Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,914 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,914
Hads: 5,422
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 176
Gots: 851 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what first brought my attention to American craft beer and my first purchase of said, I'm always on the look out for Anchor beer now :D

The bottle is a real beauty and pours out a crisp looking beer of golden hue with a lovely head.

The taste is near perfect with a hoppy bite and malty finish
it the kind of taste that you probably would put into a taste dictionary under beer, does that make sense lol.

Effortlessly drinkable yet hugely tasty and always welcome (474 characters)

Photo of Rainne
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic. I use to have this on tap with a meal or with a meal from a bottle. Someone's usually carrying this in the more upscale places. I'm gonna have to say my review's the same for tap and the bottle. I only got a tiny difference in a cleaner nose on tap.
A- A nice deep hazy amber gold color. The head is pretty nice and leaves good lacing.
S- Clean on the nose with earthy smells. Malt and a light hops presence and lightly sweet.
T- Very similar to the smell with hops and grains more up front. Maybe a little more yeast and more malt in the finish than expected. I actually got slightly more hops in the finish from the tap.
M- Good body and smooth with a dry grainy finish. Nice.
D- I take a few of these at a time. (725 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red copper with a 1/4 inch tan head. Medium carbonation. Head consistency varies from bubbly to flat. Good retention

Smell: Incredible malt profile. I smell wood, earth and spice. There are caramel malts and hints of toffee and fruit. A light hop profile gives the beer a good bite. Good balance. One of a kind.

Taste: Carbonated chewy maltiness gives way to a slight bittering blast of carbonated hoppiness. The beer finishes quite spicy. It's heavy in tannins with mouth clinging malts. Earthiness. Some citrus and grain. Cocoa aftertaste. A good solid recipe with a lot of character.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Good grainy texture. The ingredients are tightly blended together and the finish is clean. Classic.

Overall: I am a resident of the San Francisco bay area and am fascinated by this breweries long standing ability to brew unique session beers. I will definitely start adding anchor steam into my regular rotations. (945 characters)

Photo of sid
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An all around excellent beer for any time of the day

Poured a red tannish colour with little head. Lots of carbonation. Smells fruity with a little caramel mixed in. Taste begins quite hoppy, maltness joins in the middle and finishes on a bitter hoppy end. Can feel the the hoppiness on the back of the tongue long after taking a nice sip.

Drinkability is excellent, very crisp and flavorful, a nice replacement to your usual lager...you will not be disappointed!!! The end flavour on your tongue is quite bitter but if you like a hoppy beer you will fall in love like I did. A usual session beer for me when I have the money. (633 characters)

Photo of hockeyhead
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

finally on sale 6.99 a six pack
A:pours with a clear orange copper color with a fiant white fluffy head
S: smells like sweet malt with a faint hoppy lemony aroma
T: hits first with a lemony drying bitter hoppyness and finishes leaving your mouth tasting like toasted malts and biscut undertones
M: carbinated and medium body but very good balanced well nice
D: i would drink this any time any where (399 characters)

Photo of Jordan
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam.. It really is a style of it's own. It mimics an ESB more than an Amber.

Pretty looking deep dark copper. Very romancing whiffs of herbs inside a quieter background of caramel malts and even some banana. The sweet-bitterness to this beer is definately one of a kind! Perfect dichotomy of sweet caramel malts and course hops bitters. Anchor Steam has great character and a complex palate to match.

Excellent on tap as well. (449 characters)

Photo of mrgrinch
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful clear glowing orange color. Rapid carbonation and thick frothy, long-lasting head.

Smell - Smells like sugar cookies. Or sweet biscuits. No...shortbread. That's it!

Taste - Wonderful taste. I don't know if it is malty, or bready? A tiny hop finish that is tangy but not unpleasant. There seems to be a good balance. The hop finish has grown on me by the time I finish this beer. I love it!

Mouthfeel - Delightful to sip through the foam. Smooth front to back. Creamy. This is really a pleasant drink. The head lasted throughout the beer and it was really nice.

Drinkability - This beer has a great texture, and great body. There is enough flavor to keep it from being boring. In fact, the finish leaves a taste in your mouth that reminds you that you just consumed a masterpiece. I am not sure what characterizes this style of beer and distinguishes it from other styles. I do know that it is really a great beer! (942 characters)

Photo of Landar
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anchor Steam Beer
7B - California Common Beer

Pour on 1/18/14 from a bottle.

Aroma 10/12
Woody hops aroma supported by a toasted malt. As it warms a light fruitiness becomes pronounced with a hint of caramel. The pear fruitiness starts to become the dominant aroma with the toasted malt and woody hops taking a back seat.

