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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

4,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,772
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 377 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Fargrow, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

NoProblem, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of awmiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one jim-dandy of a brew! This brew poured up a hazy copper-colored body with a wonderfully thick, off-white colored head with good retention and lacing effects on the glass. Aromas of malts, caramel, citrus fruits (lemons, and maybe some orange). Flavors of the same in a malty concoction that beckons you to take the next sip just as soon as you finish one. Medium-bodied, full-flavored with a dry finish and citrusy aftertaste.

awmiller, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of troobie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

troobie, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

josh00, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DMc8ride, May 28, 2013
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber/copery in color, clear, with a fluffy white head about an inch and a half in height. The head lingers half way through before it finally fades to a thin cover. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aromas of bready malt. Some light floral hops are present as well.

Taste: The beer has a strong malty presence on the outset, followed by a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Overall though, the beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, well carbonated. A touch dry with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting beer, somewhat rare and unique. This beer has great taste, an ABV less than 5%, and I don't get bored or filled up drinking it. Just a perfect session beer. However, it is unfortunately somewhat expensive for me (I purchased some Anchor 6 packs on sale for $6.99, they are regularly $7.99). If this were less than $6 a six pack, it would be a regular in my fridge.

BigRedN, Aug 04, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Camjmorton, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JVoyager, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gregwa, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

StArnoldFan, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of danielocean03
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an exceptionally clear deep, reddish brown amber into a pint glass, thick foamy head lasted for a short while before falling to moderate cream colored lacing. This particular lager is exceptionally complex in both smell and flavor, scent is hoppy, citrusy and floral. Tastes caramelly sweet, hoppy and fruity, finished with some hop bitterness and a little dry. This is one of my newfound favorite beers, will seek out in the future, would consider a new favorite session beer almost. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, goes down very well, finshing clean with a light bitterness. Being my first California Common, I must say this is an excellent brew.

danielocean03, Jan 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dychoi, May 30, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a bright orange when held up to the light. Cap is slightly off-white and stood a fluffy, two-fingers high before subsiding slowly. Rings of lace leave their trail.

Smokey, earthy malts and a touch of caramel and toffee.

Full and rich of malt sweetness with a dose of bittering hops for a clean, crisp finish. Very earthy feel overall.

Medium bodied, crisp.

A very easily drinkable and readily available beer that I need to stop neglecting.

ColForbinBC, Sep 25, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Steve_Trick, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nunya, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

videofrog, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pouts a clear amber color. Provides a two finger foam head with some good lasting lacing.

S: Lots of malt character, mostly caramel, bread, toast. A decent amount of floral and citrus hops to hit the nose.

T: A well balanced mix between the sweet caramel and bready malt and the floral hops.

M: Leaves a slightly creamy taste on the palate.

D: Easy to drink and low ABV. Very tasty and a San Francisco legend.

IronCitySteve, Dec 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bomber from Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR. Has an embossed code on the back label "607".

Pours a thick, slightly off white head and copper color. Smells of fresh malt. Tastes fresh, grassy, maybe a little buttery. Doesnt seem to have too much aftertaste. Slightly effervescent mouthfeel and a bit creamy texture.... This one is deffinetly not bad. I don't detect much hoppyness to it, but yeah... it's still good. @ 4.9% this would make a great session beer.

BigJTrucker, Mar 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dcincotta, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pmicdee, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

harpus, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

HarmonMW, Mar 27, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,772 ratings.