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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

5,139 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,139
Reviews: 1,901
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 148
Gots: 590 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Noxious26
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in pint glass.

Clear, copper coloured. Thin off-white head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with touches of fruit and hops.

The words that come immediately to mind are: Bright, crisp, dry. Taste is bitter hop with undertones of fruity malt. The aftertaste is dry and hoppy and lingers for awhile, but not too long.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but very fizzy. Too much carbonation in my mind.

An interesting blend of hops and malt, but the hoppy-bitter bite is a little harsh for my liking. The first time I had this was at a fish and chips joint in Crescent City, CA and went really well with my meal, but I've had it a few times since and can't say I'd consider it much more than an average session beer.

Photo of nickhiller
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear amber colored, low visible carbonation, a few bubbles here and there about the rim.

S: yeasty, earthy, malty.

T: bitter lemon and earth, it tastes a little bit like a cup of iced tea that has been steeped just a little too long.

M: light bodied, sharp on the tongue with a bone dry finish.

O: I'm a huge fan of this beer, it's one of the beers that prompted me to start exploring in my early days. It's kind of strange to come back to it, I think my palate has been irreversibly changed by the beers that I drank in the intervening years, but in many ways it's just as good as I remember.

Photo of mtrog313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tviz33
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a short 12 oz bottle in to a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a clean amber color with an inch of tan head. Very nice.

S- Again, pretty clean. Slightly hoppy and citrusy, and it even has some sour apple notes.

T- After the first sip I'm no quite sure what to make of this beer. There's a fairly solid hop presence and even some sourness up front. The flavors arrive early and linger around for a while.

M- Very unique mouthfeel. Creamy, slick, and slightly oily. The tongue is coated until the next sip. Moderately carbonated as well.

O- A good beer to try once for the hell of it. I guess it wouldn't be a bad session beer either since the mouthfeel tends to subdue some of the bitterness.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber; medium head; good lacing

Aroma: Light malt; light grassy aroma; light citrus

Taste: Juicy malt on start with a quick, light hit of hops; light citrus in the mid; finishes a little tart, bitter, dry and crisp; pretty refreshing and sessionable, but not complex

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of EF4
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ThaCreep
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose hop soft and warm, a little wood mint too. The taste is hoppy but not excessively. It contains malt and slightly sweet, which gives an almost imperceptible hint of caramel. Beer pleasant, easy drinking and should deploy its full power enjoyed on a long beach in the state of California.

Photo of dannyfayy
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BrewMaster
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a cloudy brown color and a thin tan head that does not last long. The aroma is minimal with nothiong impressive besides the malty smell. Flavor consists of light roasted malts, breadiness, and a touch of non-distinct hops. It also ends with a bit of sourness. Overall this beer has nothing too distinct about it. It beats macro swill, but not by much.

Photo of tmm313
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright transparent amber with 1/2 finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: Was not expecting this in the least. Pear, apple, caramel, slight citrus hops and sweet spiciness. Just a touch of booze. It reminds me of a sweet white wine.

Taste: Bready with slight caramel malt. Finish is a rush of sweet pear, apple juice, piney hops, and soft pepper.

Mouthfeel: Super light and refreshing with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with bready, fruity and peppery aftertaste.

Overall: This one caught me completely off guard. I was expecting a lager and got something more similar to a fruit beer. And a pretty good one, too. Hot summer days beg for this beer.

Photo of xacidx
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mickeymac
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another always-reliable beer from a west coast brewery. It's an all-night beer with good aroma and flavor.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color. Two and a half fingers of buttery white head rose and dissipated slowly to leave a fluffy spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Mmmm. Reminds me of Dave's Foxhead. I thought I smelled some macro corn adjunct at first, but it dissipated to make room for pleasant floral hops, toasted caramel malts, and honey.

Taste: Has a hoppy bite at the beginning, which is surprising and welcome. Toasted caramel malts, honey, and a light citrus zest.

Drinkability: Smooth, creamy, and enjoyable. Will I miss you California? Maybe. Will I miss your beer? Sure, but I'll still be able to buy it.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate pour from bottle as shown yields a nice white two-finger head over a clear orange-amber body. Ample lacing in drink lines. One of the prettiest lagers I've seen.

I'm usually not crazy about lagers, but this one has a wonderful maltiness right away in the aroma. Strong biscuit malt, bread dough aromas. Floral hops. Raisin bread. Mmmm. Smells very good. Is that a note of smoke.

Taste is similar to the aroma, though the hops are more up front and the malt is more long-lasting. Pine-hops bitterness in the finish. And that hint of smoke?

Mouthfeel is nice a creamy, unexpectedly so for a lager style.

Very drinkable -- more flavor than one would expect for 4.9%.

Photo of Syraquse
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of dspinler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-17-14, poured into a shaker pint glass. Clear reddish gold color, one finger white thick head, pretty good retention and nice lace. Aroma is malty, with some light grassy notes. Taste was malty, like the aroma, with some peppery flavors and just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but very crisp, almost dry. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, quenched my thirst very nicely.

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jackorain
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Amber color and very clear. 1/2 inch off-white head (no lace) fell to thin ring in a few moments

S-Sweet carmel malt, faint spicy, green hops and lager yeast

T-Lager yeast, spicy hops with a mild bitterness that linger a few moments after the swallow.

M-Nice lager zingy carbonation. Light body a little fizzy

D-Very drinkable could easily be a session of not a lot else was available

Photo of Anthony1
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass

This beer was also an upset. I have never had a steam beer before, so perhaps i am missing the point of the style. Pours a lighter amber color with a terrible head that quickly disappeared and left no signs for its existance. The aroma was very basic with no specific smells. The taste was similar. There were no distinct flavors, mild hoppiness and malt. Felt light but had no redeeming features. I didn't want to finish the beer, but i did in hopes it would get better toward the end... it didn't

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,139 ratings.