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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,757 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,757
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 370 | 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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Photo of machalel
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark amber with a strong beige head that settles down to about 5mm and lingers for the whole glass. A small amount of thin lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The first thing that came to mind was pineapples and rockmelon, but this was followed by some malt and graininess.

Taste: Initially, I actually could taste pears, but this disappeared after a few sips. The rest of it was a bit citrusy (grapefruit & lemon rather than orange) and a bit sharp. Some wholemeal bread and black pepper in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body. A little sharp and 'zingy' on the middle of the tongue, but not in a bad way. Finish was a bit dry.

Drinkability: Well this was my first California Common, and I wasn't really sure what to expect. Overall, I think that it is a nice drop, one that would go with a lot of different styles of cuisine, but I'm not sure if I would buy it to savour on its own merits.

machalel, Apr 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

jiffymon, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

hopley, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Flashyspoons, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

themind, Apr 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Severian, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

davemathews68, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jetfan247, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

cjnuxoll, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

IrishKevin, Apr 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

AlkaholTester, Apr 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

WalterHeisenberg, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

geryeb624, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

StonyB, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

FlyingLester, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

slim2043, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rlb49, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

reagbr8, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

wroywel, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bscalt, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ranger7
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams etched glass.

A - Amber and gold glow with a very minimal bright white head.

S - Smells a bit sweet, kind of like honey. Maybe a little bit of hops bitterness.

T - A slight tang of hops, but mostly a soft, sweet taste. Nicely balanced.

M - Hardly any carbonation, which is good.

Summary - Anchor Steam is really a great beer. It's hard to explain, but it is just so smooth and balanced and drinkable. There is just the right amount of hops and sweetness. Possibly one of my favorites.

ranger7, Apr 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Hopmeplease, Apr 06, 2013
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,757 ratings.