Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,376 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,376
Reviews: 1,962
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 172
Gots: 817 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pretty average tasting beer, glad I only bought a single.

Photo of HoppitySam
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled yesterday (12/30/14).

Poured from bottle into rock glass, 42F.

Nice tasty non-traditional lager with barley forward, slight hop finish. Easy to drink, not too heavy. No CO2 carbonation, only natural carbonation and traditional brewing methods. A real pleasure to enjoy and one of my favorite lagers.

Photo of comadiv
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seemed fairly bland or watered down. Still better than typical American domestic brews.

Photo of Milchad
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer. Nothing remarkable here, but very drinkable. Has a bitter aftertaste but pretty smooth going down.

Photo of kds2437
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man I'm tired of doing this.

Photo of mhutma1
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Flavorless and a big disappointment

Photo of kiddevo
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really drinkable beer. My new goto beer.

Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-17-14, poured into a shaker pint glass. Clear reddish gold color, one finger white thick head, pretty good retention and nice lace. Aroma is malty, with some light grassy notes. Taste was malty, like the aroma, with some peppery flavors and just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but very crisp, almost dry. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, quenched my thirst very nicely.

Photo of bmeehan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

What the hell is a steam beer?

Photo of interzen
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle (BBE October 2016) poured into a Troubador tulip glass

Look: Coppery red, single fingers-width of off-white head - some lacing, nothing major.

Smell: Not a lot to it, really, even after letting it stand for a while at room temperature and a bit of additional in-the-glass agitation. Floral and grain notes, mainly.

Taste: Oddly light - the best word to describe it would be 'clean'. It's got a hoppy-malty-fruity taste and lacks the usual bitter aftertaste. If anything, the aftertaste is more fruity than anything. Nothing to shout about, but definitely refreshing.

Feel: Again, a fairly light feel to it - some carbonation but manages not to be excessively 'fizzy'. Would be an eminently drinkable 'summer' brew.

Overall: not a style of beer I'm overly familiar with - I can't think of anything comparable in the UK off the top of my head - it's not a bitter and it sure as hell isn't like a lager either. Either way, given a choice I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of MILEHIGHFLY
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

My go-to beer when nothing else sounds good. Love the bite and to me it's got a good aftertaste.

Photo of Macsdaddy1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Great!

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Amber. Leaves little lace.
Smell: Honey, floral.
Taste: Bitter, malt, citrus.

This is excellent. Very dry. Has a nice bitter bite to it. Very unique. I will certainly get it again.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottling code ILH on the back label, whatever that means. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack. My first time trying this supposed classic beer from Anchor Brewing Company.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery golden orange body, not unlike that of an IPA really, with about two fingers of creamy off-white head. Leaves behind moderate thick lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - A somewhat light yet pleasant aroma. Creamy yeast esters, toasted grains, & some light herbal / fruity hop qualities in the form of an appley / cidery sort of aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - toasty grains, brown bread, mustiness, yeastiness, creaminess, some fruity apple-ish cider flavors, lightly herbal, and with a slight metallic note on the finish. Very tasty; simple, yet refined.

M - The feel is crisp & clean, with a residual bitterness / dryness on the palate. Light-bodied with good carbonation; very easy drinking.

Overall, an exceptional take on the Callifornia common / Steam beer style from Anchor Brewing. Definitely a beer I would be interested in having more of. Very recommended, especially for the style.

Anchor Steam Beer -----4/5.

Photo of UnicornProfessor
1/5  rDev -74%

The only beer I didn't finish on my Old Chicago World Beer Tour. I tried it about 2 years later, thinking it might have been a bad batch...it wasn't. My taste buds flip inside out to avoid the taste of Anchor Steam. Yecch!

Photo of NJBeerNut
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

A great tasting beer. Perfect balance between hop and malt.

Photo of TheWhitechapelProjects
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Very good! Flavorful but not to heavy!

Photo of jcruelty
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Never really liked this beer. I feel bad cos the brewery is just a few blocks away from my house.

Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

A classic! Pours deep amber with a white head. Aroma is big time caramel and sweet. Light bodied, well carbed and easy drinking. That sweet caramel carries through very well to the palate with a bit of earthy hop character and a clean finish. Could be a great session beer, I don't think there's ever a bad time to crack one of these. This is a very well made beer.

Photo of moundbz
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

smooth and a kinda numbing bitter after taste

Photo of Weis_Man
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Really didn't live up to the hype. Wasn't bad, but also wasn't memorable. Had it about a year ago.

Photo of WillWillows
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a dark golden color, generous head, nose smell was the good beer smell. The head stayed right with it while I drank. Mouth feels good, not bitter aftertaste. Nice hop taste, smooth and tasty. Good beer. Drink quite a few of these.

Photo of Extol
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a depth of flavor that appeals to me highly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

Photo of uncletoby
4/5  rDev +3.9%

fabulous beer.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

A- Anchor Steam pours a very thick white head. Nice lacing. It is dark orange/copper. There are tiny, if any at all, particles floating around. But mostly a light haze to the look.

S- I get a big spicy note out of this beer. A little bit of caramel. Brown bread crust and an underlying grainy scent (not adjunct in nature).

T- Big spicy flavor. Light caramel. Grains, but clean tasting. No adjuncts here in taste or brewing process. Hops are there for sure. Lightly floral. There is some kind of undertone of some funkyness or bitterness there too. That aspect is hard to describe in words. It's got ale and lager type tastes. It's like a sophisticated Yuengling. If you like that beer, this one is right up your alley.

M- Light to medium. Crisp, clean, and refreshing for sure. Pretty dry finishing beer. Carbonation plays well with the hop spice if that makes sense. Also has a good clean water taste.

*Overall this is a pretty unique tasting beer and style. Never had anything like it. It's like an ale, but it's a lager in style and taste as well. Some of the flavors are hard to describe without sitting down with a glass of Anchor Steam and figuring it out on your own. But that makes reviewing and tasting beer fun. It would be great with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, barbeque, or any grilled meats. Solid beer all around!

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,376 ratings.