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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

4,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 4093
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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Photo of hotstuff


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
Photo of WanderingFool


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of EagleTalon


3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It either does not travel well (from SFO to Tulsa) or is overrated. It has a typical copper-amber color as most pale ales do and a slight head, as you'd find on an American lager. it is a fairly balanced brew but none of the malt or hop characteristics stand out. it finishes with a lingering bitterness that is expected. I'm wondering if the problem was with me, I'd had this beer before (in the bottle) several years ago in San Francisco and liked it ok, but this was a let-down. I'll try it again on-tap when I know my palate is not compromised.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2003 13:47:42 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of 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
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a very clear hazelnut brown colour. A nice puffy white head formed and shrunk down, leaving a lumpy lacing.

The aroma is very light, and oddly coppery. There is a little bit of toastiness, and perhaps I can imagine woodiness.

The flavour is an interesting balance of some light malt, and some lightly resinous hops. It has a nice lingering hoppy aftertaste. As I get through this one, I find more sweetness and up-front woody flavours. It's definitely a unique beer.

Though the body is nice and full, the carbonation is somewhat lacking. Anyhow, it's a very respectable beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 04:35:38 | More by Garin
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

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

One of my all-time favorite beers. A class of its own. Love it in the bottle with that crisp spicy taste; love it on tap where it's a little mellower. It has that briny taste that makes me think of San Francisco. Simply one of the most unique beers on the planet and a delight to drink...

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 12:24:52 | More by euskera
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium white head atop an amber beer with streams of carbonation cascading upwards. Aroma is a bit estery with enough hops and malt to balance the flavors. Sweet taste is complimented by a good amount of hops and the esters make one think of a style that is not quite an ale. Very smooth for an ale(?) with a good balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is of medium weight but not so much as to take away from the clenliness. Very good beer that i would enjoy on a hot day fishing a stream in the mountains.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 20:43:28 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of usualpulp


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

Pours a nice copper color with a rich white head, lots of carbonation. Slight fruit and nut smell , with a slight hint of malt and alot of hoppiness. The flavor of the beer is great, very nice balance between malt and hop with a slight bitterness to the finish. Small amounts of citris seem present here, along with some nut flavors, possibly almond. Overall this is a very good beer, nice character, and very smooth to drink. Not sure if it is worth the price I had to pay for a 6pk of it, but still good either way.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 14:18:45 | More by usualpulp
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an ivory colored head settling over clear deep amber liquid with ample carbonation. The nose is fresh sweet maltiness tempered with flowery hoppiness. Taste is crisp with sweet crystal malt-like notes, bready/biscuity flavors and a clean slightly minty hoppiness rounds out things. Finishes on a bitter and fruity note, very distinctive & very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 19:43:06 | More by beerluvr
Photo of woemad


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with the famous Steam Beer. This was a 12oz bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane.
Poured a golden amber, small head that dissipated quickly.
Fruity, honeyish odor, not unlike a Fuller's ESB. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and creamy. Taste starts out sweet and honeyish, gets thicker in the middle, with a nice, mildly hoppy finish. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer, and could probably put away several at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 17:18:16 | More by woemad
Photo of edchicma


4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good coppery color...Nice head that dissipates quickly. Smell was a nice malty aroma. Taste was excellent..a bit of sweetness followed by the the right amount of hops.. a nice balance. Mouthfeel was solid with a smooth feel, but still robust enough. Drinkability was excellent...extremely smooth going down...almost too easy to finish this 22 oz. offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 16:08:39 | More by edchicma
Photo of goz


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a light amber/copper, small white head quickly diminishes and leaves very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity, with some hops sneaking in the end. Flavor starts sweet, maybe slightly bready in the middle, and a good hoppy ending. I remember liking this more before than I seem to now.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 08:38:18 | More by goz
Photo of Reidrover


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

Bought in a really wonderful 22 oz brown bottle," Made in San Fransisco since 1896"
The beer looks a lovelly crystal clear darkish amber, with a 1 inch thick creamy white head..very good.
Nice clean aroma of slightly roasted malts and some spicy hopiness detected...fresh
The beer tastes a lovelly sweet, creamy ,chocolaty..with some small bitterness in the after taste.I really like this its a well balanced brew.
Very smooth on the tongue but does rough up a bit at the end.
Why did I wait so long to try this good old beer..its a great drinkable beer, simple yet great quality!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 21:22:08 | More by Reidrover
Photo of beerguy101


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice malt sweetness, balanced by a nice hop spiciness. Mild taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is very full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A simple well made beer. Classic style.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 18:51:30 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Bierguy5


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber/copper color with a nice foamy white head. Decent lace sticking to the glass. Smells lightly hoppy. Carmel malt with a touch of hops with an earthy, grainy taste. Light to medium body. This is a good session beer. It also goes great with food. Anchor Steam is a great classic American microbrew. Any beer lover should certainly taste one. It is a great beer to revisit now and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 18:53:09 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Stubbie1


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber in color and top off with a decent white head. The head gave way to a decent lace. The aroma is malt and musty yeast with a hint of hops. The taste matches the aroma with a nice hop finish at the end. I would call this a medium body and very easy to drink. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 05:45:33 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear, amber pour with a small foamy head. Very appetizing.

