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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

4,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,875
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 407 | 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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Photo of merryjoulton
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber with light head that retains well and does a bit of lacing down the glass. Smell is interesting, clean malty bready character along with a slight hint of hops... a tad citrusy. Taste is disappointing, there is a strong bite that is very unpleasant but I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel and drinkability are ok.

merryjoulton, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 2/5/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours an amber red colored body, with a big white head, that is somewhat diminishing. An aroma of malts, with some hops, but not very much aroma overall. A bitter taste, maltiness, and some sourness. Not very fizzy. Eh. Though I would like to try a couple more in this style before I judge based on just this one beer.

jujubeast6000, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of GnomeKing
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The taste of the lager yeast is very prominent, reminding me of Yuengling Lager, especially toward the end of the pint, when the taste became heavy, dominant, and overwhelming. This beer just doesn't do it for me. There were some hints of strawberries and a tinge of malty sweetness on a few swigs when the pint was half full (or half empty, since I'm giving a negative review), but that was a brief respite from the experience of swigging this beer. Steam (aka California Common) is a style unto itself. I don't have much interest in it, based on this beer. It tastes more or less like a generic lager. I'm not surprised there aren't many brewers working in this style.

GnomeKing, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of WonderWoman
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a bottle and it came with a frosty mug. Once in the mug, the beer looked a light amber. At first it had a nice frothy head that soon dissipated to nothing. It smelled of a fresh cut lemon and a bitter hops with a few oats in the background. The taste reminded me of a watery red grapefruit with a metallic aftertaste that lingered far too long. Lacking carbonation, this beer had a very thin mouth feel to it. Over all, I thought I could do with out ever drinking an entire bottle again. However, I could take a swig here and there with out being totally offended.

WonderWoman, May 14, 2006
Photo of JesseP09
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It is a decent beer. Nothing spectacular. The flavor and aftertaste are total putoffs though. At first it doesn't taste too bad but once you swallow it the taste is really off. I'm not a big fan of some beer that is "beer snob approved" and this is one of those.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of NatetheGreat
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I feel bad that I am not able to give this beer a very good rating, since from all the data, its a very historic, landmark, and highly favored beer. But I just didn't enjoy it. I tried it on six seperate evenings, and while some were a bit better than others, I never really enjoyed it much.

A: nice copper color, sudsy head, not much retention in pint glass.

S: malty, some hops, not much complexity. very straightforward.

T: predominantly malty, with bitter hops in background. back and forth between the two. can't rate this higher because no layering of flavors detected. very bland (not in a macro-American-lager way - it's strong, but bland, almost a stale taste).

M: heavy, thick.

D: hard to get through even one for me, because the taste is so laboreous.

NatetheGreat, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper color with an off-white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt characteristic, and the same for taste, but with a dryer end. A sweet dryness left in the mouth. A very easy going, smooth beer. Lots of repect to Anchor, it got my parents to understand craft beer!

OWSLEY069, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

mojohawk21, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of MNMike
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

MNMike, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of HeyJim
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

HeyJim, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of TheChauffeur1
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a red gold with some orange color good white head with a little lacing. Not much smell to speak of. I try not to review beer styles I do not like, but I should like this one. Some really like this beer. IMO it is just a run of the mill beer. Its ok, but lacks any depth or real taste to speak of. I have had many a bottle and this beer is better on tap. You can do much better than this one. Later

TheChauffeur1, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of liquorpig
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

liquorpig, Dec 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

smarkham24, Mar 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Trexter103, Feb 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

yankinwis, May 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

arash1000, Sep 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

kevintaraross, Nov 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Mikeluzzjr, Sep 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Enoch, Aug 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Hopmeplease, Apr 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

MaestroBrewing, Jun 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

ldelancey, Sep 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

yankhawk, May 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,875 ratings.