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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

4,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 132
Gots: 409 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

AndrewMichael, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sponger, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ccbass22, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/2013

A- Crystal clear copper pour with a finger width white head that leaves tracks and gobs of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweetness and biscuit smells from the malts with a touch of floral hops.

T- Biscuity malt taste, with a floral hop presence and a slight metallic note. Very good, very easy drinking. Lingering aftertaste.

M- Thin the medium bodied, light on the carbonation.

O- Very good, this isn't a huge seller in my area but that leaves more for me. Excellent beer to sit down and enjoy a couple per sitting.

korguy123, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with an average white head that soon reduces to a lasting ring and leaves a modicum of lacing.

The light, earthy aroma is pleasing, but it is too mild to be very enticing.

The flavor (4.2) starts with a good hit of earthy/spicy hops, with the malt component becoming more apparent mid-taste. The hops are present all the way through, making this steam beer seeming to build in intensity through the finish. Great hops/malt balance leaves both bitter/sweet and other flavor components in exemplary balance. Excellent roster of malts.

Anchor Steam has a medium body; excellent carbonation, and a refreshing crispness.

O: excellent choice as a session beer or replacement for one of any light or macro-adjunct beer. Slightly milder than an average APA, but with as much flavor. Should work well with many lighter-flavored foods.

chinchill, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of MammothTarantula
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

MammothTarantula, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

weerezboy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

A: Pours a light amber with a cap of pure white foam that sticks and leaves lacing.

S: Crisp, earthy hops and light caramel accent toastiness and deep bitterness.

T: That lager flavour: crisp lemons, spicy hops, mild melanoidins, but the ale is there too with smooth caramel and toast notes.

D: Super drinkable and refreshing. I would love a case of these in the midst of a hot summer day.

Overall: Its a great little beer and there is nothing else quite like it. Right smack in between a lager and an ale. This classic brew will always be a good choice.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A reddish, orangish coppery hue. Holds a nice head. I had to leave my beer sitting for a few and was impressed at how well the head held.

S- I smelled a lightly citrusy, floral smell.

T- Hoppy and bitter, lightly aromatic. I detected a bit of citrus, and some very mild fruit notes.

M- Pretty nice mouthful. Not at all watery or light.

O- A very nice beer. I prefer more intense ales, porters and stouts, and this is far from the best beer I've had, but this is definitely a beer I want on hand.

CuteZombieDoll, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

RyanCoonan, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Steamer2012
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Steamer2012, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of longbongsilver
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In between home-brews at the moment and got curious about this style, having never had a steam beer before. Figure the most known would be a reasonable introduction. Pours a highly effervescent clear color somewhere between burnt orange and a very-very light brown-red, huge head pulls away from the mug to practically float in the beer. Last couple mm of the head are stubborn in an amusing way.

Clove-ish sting on the nose, with some bread, but otherwise very clean. Can't tell the hop character from smell alone. Let's swig...

Clove from the nose inches towards cinnamon on the taste, and the bready bit I assume from the yeast sticks up just a tad more than it suggested, though it doesn't show aggression in particular on any one component. A nutty character comes up as it warms. Odd as it sounds, I get a dryness in it I'd usually associate with cheap malt liquor, yet somehow here without the strength or the adjunct negatives.

Goes down simple and clean, no aftertaste. This is a chugger and quite proud of it.

On merits standing alone, it makes a nice utilitarian intro. On its tastes v. my usual tastes it diverges quite a bit, but man can't live on double stouts alone. I don't love it, but I understand it.

Now to attempt to make an imperial version...

longbongsilver, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jrenn, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TheBMan, Jan 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

rJulianz, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rogerthegill, Jan 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Beerme09, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sonomaroma, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

cycoduck, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JmBrkr, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, slow bubbling orange-copper coloring that has a thin, filmy, white head of very low profile. Aromas are very well blended, with a caramel malt presence and roasted characteristics. Flavors showcase a more tangy malt presence, with a good hops bitterness to balance from the background. The roasty character and the peppery spices from the hops are great accents to the malty backbone of the beer. Smooth bodied, with a crispness to the finish from the hops. The aftertaste is a good blend of the malt sweetness and the roasty notes. Very well balanced beer, and insanely easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

mrip, Jan 22, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,885 ratings.