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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

4,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,984
Reviews: 1,870
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 139
Gots: 456 | 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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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Nice & Clean Orange color with a good amount of carbonation.

Smell - Yeasty and Bready scents with some minor barley and floral hops. Reminds me of Fat Tire in some respects to the yeasty aspects. Smells good!

Taste - Yeasty and yet at the same time, contains copious amounts of malts. The hops are a bit more citrusy here than in the smell. Pretty simple flavor, but it tastes excellent!

Mouthfeel - Crisp and Refreshing. Body is light and the carbonation is fairly mild once you let it sit for a couple of minutes, and that makes it a very easy to drink!

Overall - This is a beer that anyone can enjoy, whether its the craft beer enthusiast or the casual yard beer drinker. It's simple in flavor, yet it tastes good enough that it can please just about anyone!

NuclearDolphin, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of tsulli
4/5  rDev +3.6%

tsulli, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It defined the style, heck it is the style!

I drink Anchor Steam at every Phillies game since they started carrying it, and plenty before then....

A true classic. Mild enough for the novice craft beer drinker and good enough for those have been around the block once or twice.

Pours amber with nice head retention, subtleness of an ale and smoothness of a lager.

Fcip78, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of zachgroves
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

zachgroves, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rydev24, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jeff8086
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jeff8086, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Edwaka01
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz into pint.

A - Light amber, CRYSTAL clear.

S - Belgian. Malts and hops, but a significant Belgian yeastiness very forward in the aroma. Dark fruits, esters, caramel.

T - Balance. Nothing super forward. Same specifics as in aroma, fruit, malt, hop, and that distinct Belgian yeastiness. Nothing super prominent or obvious.

M - Easy drinkability. Smooth, tasty, and not aggressive. Perfect for the style.

O - A standard for sure, and now I understand why. Not outstanding for any one particular reason. Outstanding because everything here is done well. Readily findable and not expensive. A perfect fallback beer, and something I plan on drinking plenty more times.

Edwaka01, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Homebrewjason
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Homebrewjason, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of skmann
4/5  rDev +3.6%

skmann, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer, though slightly thicker around the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas are predominantly pale + caramel malts with a slight hint of lemon and hops.

T: The flavor is extremely malty with hints of caramel sweetness. There is a small amount of bitterness from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Pretty easy to drink and probably the best known beer in the style - I probably had my first one of these about 15 years ago. There is a nice complexity to the flavor and the beer is quite easy to drink. Makes me think of being in San Fran.

dbrauneis, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of derekmorris7
3/5  rDev -22.3%

derekmorris7, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bcal16, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of JasPAr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JasPAr, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BillH200174
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper/amber color and formed a nice off-white head, that left some nice lace. The aroma was of malt and some hops. The flavor was of malt and hops with a slight citrus aspect. The finish was a touch astrigent, giving it a slight bitter aftertaste.

BillH200174, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Kevin79, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ardy007
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ardy007, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BlackDrongo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BlackDrongo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of SHCC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of nwatson
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

nwatson, Feb 25, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,984 ratings.