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

gregcordle, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Spider889, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of zdyeates
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light amber hue with a nice frothy head that dissipates a bit too quickly. Personally a bigger fan a more cloudy appearance but that a personal and not very important note. For a filtered beer the appearance is very nice.

S: The smell is not too remarkable, but you do get a hint at the spicy character of the beer. There is also a nice fruity undertone to the aroma.

T: Very nice, well hopped with a malty finish. A fairly well balanced beer, wouldn't think of turning one down.

M: Excellent! Very refreshing, great for summer or for cutting a heavy meal in the winter. Because of the speed at which the head died I was not expecting such a nice level of carbonation, but the beer seems to dance on my taste buds.

D: Very Good, could enjoy having a solo or a six pack. The carbonation is not overwhelming at all and creates a great combination of refreshment and drinkability.

I would definitely love to try this beer on tap because out of the bottle it is a very solid brew.

zdyeates, Aug 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

davey101, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mralbertson, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ROGUE16, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

West_Texan, Monday at 04:13 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

KornWallace, Jun 05, 2014
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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