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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

4,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,751
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 365 | 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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This is a pioneer that helped to fire off the craft beer revolution. I used to buy this at the Food Giant in Wallingford, and always looked forward to the nice bitterness and flavor that put it in a different class from the commonly available beers. I haven't had any in years, so when I got a bottle as a gift, I was looking forward to a good nostalgic taste, and I am not disappointed. I could drink this all night while watching good movies or cartoons, and know that the evening was well spent. For you folks that want to look into the world of alternative beer, this is just about the best place to start. Decent bitterness without a strong skunky malt smell or flavor, and one swig leaves you wishing for another. Many thanks to the guy who got this distributed up here in the cloudy zone back in the 70's.

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From the bottle marked 1SL. Sampled on Christmas Day 2011. It pours a medium amber with a small head that becomes a ring while leaving a decent lacing. The aroma is of barley, biscuit, and sweetness with a nice hoppy balance. The body falls into the medium range. The taste has a moderate bitterness and a clean finish.

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I enjoy this style beer. I don't see it often enough.

A- Nice carbonation. Reddish amber color.

S- Lager yeast and caramel. I don't detect any hop aroma.

T- Carmelly lager taste.

M- Smooth and delicious.

I've had a few different breweries version of this beer "Steam" or "california common" as some call it. I tend to enjoy the ones that are a little more biscuity and have more hop aroma. This one is a little less of those 2 features but a very enjoyable beer, easy to drink.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,751 ratings.