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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

5,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,237
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 683 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a rocky 1 finger white head. Minimal visible carbonation. Head is gone fairly quick and doesnt leave anything on the sides of the glass.

S: Real sweet malts with toasty qualities. Hops are real faint in the background. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Unique taste thats quite enjoyable. Great toasty bread taste, sweet with a light carmel. Hops say hello at the end up are taken over by the roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Goes down smooth and keeps you wanting more.

Overall a real good session beer. Really enjoy the taste of this brew and its sessionable qualities. Will certainly continue to buy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in body with a finger and a half of dense eggshell head out of the tap. Clear as crystal. Lovely snowy lace-cicles. 4.5

Toasted malt grain with some apple/pear esters. Nice bready ale character with crisp hops and clean lager aroma. 4.0

Crisp taste with tart apple flesh, moderate-to-heavy toast, an almost metallic caramel grain note. Balanced flavors with an citrusy hop note. 4.0

Exceptional feel. Quenching with a lugging body that slurps as you drink. Light carbonation seems to work for not distracting from the subtle intricacies. 4.0

Never had another California Common, but this is the bar set for the style. 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a clear amber tone with a big, creamy two finger head that demonstrates great retention but spotty lacing.

nose of this beer is fairly tame with subdued notes of caramel malts, maybe some bready/biscuity-ness and the hint of hops in the background. light caramel malts lead the way in the flavor; has a very bitter presence but it's not especially hoppy - the hops i do get are earthy/florally... bit of a metallic note to it... overall, not exactly terrible but not doing a whole lot for me, either. it does seem to be improving as it warms, however.

light/medium bodied mouthfeel, clean, moderate carbonation. drinks pretty well, would undoubtedly make a solid session beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Appearance: Pours an pale amber/orange body with about an inch of head.

Smell: Bready maltiness with fruity notes. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: This is a light summer time beer. It light maltiness and subtle fruit taste are great. The alcohol is light in taste. The spice (mainly coriander and I get a little sweet spice as well) is a good add in this.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear orange copper hue with a half finger width of bubbly, creamy white head. Lace clings nicely to the glass as you drink.

Smell - Grains, grass, apple, caramalt.

Taste - Pleasant flavours of grains and light grass, along with toasty caramalt and light hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall - A tasty, refreshing brew by Anchor. This is the first "California common" that I have tried and I quite enjoy the style. Nice use of toasty malts and grains. Definitely one I will go back to.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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