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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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1,932 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 5,515
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 185
Gots: 931 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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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 GeoffRizzo
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber hue, thin bubbly white head. Weak aroma of hops, malts, barely noticeable. Creamy, sweet, sweet malts off the bat, backed by somewhat of a light grainy touch. Hops dominated palate; medium bodied. Dry finish, little aftertaste going on here. Perhaps a yeasty end, again hops-dominated palate. Not as good as I remember, somewhat subdued flavorings, nothing to really get your attention. Average across the board.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very clear light copper with a whitish head with impressive creaminess and retention. A bright sting of hops, but surprisingly not cascades in this californian brew. It smells like a German variety along with bready buttery malt. Flavor is a nice fight between the hops and caramel malt - the hop flavor and bitterness rides all the way through, although I find the finish is slightly harsh. The body is too heavy to be a session brew of mine, and the tingly carbonation is not that great. Despite the rich history, I find this brew to be pretty forgetable. Good hop flavors accompany a decent caramel malt body with a subpar feel. An average beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing is another company that can be considered one of the "pioneers" of the microbrew revolution. Who knows where American beer might be if Fritz Maytag stuck to selling household appliances instead of beer. Anchor Steam Beer is a unique beer that is just a bit funkier than your average run-of-the-mill American macro.

This beer pours a nice copper/amber color with a decent off-white foam that lasts for about 30 seconds. A very fruity aroma emminates from this beer with a light hoppiness detectable underneath that. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and there is a low-moderate amount of carbonation in this brew. The fruity flavors seem to be the focus here, and a bubblegum like flavor seems to partner up with the fruitiness. There are some hints of caramel malt with an even lighter hint of buttery toffee. Some soapy flavors make their presence felt as well, with a low-moderate hop bitterness popping up in the finish with a grapefruit like quality. The aftertaste has some flavors of toasty grains, and is more dry then I was expecting. The beer finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a very easy to drink beer, and even though it isn't the most complex brew in the world it is certainly an interesting one. I wouldn't mind having this with some "finger foods" such as mozzarella sticks, potato skins, buffalo wings, etc. Fritz did the beer drinking world a service by saving the Anchor Brewery, and I'll salute him by drinking a few of these anyday.

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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 wsouloa
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer and perhaps my rating is a bit lower than it would have been if I hadn't heard so many good things about this beer. I tried this beer for the first time in Northern California. It pours a very nice orangish-red type of color. The smell isn't very overpowering. The taste initially is very good but then it gives a bit of a dry aftertaste to which I wasn't a fan of. Its a better beer than most of the things you will find in most local bars. I would try this again but not anywhere where they have a good selection of beers.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper delight with a nice off-white head. Exceptional lace adorns the glass.

There is a light hop essence in the nose with a hint of sweet malt.

There was not as much flavor as I expected there would be. There is a slight malt sweetness in the taste. I wanted more flavor from this beer.

There was a smooth and creamy presence in the mouth as I drank this beer. A nice hop bite on the back of the tongue finishes the beer.

Despite the absence of flavor, this is a drinkable beer. All other elements of the beer brought up its rating. I would try this again.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper colour with a thick head that had real staying power and ended in a pretty lace. The smell was sweet and malty. The taste had a bready quality to it. Also sweet. It went down pretty smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. A good beer to enjoy with friends or at the bar.

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Photo of JAL67
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer...a classic. I started having this beer(actually my first micro ever) to get away from the macros. Solid, solid beer. Has a nice red/copper color and good hops. Very good taste and a beer to enjoy.

A very complex beer but at the same time I can recommend to those just starting out on the journey of "good" beer that this is a beer not to be missed.

I don't have it as often but every once in awhile I go back to it. I would say it's along the lines of my fav brewer...Sam Adams.


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Photo of byrd
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good sized frothy and rocky white head. Clear copper in color. The head is quite sticky and reduces very slowly, holding onto the sides of the glass until it eventually becomes a thin lace. Mild aroma that is a bit different (can’t quite put my finger on it) yet hops are fairly apparent. Nice smooth medium mouthfeel. Bready malt start with a caramel notes. Nice hop finish that is a bit dry and lasts a good length of time. Some slight lemon notes are noticeable. Great highly drinkable, well balanced brew. I really liked this one. Not an overly complex brew, but a great one that I’ll be buying again.

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint of this at my local pub, the Cock & Bull. I've had Anchor Steam many times before, but never reviewed it until now.

It is a pale bronze color with a short head that vanishes after a few sips. It smells lightly of hops and a teeny bit of malt. There is a good amount of hops in Anchor Steam, both for bitterness and aroma. It had a solid body, neither too light nor too heavy.

Anchor Steam is a good beer, especially for those who enjoy hops.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is of sweet malts and a mild hops; very aromatic. The taste is good. It is dry and malty. It has a bit of a watery finish, but all in all it's pretty good. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer; an excellent sessions ale.

