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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,622
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 128
Gots: 328 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-21-2012 08:42:58 | More by Pecan
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-04-2013 20:38:43 | More by AMson
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

03-16-2014 00:17:40 | More by Fettpopps
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-12-2012 07:11:53 | More by Marybethboyd
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

07-28-2012 09:37:43 | More by Thias
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-31-2012 00:48:59 | More by LouDogg114
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

06-16-2013 21:13:50 | More by XCOR
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

05-04-2012 22:41:25 | More by cralyanne
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.53/5  rDev -34.5%

Pours dark amber with a large white head.
Nose shows grainy malt, cardboard notes, soft spicy hops and a bit of wholegrain bread.
Slightly better flavours, more malt. Other than that, not much difference.
Body seems watery.
Not sold on this at all.

03-14-2013 22:49:29 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of SteveTheDog


2.55/5  rDev -33.9%

I poured this into a pilsner glass and it looked very enticing with a big head and a lot of bright orange bubbling action. The smell was a little citrusy and a hint of pepper but the taste reminded me of eating soap, as did the mouthfeel. Maybe I'm just not a steam beer kinda guy but be that as it may, I didn't like this beer.

06-20-2013 21:27:59 | More by SteveTheDog
Photo of magictrokini


2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

Pours amber with a medium white head. Corny, bready aroma with a fair amount of malt. Astringent metal and bread dough taste that has been watered down. The hops don't do much in terms of adding or detreacting from the beer. Sorry, this one is overhyped and watery.

12-04-2008 22:55:16 | More by magictrokini
Photo of D11


2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

from bottle into tulip

A- amber orange color with a one finger head that doesnt last long.

S- mostly malt. some yeast. this smelled close to what a 'regular' beer smells like.

T- taste followed the smell. i was rather dissapointed in the taste. was mainly kind of malty but rather runny and not enough flavor for me. if i wanted to drink a 'regular' beer or a 'lite' beer , this is just a notch above.

M- mouthfeel was probably the best thing i liked about this beer.

O- i did not enjoy this beer. maybe because i was expecting something different. i doubt ill buy it again but there may be some that will like this style. tastes like all the other beers out there i used to drink before i got into craft brew. i kinda feel like i would of enjoyed it more from the bottle perhaps.

11-14-2011 05:06:50 | More by D11
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2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

A - slightly cloudy amber colour with a dark tinge

S - Hops, bitter nothing special

T - Little comlexity, little depth, quite bitter but nothing special

M - Dry ver dry, not refreshing leaves a dry / furry moutrhfeel

D - Not very high wouldnt really want to drink it again

07-06-2009 20:05:52 | More by DerBayer
Photo of Vancer


2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

The ol’ standard, eh? Well, it did have a nice pour- amber /orange with a foamy tan head. Only a slight malt aroma. But the taste, not good. Not much in the way of malts or hop. Just some earthy, slightly bitter flavor. Kinda flat in the mouth. Boy, overall a dull & boring lager. Wasn’t’ offensive, but didn’t do anything for me.

07-25-2005 17:38:00 | More by Vancer
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2.58/5  rDev -33.2%

Color is a golden-copper-amber mix with a moderate amount of cream head. Aroma has some vanilla, wheat, rice, and sour metallic notes. Very faintly reminds me of a budweiser. (not a good thing)

Taste has some maltiness to it, with a sour, astringent grassy hop note and a metallic copper flavor. It's overly carbonated with an unpleasant tasting hop/metal aftertaste. Not especially tasty or easy to drink. It sure looked good, but damn, I just don't see what everyone is nutting over with this one...

03-29-2007 03:32:46 | More by wagenvolks
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.63/5  rDev -31.9%

I suspect that I have got myself a skunked bottle or something here, its had to come a long way you understand. On first pour the beer looked beautiful with a nice coppery colour and decent head and smelt mildly of malt & yeast (it reminded me of homebrew). The taste itself I found quite subdued, perhaps what would be expected in a kiwi/uk style mild ale but the aftertaste was not to my taste. I found it not only lingering but astringent and sourish like nothing I have tasted before bar homebrewing disasters. I think I am going to have to reserve my judgement on this one until I can try a (hopefully) fresher bottle.

06-10-2006 03:31:22 | More by jahsausage
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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

07-18-2009 17:56:04 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.65/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

11-02-2008 17:10:36 | More by jujubeast6000
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2.68/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

08-18-2005 19:30:02 | More by GnomeKing
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2.7/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

05-14-2006 17:13:03 | More by WonderWoman
Photo of JesseP09


2.7/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

03-05-2009 15:48:26 | More by JesseP09
Photo of NatetheGreat


2.7/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

01-16-2008 13:08:35 | More by NatetheGreat
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.73/5  rDev -29.3%

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!

07-14-2007 20:00:26 | More by OWSLEY069
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

04-20-2014 20:50:59 | More by mojohawk21
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

07-06-2014 13:44:42 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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