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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

5,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,054
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 484 | 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 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam pours a darker clear amber color with a nice large lacing head. There is a weak aroma, but has bitter and floral notes. The taste is a bit bitter, and has long drawn out floral notes. A bit watery, but nice flavors, easy to drink. Overall a solid beer.

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Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Clear dark amber with 1.5 off white head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A little citrus hops with some peatiness.

T - Dry, peat, and bitter. Dry finish. Nothing super standout.

O - A decently refreshing beer but nothing too exciting.

7/23 revisited. Have a new appreciation for this brew, great creamy, biscuit, nutty malt flavors, crisp and refreshing.

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12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(3AA printed on bottle, translates to April 1, 2013 born date)

L: copper, bronze ... a lot of orange in it, burnt orange; thick 1 1/4-inch head or more, really explodes off a hard pour, nice light tan color; crystal clear, plenty of bubbles floating up in column; the color combination is fantastic -- burnt orange topped by tan, an earth-tone lovers dream; head is sticky

S: grain ... lots of grain when cold; spicy hops are present in a very light form, under the grain; as it warms up, wow! loads of bready, yeasty malt ... sweet, sweet and sweet; always get just a pinch of pepper in the nose

T: strong bitter bite inside a lot of grain with some malt sweetness at the end -- in other words, good. loads of taste, and the hop bite seems just a hair different than others ... the bitter is there, but I'm not detecting an overload of any taste note, maybe just the slightest hint of grass and spice. the upshot is it seems to be letting the solid malt backbone permeate the brew and allow for a really good sweet balance

F: good carbonation despite a strong pour that produced a big head

O: the brew lives up to the reputation ... it's so full of taste, and the thing I like most might be that it seems just different enough from other styles to be it's own thing -- it's very much a mix of czech and german pilseners and the good english-style malty euro pale lager, but it's not exactly like any one of those styles (at least not for me).

i will be purchasing more of this beer. it's light enough for the summer and tasty enough for the winter -- as good a lager as I've run across in the 5.0% ABV and under world.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,054 ratings.