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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

5,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,056
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 487 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally a chance to try this classic, in the bottle. Pours a middle of the road, muted amber with a full foamy off white head. Lots of visible, small-bubbled carbonation. Extra points for leaving a dolop at the bottom of the pint glass, mmm. Smells very american, with distinct lager aromas. Also seems as though some of the hops are 'noble' though. A small amount of alcohol detected as well.

Taste...here comes the heresy. This reminds me of Sam Adams Lager. No, really. Actually, I had this for the first time on tap at a restaurant about two months ago, and after sipping it, I was convinced is was the wrong pour--tastes a lot like Sam Adams--maybe it's the Dos Equis by accident or they hooked up the wrong keg? I asked for a side sample to make sure it was the right pour, the waitress was accomodating, but the flavors matched. Idiot. So I assumed I was crazy, or they hooked up the wrong tap... But now drinking this, sure of what I'm drinking, I taste the similarity, it's there. It's milder than Sam Adams, slightly less hops and slightly more american flavor, a bit less salty, but in the same league. Certainly a bit fruitier and a bit more ale like, but these are subtle variations. Hops resins remain on the tounge. The malts flavor is gentle. Finishes rather dry also. As for mouthfeel, it's medium and rather carbonated on the tounge.

This is a good beer and even more drinkable than Sam. I like the idea of lagers at ale temps, but it truly is subtle variant for a lager. This beer is a good pick, and I'd love to do a side-by side with the two beers.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"An old standby beer,
Easy to drink and to own.
Anchors away, friends!"

Many years ago--prior to being introduced to Belgians, Brooklyns, Dogfish, and multiple other offerings I had this beer at the top of my list. Having not had one in nearly a decade, my revisit brought back good memories but provided clarity about my changing tastes. Bottom line--very drinkable and enjoyable beer, without pretense, but not nearly as tasty as many of its peers in this $10/six pack price range.


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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,056 ratings.