Appearance 3/3
Medium amber color. Carbonation bubbles. Clear. White frothy head that builds surprisingly quickly with excellent retention.
A thick white foamy layer sticks to the sides of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 17/20
An immediate toasted biscuit malt with a noticeable woody hop bitterness and a distinct salt from the water profile hits you on the first taste. As you drink notes of caramel and pear comes through.
The finish is dry and very crisp. Very clean flavor. Grainy malt aftertaste with a lingering woody hop bitterness.
As it warms a pear fruitiness starts to dominate a tad too much and a grainy malt flavor comes through. The woody hop bitterness dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium bodied with a high carbonation. Crisp, dry, clean feeling on the tongue as it washes over. There is a mild astringency.

Overall 10/10
Overall Impression
This is exactly what a California Commons/Steam beer should be. It highlights everything that one looks for in this style of beer. The balance of the woody Northern Brewer hops is well balanced with the toasted grainy malt. There is a hint of fruitiness that comes out as it warms. The beer is crisp, clean, and refreshing.

46/50 (1,555 characters)

Photo of mjmbeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming from the grandfather of all craft beer this beer lives up to its rep
beautiful light coppery color with a nice very small bubbles head with a creamy smooth texture. A breadiness comes out in the taste. This is an easy drinking beer and well worth getting any time you can. (279 characters)

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, the beer poured a beautiful copper color, with a finger's worth of frothy and bubbly white foam. The head stuck around for a bit and then faded back, leaving a nice cap of foam and sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is clean, with a slightly fruity nose, some floral notes from the hops, and some biscuity and grainy notes from the malt.
The taste is delicious and balanced, with sweet malts, sweet, citrusy fruits, and a clean bitterness.
The feel of the beer is full, creamy, and has good carbonation.
An excellent, anytime kind of beer. It drinks super easy, is delicious, and is a staple in American craft brewing. Hoist one and enjoy it. (695 characters)

Photo of marty21
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep golden colour with a large white creamy head. Settles to a solid cap and left decent lacing for the most part.

S: Malty that blends nicely with a hoppy aroma. A little citrus in there as well.

T: Malty with that finishes with some hops. At times I can feel a lemony pepper taste building up but it never fully comes together. It keeps me coming back to try and acquire that taste.

M: Lighter carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

D: A very different beer unlike any I've had before but it was quite enjoyable. It isn't too complex but that's what makes it so great. I could see myself easily picking up a 6-pack after trying this beer. It would be a great session beer. (704 characters)

Photo of CrescentFresh
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A very tasty beer. Malt sweetness and mild hop bitterness are present. All flavors blend in well to make this a unique brew. Worth the 7 bones for a sixer. Hard to find in this small town so I have to grab it whenever I see it.

Earns at least 4 out of 5 swills in my opinion. (283 characters)

Photo of Canibacea
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Im not drinking this right now but i saw it and its a personal favorite so here goes.

A- a nice dark amber, nice carbonation decent lacing, and a good foamy headwith some retention.

S-Smells nice and malty with some toffee and biscuit, and a little bitter hops.

T- Nice toffee biscuit again, with the hops bittering, as well as some citrus on the end. on the dry side. a good bubly beer that doesnt lack substance.

M- The cabonation is balanced perfectly with the body, giving it a nice girthy mouthfeel while maitinaning superior drinkability.

D-Can be drank on a hot summers day, or enjoyed by the fire in the dead of winter. Give me a six pack to go

Cheers mateeys (673 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 1st craft beer I ever tried. I decided it was finally time to review it.

Appearance - Pours a dark gold color with a large white, foamy 3 finger head. Leaves a nice lace.

Smell - Caramel, malt, and bread.

Taste - malt and hops balance each other nicely. Starts bitter, finishes somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and creamy. The carbonation is just right.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. One of my favorite session beers. (449 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A truly excelent and enjoyable brew. This beer poured a good looking amber color with a nice white head that clung to the glass and left slight lace till the end. The smell was good with a nice earthy malt character. The taste was superb with a nice citrus bite in the beginning, a carmel like maltiness as it washes over your mouth and a great dry citric aftertaste. A unique beer indeed and a great session brew as well. (422 characters)

Photo of unclepedro
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. If I had to have my fridge stocked with ONE kind of beer forever, this would be on the short list. It would also be on my short list for introducing newcomers to good beer. (And the Anchor Steam story is good for that, too.)

Why do I like it so much? I'm not sure... it's kind of a "sleeper beer" ... it's not exciting or especially bold, but the flavor profile, mouthfeel, and whole experience is so enjoyable and satisfying I am never disappointed.

The big thing for me is the taste. There's something so wonderfully balanced about Anchor Steam. It's malty, toasty, caramelly, with these flavors that are reminiscent of a darker beer, but it also has these brighter citrusey and fruity characteristics that poke out now and again. Those notes mostly just brighten up the flavor, but every once and a while it grabs you in a different way. It's well carbonated, not in an aggressive way, but in a way that makes your mouth happy.