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Photo of mschofield
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery amber with a two finger head, that quickly dwindled to a bubbling head, while it lasted the head was quite pillowy. Well carbonated.
Malty sweet and lightly hopped (earthy) aroma.
Malt taste (caramel and toasted grain), but a little too coppery (metallic), earthy hops, slight citrus as well.
Light-medium feel with good carbonation feel, an easy drinking session beer. Thank you Mr. Maytag

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Anchor Steam Beer!!

Appearance- a beautiful orange/ copper with a nice thick light tan head. Lacing down the glass that marks every sip you took!
Smell- earthy hops, wood, a hint of citrus.
Taste- oh soo good! Malty with a strong yet smooth hop flavor a hint of bitterness that makes you take another sip and another...
Mouthfeel- crisp with a faint bitterness. Goes down too easy!

Overall, quite frankly 1 of the best beers ever!!! A beer that yo can slowly savor or drink several of hanging out. A beer that you can always rely on!!!

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Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty, earthy aromas mingled with mild floral hops waft from this light amber / honey colored beer. Head is minimal.

Taste is no surprise after reading about the brewing process. Mild ale flavors made more crisp and subtle by the lager yeast. Caramel malt leads the way, followed by a dry, zingy, carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing almost in the same way as cola, with a slightly floral hop finish.

Very friendly on the taste buds; high on the drinkability scale. The amount of flavor is "just right" for a session brew: solid quality, but I could go through several of these without thinking about them.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber color with a white and highly fomaed head. Aroma is fairly heavily hopped with whiffs of caramel malt in the background head. Taste is sticky caramel followed by a rush of medium hop bitterness. For some reason this beer is much better wih food for me. It seems to compliment so many beers and only conclusion I have is that s some very complex tastes that just aren't picked up until you add food to the mix.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best steam beer period. Amber color with white creamy oam head. Toasty salty malt, and above average hops and carbonation which makes it drinkable and popular. Subtle citrus & carmel. candy floss aroma. Lingering aftertaste. Unique. Fills you up and can be before food and then with the meal.

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Photo of daledeee
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange-yellow. Head is medium and goes away to lace pretty quickly. Smell is malty and carmelly. Pretty nice carbonation in the taste. Mostly malt profile; toasted or smoky taste and a hint of hops. Finish is hard to describe.

Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of granger10
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a clear copper with a good sized light tan head. The smell was more floral than anything but a little on the weak side. The taste was odd in the fact that the hops came first then the malts. Very crisp and lemony in initial taste. Floral hops come through later. A bready, woody malt flavor follows up the hop taste and holds on through the finish. Not much steam or smoke flavor really but there was something slightly different about the body of this beer. Whatever it is this is a very easy one to drink all night long.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 22 oz. bottle of this stuff at some municipal liquor store. I think it might have been a little old, but nothing bad. Pours a nice gold-copper color, with a little white lace. The taste is full and malty, with a little hops in the aftertaste. A good anytime beer.

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Photo of dpend
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear light amber/copper. White head that dissipates rapidly. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a semi dry finish.Some fruit and citrus undertones in the finish as well.Mouthfeel is a little watery, but creates a bit more drinkability in the brew. An interesting style and a must try on tap.

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Photo of Foxman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light amber, for want of a better hue, and the head starts rather thick, and settles out to islets of thin froth after the first sip. Slivers of white trace the sides of the glass as it empties.

There's little poignant aroma, short of a fleeting whiff of hops.

First hit brings a bitterness, certainly hops, almost a surprise after the slight aroma, followed by a smidgeon of malt. It finishes on the bitter side as well.

It's light bodied, not surprising considering the beer's other characteristics, and quite smooth.

This beer's very drinkable, begging another, maybe two, or during the warmer months, enough to not care how many you've had.

A strong offering. What really grabs me about this beer is the unique style it represents, something uniquely American, a status quite difficult to attain in the beer world.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been reading about this beer for years and I finally got to try it.
A good session beer I hope its not the last time I try it.

Nothing outstanding to look at but backed up by an earthy aroma with hints of sharp citrus (lemon?/grapefruit?) and a slight sweetness. A light toasty flavour with a nice hop balance. Very easy drinking .

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Photo of AbePhroman
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell of this brewwasquite malty. It poured into a light amber color into my glass. Very malty flavor as well, also bitter for a beer of this type. The beer was too bland for me. I prefer liberty ale if going with this brewer...at least that has some flavor. However, I would rather drink something from Victory.

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

Pours an amber-copper color with a small off-white head. Smells of sweet bread malts, with a barely detectable hop accent. Taste starts with the bread malts, but is quickly overshadowed by some rather unexpected medicinal, and sprucy hops. Finish is bitter with lingering maltiness. Not as watery as expected, and rather drinkable.

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