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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

4,490 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,490
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 119
Gots: 273 | 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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sprucetip

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-17-2012 22:01:32 | More by sprucetip
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-17-2012 15:51:06 | More by stereosforgeeks
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slyons16


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-17-2012 04:06:40 | More by slyons16
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jibjib513

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle in to Pint glass.

Appearance (3.5): Medium amber color, creamy healthy head.

Smell (3.0): Had to go average here because even with a vigorous poor there was not much of an aroma coming from the beer.

Taste (3.5): Somewhat bitter initial taste, with a nice malty after taste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Seemed light in the mouth, which to me kind of went with the "steam" idea.

Overall (3.5): It taste good, however it does seem to be lacking a bit. Will be interested in trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:31:42 | More by jibjib513
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-16-2012 23:24:24 | More by TX-Badger
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber color with a big, dense head. Head is very frothy and soft, with a slightly off white hue. Sticks around a good, long time and laces pretty well. Body is nearly completely clear with only the smallest bubbles and sediments visible.

S- Lots of light and adjunct-like aromas here. Light grain and light malts intermingle pretty well. More malt backbone than others in similar style. Malts give a hint of sweetness to go with the light grain. No hops detectable.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell. Would be a very forgettable flavor, but the quality of ingredients is much higher than similar tasting brews. Malt is persistent throughout, and the lighter, probably cereal, grains give a little balance. Hints of a little bit of fruitiness are also present. Very light in flavor, reminds me of a slightly more malty SA Light. Finishes with no aftertaste and the light grains chasing down your throat.

M- Here is where this beer shines in my opinion. The frothiness from the head sticks around a little and starts it with a silky soft beginning. Then the body of the beer provides a little carbonation, but much less than expected for the weight of this one. The malt and grain flavor provides a creamy smooth drink that might be a little more filling than others, but is still very sessionable.

Overall, this is a beer with ok flavors, but a great feel. It's a fairly simple beer, best used as an after work beer. If I had better access to this and the price was right, this would be a go-to beer in my fridge for an everyday alternative.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:54:33 | More by boilermakerbrew
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stoney1031

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-15-2012 20:22:54 | More by stoney1031
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ebenicr

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2012 19:23:52 | More by ebenicr
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priwen

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-15-2012 17:26:35 | More by priwen
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beersvh23

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-15-2012 01:34:12 | More by beersvh23
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Weli

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-1/2" white head subsiding to thin lacing. Brilliantly clear light amber to light copper color

S-Very woody and minty! Large nose of Northern Brewer hops. Some sweet and malty character as well

T-Really interesting, like crossing an APA with a helles lager. Citrus bitterness up front with a hefty toast malt character to balance. Minty floral finish.

M-Medium bodied, light carbonation. Medium dry and quite smooth.

O-Wow! This beer was a very pleasant surprise, had never thought this style sounded very appealing, but it was a wonderful session beer. Love the minty northern brewer hop character. Smooth, flavorful and balanced!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:56:29 | More by Weli
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-13-2012 16:46:29 | More by Treb0R
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garfscores

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2012 14:40:52 | More by garfscores
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ZCoale


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-13-2012 02:34:18 | More by ZCoale
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PancakeMcWaffles

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-12-2012 21:02:12 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
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Nerlman


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-12-2012 19:30:12 | More by Nerlman
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trplx81

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-12-2012 18:17:35 | More by trplx81
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Marybethboyd


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-12-2012 07:11:53 | More by Marybethboyd
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Rgalvin

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-12-2012 02:19:58 | More by Rgalvin
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endovelico

Portugal

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful copper brew with pillowy head and great retention. Hop-accented (Think: Flowers and mint) aroma with a biscuit and caramel backbone. Some high-alcohol notes are noticeable both in the nose and tongue with the former having a more dominating dried leaves and grain husk flavors with a bubblegum center. Angular and spritzy on the tongue the brew quickly placates to an almost uncarbonated, soapy medium bodied brew with assertive bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 22:53:57 | More by endovelico
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Torch20


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-11-2012 19:43:02 | More by Torch20
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rheimbro

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-09-2012 22:05:28 | More by rheimbro
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Labeorphile

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2012 19:52:30 | More by Labeorphile
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Viceroy

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-09-2012 14:39:31 | More by Viceroy
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-09-2012 03:06:13 | More by 4ster
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,490 ratings.