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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

4,766 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,766
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 374 | 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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costwinkle, Jul 26, 2014
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ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

Devonlillie, Mar 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

ChanceK, Apr 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

miikkey, Apr 30, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -67.6%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

justintcoons, Nov 15, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

bcerv-ca, Oct 07, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

jjarreau, Mar 29, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of SoCaliC8
1.6/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't like this beer...it taste way too bitter and sour for my taste. It's really unflavorful and one of the worst beers that I have ever had. I tried to at least give it some sort of love since it's a California thing but I just couldn't do it. Sorry but it's just not the best thing that I have ever drank for sure...

SoCaliC8, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of surcorx
1.65/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance--This pours a deep golden amber color. Nearly no surface foam. Low carbonation--nearly flat. No lacing.

Aroma--Smells of slight carmel, malt and hints of a metal trash can. Smells like a dirty bar room floor. Sorry. A combination of puke and metal.

Taste--This was terrible. Actually one of the first beers I have ever stopped drinking. No skunking, but possibly it has gone bad. Unfortunately, there are no dates for freshness. That is their fault for not labeling as such. It was bought at a very good high volume store--Binny's in Chicago. I am willing someday to try again based on the favorable reviews of others. But if it has gone bad it speaks volumes to the importance of date labeling.

Mouthfeel--Watery, flat metallic- awful.

Drinkability--I stopped drinking it.

surcorx, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Vito
1.8/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Anchor Steam. I thought I'd give it a try, because I overheard a few people talking about it during a recent visit to San Francisco. Here goes:

Appearance: It has a unique look. It pours a burnt-orange color that glows like the fluid in a lava lamp. Thin head that looks like the foam on a glass of iced tea.

Smell: I really couldn't smell anything at all.

Taste: I don't like the taste. Bitter, sour, acidic.

Mouthfeel: Average. Low carbonation, but still sort of crisp.

Drinkability: Nope.

For me, Anchor Steam is custom-made for the kind of beer drinker who orders one beer, takes a few sips, and talks about how great it is instead of actually finishing the bottle and ordering another. I can't understand why this beer gets such high ratings. I guess it's one of those "Emperor's New Clothes" things.

Tastes bad, overpriced, no big f***in' deal.

Vito, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Mike_Moe
1.93/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light amber brown color, small white head.
Aroma: Lightly toasted malt aroma.
Taste: Lightly roasted malt, somewhat smokey flavor. Very bitter harsh finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: This beer is a major disappointment. It miss the mark on every level. The aroma and taste only gave hints of roasted malts. While trying to infuse a hoppy finish, this brew ended up being a “bitter” mess.

Mike_Moe, Dec 31, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

mctizzz, Apr 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Danflurry, Dec 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Nothing very memorable for me.

educontech, Sep 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

bareju, Jun 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,766 ratings.