It's just one of the best all-around beers, period. (1,030 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean amber body with a slight haze. Forms a fairly large off-white head with great retention. Highly active carbonation with very good lacing.

Nose starts off with cracker-like malt aromas along with what smell like German Pils hops and traces of lager yeast.

Taste brings on some more biscuit and cracker malts along with some mellow caramel flavors. Good amount of bitter hops on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pleasant and creamy and the carbonation is balanced but still very active even very late in the tasting. Drinkability is off the charts, an excellent sessionable lager.

Overall a true classic. I enjoyed this beer when I was younger and although I took a break from it during a hophead stretch and a Belgian fixation it's been back in regular rotation in recent years. (790 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip pint: a nice medium amber, clear, under much glistening, large-bubbled head (four fingers on first pour), that sinks a bit but retains a sculptural lumpiness. Bright gold highlights. Had to do 4 pours to get the whole bottle into the glass. Foamy lacing.

Smell is clean but flavorful, with a light caramel aroma & some cereal grains. Slightly toasty, bread crust. Lightly floral, crisp hop notes.

Well-rounded toasty & caramel flavors as well, with enough bitterness from hops to balance out perfectly. Maybe some slight lemon, but not much at all. Finishes clean. Aftertaste goes through a few movements between dry, slightly mineral, sweet, & then resting on toasted. Not a big flavor but really well done, full but restrained.

Light-to-medium body with a slightly dry feel in the aftertaste.

This is so solid. Lower ABV brew, no flares or tricks, just well balanced & very tasty. I tend to overlook this on too often, but when I have it I'm reminded what a great, drinkable brew this is. Possibly my favorite session beer. (1,049 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tumbler, copper orange color with a big billowing head that become dense and rocky, lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of caramel, some floral notes, slightly perfumey. Taste of lightly toasted grains, semi-sweet, hints of caramel, bready, and dry on the finish. Only the slightest bit of hops can be detected. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. A very nice lager. A wonderful session beer. (402 characters)

Photo of baseballrock
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - amber color, thick slightly cream colored head, head retention very well.

Smell - smell is a little earthy

Taste - right from the start bitter with a little carmal, great flavor bitterness stays with you from first to last drink.

Mouthfeel - full of many flavors, very enjoyable to to try and decide what exactly you taste.

Drinkability - a beer this good is always drinkable. this beer leaves you wanting more and more.

I really like this beer, incredibale. you don't find many like this. (507 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers off-white froth, good retention, light lacing, clear and somewhat dark reddish-orange. Moderate film remains. Smells of honey and amber malt, some hints of spice and caramel. Tastes much like aroma with slight metallic and earthy undertones and some dried straw flavors with a caramel finish. Moderate, but lingering bitterness on back of tongue. Lighter/medium body and an almost creamy feel. Average carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable. Great balance. Will buy again. (482 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale, clear light coppery color with a medium sized cap of off-white dense smooth foam. Settles down slowly to a healthy slim skim and collaring. Drippy lace with some globs sticking.

Aroma is softly clean and grainy with a slight toastyness; creamy, earthy tones keep underneath with a great fresh breadiness displayed on the nose the whole time.

Great fresh flavors, lightly malty with a nudging sweetness always peeking through with what tends to be an always present, fine bready toastyness. Creamy and lightly earthy with a tender texture and easy going malt base. The grain flavors are nicely handled with an eager mildness that lasts a long time. Finishes earthy with a slight grassy edged hoppyness floating along the end of the bready stuff. A great Steam beer by the innovators of the style, Anchor.

Sessionable by the gallons! (846 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice caramel look. A bit fizzy but also crisp.

S - Sweet smell. Smells are a mixture of molasses and honey.

T - Nice sweet. Surprisingly flavorful given. No bitterness detected.

M - Perfect for summer. Light feel.

O - A local favorite and the perfect beer for a hot day. (278 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into mug.

A- Copper color with thick chunky head.
S- Malty aroma
T- Very bitter at first taste which was surprising. Faded into an easy malt sweeteness. Very well balanced.
M- Good carbonation and the flavor stays with you.
D- Could drink this all day long.

The best of the easy to find micros in my opinion. One of my favorites and it seems to be getting easier to find in Tennessee. (401 characters)

Photo of MrSeth
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm very partial to Anchor Steam, but I'll try to be as objective as possible here.

Dark copper color with a 1 1/2" tan head. Good retention. The smell while it is cold is just a waft of a little malt and citrus aroma. But as it warms up a bit the malt aroma sweetens to almost an candyish degree. Either way the taste is clean with a short-medium finish. There is a mellow caramel apple flavor to it. The drinkability is exceptional and it would pair well with a wide range of foods. (487 characters)

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.