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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,085 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4085
Reviews: 1816
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%


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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granger10

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a clear copper with a good sized light tan head. The smell was more floral than anything but a little on the weak side. The taste was odd in the fact that the hops came first then the malts. Very crisp and lemony in initial taste. Floral hops come through later. A bready, woody malt flavor follows up the hop taste and holds on through the finish. Not much steam or smoke flavor really but there was something slightly different about the body of this beer. Whatever it is this is a very easy one to drink all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 04:29:39 | More by granger10
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 22 oz. bottle of this stuff at some municipal liquor store. I think it might have been a little old, but nothing bad. Pours a nice gold-copper color, with a little white lace. The taste is full and malty, with a little hops in the aftertaste. A good anytime beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 18:42:46 | More by TastyTaste
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light amber, for want of a better hue, and the head starts rather thick, and settles out to islets of thin froth after the first sip. Slivers of white trace the sides of the glass as it empties.

There's little poignant aroma, short of a fleeting whiff of hops.

First hit brings a bitterness, certainly hops, almost a surprise after the slight aroma, followed by a smidgeon of malt. It finishes on the bitter side as well.

It's light bodied, not surprising considering the beer's other characteristics, and quite smooth.

This beer's very drinkable, begging another, maybe two, or during the warmer months, enough to not care how many you've had.

A strong offering. What really grabs me about this beer is the unique style it represents, something uniquely American, a status quite difficult to attain in the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 01:23:21 | More by Foxman
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ALEBOY

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been reading about this beer for years and I finally got to try it.
A good session beer I hope its not the last time I try it.

Nothing outstanding to look at but backed up by an earthy aroma with hints of sharp citrus (lemon?/grapefruit?) and a slight sweetness. A light toasty flavour with a nice hop balance. Very easy drinking .

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 11:47:10 | More by ALEBOY
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AbePhroman

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell of this brewwasquite malty. It poured into a light amber color into my glass. Very malty flavor as well, also bitter for a beer of this type. The beer was too bland for me. I prefer liberty ale if going with this brewer...at least that has some flavor. However, I would rather drink something from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 04:47:29 | More by AbePhroman
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color with a small off-white head. Smells of sweet bread malts, with a barely detectable hop accent. Taste starts with the bread malts, but is quickly overshadowed by some rather unexpected medicinal, and sprucy hops. Finish is bitter with lingering maltiness. Not as watery as expected, and rather drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 16:24:32 | More by alexgash
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grynder33

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a light amberish gold,virtually no head to speak of,had a little bit of a feed bin grain aroma, but thats it.It had a pleasant enough sweet and hop taste, nice but somewhat thin malt hop balance and goes out with a distinct hop aftertaste. Smoother and sweeter than the macros, about the best I can say for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 11:51:47 | More by grynder33
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silks636

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date indicated.

Light golden amber in color. A touch of haze with a medium white head. Decent retention, little lacing. A few quick swirls reveal a light earthy aroma with hints of bread and caramel. Taste begins with a quick flash of sweetness but that is quickly overcome by a salty citric flavor. Definitely hits you, but is not at all unpleasant. Finishes up with a nice toasted malt that ends with a crisp bitterness. Carbonation is vigorous and mouthfeel is light and clean. Very easy drinking and an excellent thirst quencher on a warm evening.

This was one of my first introductions to good beer and has always been a fall back brew for me. Just had to review it as it is simply a classic. After a few tastes to review I paired it up with a few slices of colby-jack cheese... absolutely wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 00:03:33 | More by silks636
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste is subjective and all that, and this beer didn't do too much for me. It starts off well with a nice head which quickly goes down to a lace. It has a nice amber color. The smell is nothing special, but not bad. Same for the taste. As others have mentioned, it has a bite and has a nice hop finish. The hops finish isn't really balanced against any other flavor so the finish ends up distracting from the final taste. It seems to have not much of a taste until the aftertaste. I'm not unhappy with this beer, but it doesn't satisfy me either. This is the only beer I've tried within the "steam" style.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 17:47:53 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, mild carbonation, with an off white head. Quite pleasing to the eye. The nose was malt and hops, with some spice and citrus. Quite a nose full. Smells good. Tastes like malt, salt, light hops bitterness and some citrus. A little bit on the sour side with the aftertaste. Really unique. Smooth and oily mouthfeel. Clings to everything. All around very unique. Definately something I would pick up again, but not something I'd want to drink every day.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 02:33:42 | More by Nytemare
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 22 oz. bottle pours a big foamy head atop an amber body. First sips are sweet without being cloying. A slight impression of pear nectar. A bitter hop taste in the back of the mouth mars an otherwise clean finish (or enhances it, as your preference may be). Midway through, I get a more hearty or "rough" hoppy smell and taste, ending with a more malty profile as it warms. This does have the signs of being a "frontier" beer with its western American hop profile, but a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 13:22:39 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Zraly

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice nutty, orange color with a slightly tannish head. Smells of candy, bubble-gum, and fruit leather. Fair lacing.

This beer is delicious. Bready notes with caramel hints that finish softly on the palate. Fully flavored, medium bodied. Semi-creamy, nutty character in the mouthfeel. Malty and clean. Slight lemony flavors and a subtle orange peel hop finish to compliment. The hops give the utmost, pleasantly dry finish. This beer has style.