The nose was very dull with nothing distinct standing out in my mind. There was a touch of caramel but it seemed very lightly hopped.

The mouthfeel was pleasant and smooth if not creamy.The taste was light with some maltiness to give it body. And there was a touch of caramel on the fuzzy finish with just a hint of fruitiness.....possibly apricot (again, this was minimal).

For the most part a nice drinking experience but not one that i would call memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 16:28:43 | More by Popsinc
Photo of kmo1030


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden red in color. there wasn't much of a head. I didn't notice much a smell to this beer, it may have been just that it was in a resturant and there was a lot food smells around, but this beer didn't have a very distinctive smell to it. The taste was a pleasant surprise after taking a whiff and not noticing much. it was well balanced with caramel malts and hops. I noticed it was also very spicey, i noticed cinnamon and other baking spices, kind of like pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Its mouthfeel was surprisingly thin , but not badoverall a real nice beer, good flavor. got tastier as it warmed up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2003 20:00:57 | More by kmo1030
Photo of marcobrau


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The big deal with this beer is that it brewed in a unique fashion (fermenting with a lager yeast at ale temps) but that it also was saved from extinction by Fritz Maytag in the 1970s. It's an interesting story but how about the beer?

It is a classic, but it is a classic that must be cared for properly, just like a lot of other good beers. When fresh Anchor Steam has an agressive bitterness that is tempered with a healthy dose of caramel malts. These malts add some sweetness and body and a little bit of a rustic character. If this beer isn't consumed when fresh it tends to be more balanced, and well, kind of boring. It's the fresh hop bitterness that can really grab the attention of your tastebuds. The unique esters obtained from the unique fermentation process are subtle and could be interpreted as faults. I do believe these mineral-like qualities created by the yeast are under-appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 20:06:52 | More by marcobrau
Photo of far333


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light iced tea color with no head at all. Faint aroma of hop and florals. Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly and tingly, with carbonation being on the high side. The flavor in general is weak. It consists of mild malt, but there is a distinct metallic undertone to it. A light hop bitterness lingers. I just don't see the attraction to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2003 02:36:35 | More by far333
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this in bottles before and thought it was just fine enough, but on first tasting it on draft, my eyes and tastebuds blew wide open, and were all the happier for it! WOW!, what a difference freshness makes!
Appearance: clear, bright amber hue, and a frothy, thick off-white head.
Aroma: soft and clean, with hints of fruit, bread, cream, nuts.
On the palate: smooth and fruity, with a small hop contingent, and very, very tasty. Body is light/ medium, texture is good, finish is long and friendly!
The fruity flavor stays on the palate for the greatest portion of this drink, and continues to reward it's consumption. With every sip, the flavor jumps aboard with zeal and vigor, fresh and ready for the task (of refreshment!). Tasty, and tangy, and, again, very giving.
A bright, beautiful hybrid beer that goes down smooth and easily, always accompanied by flavor. A great American brewing accomplishment, I always say! I'm forever glad there's always Anchor Steam around!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2003 02:17:12 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of pezoids


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this beer. It has always been a favorite and one of the first "better" beers that I started drinking. The beer poured a bright amber/copper color and had a huge white and creamy head that clung nicely to the glass. Nice citrusy hop and bitter grainy aroma. Some floral and fresh grass there too. A light to medium bodied beer with a very clean and dry taste. Matched perfect with my Hamburger (well, just about any beer probably would). Finishes crisp and pleasantly bitter. A classic and a good one to revisit from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 17:39:22 | More by pezoids
Photo of beergeek279


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

On tap at Burgh's in Bridgeville. The color was a dark amber. The smell was that of maltiness. The taste is fairly unique. It's much heavier than a lager, but not quite an ale.........quite a bit of malt in it. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. As for drinkability, I think I could have a few of these. A unique taste, and as the last surviving example of an otherwise extinct style, and a good solid American beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2003 21:07:48 | More by beergeek279
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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