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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,404 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,404
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 244 | 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.

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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-26-2013 03:49:43 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass at Sawmill Tap Room on 4/28/12

A - pale amber; thick white head; great retention

S - caramel and lager yeast

T - straw, caramel, grassy, yeasty

M - medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation, smooth

This is a decent beer. A classic for sure. It has great drinkability, it's smooth, and has a refreshing flavor. It being a classic, I'll probably be back to it as some time.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 21:52:40 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-15-2013 06:21:20 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a buddy... poured into a tulip while grooving to Sasha Live at the Avalon and talking about beer and work.

Nice 3/4" off white head atop a very clear amber brew... lite lacing that dries to crusty bubbles.

Aroma is bunches of toasted and caramel malts melting perfectly into earthy hops... few other brews are like it... clean, no yeast esters at all.

This beer is dialed in... not really any way I can see to make it better tasting... toasted bread and lite caramel... clean bitterness and malts with a long lingering earthy undertow.

Anchor is always a goto beer when I can't decide what I want... I don't know what else to say except thanks to Fritz and Anchor for being revolutionaries.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 09:44:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a single from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of a kind of sour, earthy malt - more earthy than sour - with citrus hop aromas that also are slightly sour.

Tastes of caramel malt joined by a very light sourness. Ends with a light amount of bitterness and the caramel malt flavors linger after the sip is over.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation and good thickness make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I'm not sure how many of these I could have, but one went down just fine.

Overall this is an interesting beer that reminds me of another I've had that I can't put my finger on. The taste is very distinct and certainly worth a try if you haven't had it already.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:39:38 | More by glid02
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange/yellow, with some haze and a fluffy white head. The head lingered for a while, but didn't last more than half the drinking time.
Smells of sweet malt, some citrus and a bit phenolic.
Tastes like a dry lager. Mostly malt and biscuit, yet a bit dry due to the hops. Some floral and diacetyl, but that may be due to the tap lines.
Crisp feel, especially if its colder. A nice low alcohol brew. Should try it again in the summer

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2007 04:16:53 | More by Mebuzzard
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-22-2012 20:18:14 | More by sendbeer
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Gusler

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown stubby bottle a crystal clear deep amber with a personable creamy light tan head that last for eons before dissolving leaving a fine coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, clean on the palate, start is lightly sweet with the malt pleasant and the top light to medium in feel, Finish has a pleasing acidity and the hops delightful in their spicy presence, dry aftertaste, a pleasant beer on a still hot Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 22:36:26 | More by Gusler
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/orange color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, some hops, and some slight euro malt. Fits the style of a California Common / Steam Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of some pale malt up front, then yeast cleanliness, a very slight hop background, and a hint of a light citrus flavor. Overall, a decent example of a Steam Beer from my previous examples, but still nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:52:10 | More by Tone
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Brad007

Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper color. Aroma is somewhat malty. Taste is somewhat of a cross between a lager and an ale, as expected. Some fruitiness of an ale balanced with the smoothness of a lager. Interesting combination of styles. Apparently, Steam beer is a style that's not prdouced as often anymore.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 03:13:40 | More by Brad007
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2011 02:11:15 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden orange with 2 finger white head

smell: sweet malts, corn,

taste: caramel, with no aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, light body

Drinkability: Overall a very easy drinkable beer.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 15:50:59 | More by THECPJ
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Earthy-mineral & floral hops with a slight caramel aroma.

T: Earthy-mineral, caramel, orange zest, slight hint of fruity esters. There's a slight nutshell-like bitterness that I'm not fond of.

M: Moderate body, slightly higher than moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Personally I'm not fond of that nutshell flavour.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 17:35:13 | More by Derek
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, from an assorted selection of brews in dad's fridge

appearance:pours a watery caramel-copper color with a foamy beige head and moderate lacing

smell: sweet maltiness, some fruity hop action, lots of spicy aromas, some caramel, slightly nutty, earthy

taste: sweet malts are dominant, caramel in nature with some dry spice flavors, hops are bitter and lemony, grassy and earthy flavors are a major factor in the taste

mouthfeel: some hop bitterness, smooth bodied, spicy and dry finish

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 19:50:09 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As the standard for California steam beer, it should get all 5's. But then any crappy beer would rate all 5's if it's unique enough to be a new class. So I factored in my tastes...

The liquid was copper orange, very clear. Thin head on top which lasted pretty long. Smelled and tasted malty, not any bitterness at all.

Pretty good, a perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 22:20:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-29-2014 13:38:51 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:43:04 | More by chinchill
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-22-2014 22:26:50 | More by afsdan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-05-2011 22:56:16 | More by xnicknj
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-17-2012 17:20:41 | More by harpus
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml stubby poured into pint glass sept27 2010

A clear copper with a thumbs width of foam that fell fairly fast and leaves no lace

S sweet malts with a little honey, citrus, and bread

T fruitier then I expected from the nose but quite pleasant lots of toffee to go along with what I smell

M lots of bubbles and a little slippery on the gum's

D good beer for a session, good flavors but low booze

I'm a little surprised to see I've never reviewed this one before, always good for a 6 pack beside the river

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:39:06 | More by wordemupg
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-11-2012 00:35:30 | More by rolltide8425
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-28-2013 17:12:14 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle with a batch # on the back poured into a Nonic.

A - Clear, well carbonated orange amber color with a huge, bone-colored head that was dense and lumpy. Good retention.

S - Malty sweet with a caramel aroma backbone and a very light hop aroma. Floral with just a touch of bitterness.

T - The sweet caramel malt backbone comes through in the flavor too with an overtone of slightly bitter and floral hops.

M - Smooth and creamy with a bit of a bitter dry hop finish that mellows out well.

D - Very nice drikability with a fantastic malty, hoppy balance that goes down very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 14:15:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2012 00:16:06 | More by Zaphog
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,404 ratings.