What a beautiful thing. A real treat for any beer lover. I'm gonna try cooking with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 23:21:58 | More by Zraly
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid "above average brew." The beer pours a medium golden with a good creamy head. Aromas of malt dominate as they do in the mouth. The texture is fine with a round medium bodied feel. The taste is pleasantly malty, and almost a tad sweet. A little fruitiness can be found as well. A nice tuesday night beer that happens to work better as a food beer than a sipper to me. I served this with halibut in parchment paper using lots of vegetables an Asian flavors. Delicious, and the beer was just right. This is a solid workhorse beer that is priced right and delivers nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:20:04 | More by moulefrite
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 17 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This pours a clear amber color with a small head.
Flavor: it tastes crisp clean flavor. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. I'm sure that before the growth of microbrews that this beer really stood out. Now, it's pretty middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 19:54:18 | More by jcalabre
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic...and a perfect session beer...I'm surprised at how much I like this...very nice toasty malt nose...blalanced but definitely leans on the malt side...good breadiness present..also a nice crisp toastiness and a bit of caramel....hopping is in the background but complements nicely with an herbal/floral presence...finishes slightly dry....

Poured an orangish copper with not much head...body is medium..this feels like it has some character to it...

I always thought this was one of those "egend" beers whose name is bigger than its taste....I was wrong...this is a great session beer along the lines of a solid amber or marzen....unique and tasty...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 04:23:05 | More by ZAP
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an enticing copper color and pours with a light beige head. There is not a huge amount of aroma to it, it smells clean, malty and a bit of floral grassiness to it. A light sweet/ malty taste up front that finishes with a good bitterness. This beer is about perfect balance between the hop and the malt. Just a wonderful beer that, because of its popularity/ availability, of the gets short shrift. In my mind this is one of the great everyday drinking beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 17:12:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a dark copper color with two fingers of head that stay along for the ride. There is some lacing left on the glass. The smell is grassy, piney, and malty. A very nice aroma that fills the nostrils. The taste starts out with a light bit of sweet malt and caramel. The taste ends grassy and a little hoppy. A very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is just a little light, not too bad. The drinkability is very nice, as this isn't even 5% abv. Too bad others don't make this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 02:13:51 | More by SheepNutz
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Webby64

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper, amber color with a slight haze and a good head which stuck around fer awhile. Smell was malty and touch of carmel, very nice. Taste was complex, lil bit of bite (hops) but malt and other well established but simple tastes are present. It is obvious that this beer has been around awhile. I am not too wordy today. I will say, this is very fine beer and I will definately get it again!

M

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 13:54:07 | More by Webby64
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice copper color with a full, lingering head that laces the glass quite nicely.

Smell – Very pleasant, light aroma of hops, fruits, and even some grain.

Taste – Interesting mix of malts and hops. There’s a touch of sweetness in there as well, especially at the finish. There’s also a sour shadow in the flavor that I can’t quite pick out that I find distracting. It tastes almost like I tossed a lemon in the glass, but I didn’t.

Mouthfeel – This beer has a great mouthfeel. It’s rightly carbonated, thirst-quenching, saliva-activating, and goes down smooth.

Drinkability – This one goes down fine and stands out from the rest of the crowd. It is my wife’s favorite beer to drink, especially in the summer months.

Comments – The sour twang keeps this one off of my, “favorites,” list, but it’s interesting and unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 04:00:16 | More by RoyalT
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i hadn't had an anchor steam in quite some time and thus had forgotten what a great beer this is. pours a simply awesome ruby colour with a just-right head, and a just-right carbonation balance. everything is simply wonderful about the look of this brew. smells of malt and i detected a bit of caramel as well, which can be tasted as well, along with a bunch of other flavours, including spice, citrus, and some saltiness perhaps. this is a slightly creamy brew that is just incredibly easy to drink. i highly recommend it, and it is usually pretty easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 03:07:54 | More by guinness33
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured, this beer had a medium sized off-white head along with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and clear.The hue was orange and the nose of this beer was medium malty.The lacing was good on the sides of my glass.The flavor had a bitter fore and aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth and thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 16:03:09 | More by hotstuff
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice clear amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly to a ring around the surface. An aroma of toasted malts, yeast and flowers (hops?) floats above the beer. Each sip of this thin bodied beer is full of flavor. Toasted malts hold the taste together, but a mild hop bitterness and some spicy flavors add character to this delicious brew. A mild bitterness is left behind when swallowed.

This beer is well balanced and may be a good cross over brew for those who are prone to drink weak flavored beverages.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 20:22:59 | More by WanderingFool
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely nice clear reddish/amber colour with a white head that disapear not too quickly. I can smell some spice. Taste is bitter with some roastiness. I was little bit surprise considering the colour of the beer but I enjoyed it very much. I can't wait to try other Anchor products!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 15:10:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colour. Showed a pale ivory head that very quickly disappeared. No lacing to speak of. Smell is mildly hoppy and sweetish. Thin, almost watery mouthfeel. Bitter, hoppy finish. Taste of hops stays with your mouth.

Passable, but unremarkable to my mind.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 18:29:11 | More by TerryW
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml brown bottle with freshness date on back label. Opened it with a brass anchor bottle opener. I like the look of these bottles, and that's definitely one of my favorite logos of all time. Colour is a beautiful light amber, big foamy white head that subsides to a thin layer, some lacing as well. Nose contains caramel toasted malt, some sweet butteryness, some citrus, and rounded by floral hops. Smooth buttery toasted malt flavour, well rounded hop finish. Feels very creamy in the mouth. This is one very smooth beer, like a velvet glove encased in glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 23:13:26 | More by IronDjinn
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,085 ratings.