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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

5,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 1,918
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 160
Gots: 646 | 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

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear reddish amber color with a finger of quickly disappearing head. Few bubble stream to the top and from there becomes quite placid.

S: sweet earthy candied malts, yeast, molasses and hay.

T/M: Dry light sloshy liquid with good carbonation and slightly mouth numbing. Earthy, caramal malt with a small citrus backbone. Maybe hint of wood. Dry, crisp finish.

O: Nice drinkable beer with mild but delicious flavor. Well done.

Photo of IAmHollywood13
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Lurkerson
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Carl_R
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty, earthy aromas mingled with mild floral hops waft from this light amber / honey colored beer. Head is minimal.

Taste is no surprise after reading about the brewing process. Mild ale flavors made more crisp and subtle by the lager yeast. Caramel malt leads the way, followed by a dry, zingy, carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing almost in the same way as cola, with a slightly floral hop finish.

Very friendly on the taste buds; high on the drinkability scale. The amount of flavor is "just right" for a session brew: solid quality, but I could go through several of these without thinking about them.

Photo of Natural510
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle pours a golden-orange amber with good amount of head which dissipates into a thin layer of lacing.
Aroma of light hops and biscuit malts, with a slighty sweet fruitiness.
Biscuit maltiness blends with a mild hop bitterness; moderately sweet with apple & orange. Slight pepper note at the end.
Hops leave a smooth and not harsh bitterness in the mouth. Stays well-carbonated and light on the palate.
Smooth, easy-drinking session beer. Not too light, not too heavy. This is the quintessential go-to West Coast beer, even more than post-runners such as Sierra Nevada and Stone.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmm, good beer in the Congo. Anchor Steam poured an amber colour, with a big three finger head. After a few minutes, the head went away, just leaving a small amount of foam. Lacing coats the glass like a curtain. Very pleasant. Sweet smell of malt(vienna?), banana, citrus, hop, and more malt. Sweet tasting, with enough of a bite to be satisfying. Little overcarbonated mouthfeel, but that's forgivable. Highly drinkable. A good session beer, and my first beer of this style.

Photo of emwild12
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a pint glass at about 50 degrees (F) it pours a deep amber color w/ 1 cm of frothy tan head w/ lots of cling to my glass. It also appears a little cloudy at first as well. Smell is of sweetness- cherries or raisins malts maybe. However, no hops or dark malts other than fruit, nothing too special. Smooth vanilla cherry flavors up front with some hops to it and then a little more hops on the finish; a little watery also and not too complex. However, this is a very decent beer to drink. Prickly carbonation that sticks to the tip of your tongue on the sip and then follows the contours of your tongue even after the swallow (lots of carb!). Light-medium bodied; mild and smooth and very easy to drink a whole lot of them!!

Photo of santoslhalper
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a decent sized white head. No lacing, and little carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a very earthy malt smell. The hops back it up nicely and the yeast is also very present in the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is mainly of malts, and not ones that are all that flavorful or complex. The hops barely make a statement in the mouth. The flavor is bland and uninviting. The mouthfeel is thin but smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Again, Anchor has left me down. First the OSA 04, and now this. I have yet to try their Bigfoot barelywine, but I have one waiting for me in the cellar. Hopefully it's better than this bland beer.

Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CJNAPS
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is mild. Has more of a sour fruit aroma. Slightly sweet with some floral notes. Has that lager type taste with a very slight sweetness to it. Nice bitter hop at the end with a sour fruit aftertaste. Not much of a lager drinker, but this one is not bad and definitely worth trying. It is my first try at a Cali Common.

Photo of tjd25
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is dense and regular and faded quickly; the body is of a red amber color. The smell is very malty and reminded me mostly of sweet watery caramel. Almost porto like. A bit yeasty, showing also a fruity character, maybe sweet strawberries. Also a chestnut aspect and a very dry floral note of straw. Interesting. The taste shows caramel but mostly a sweet winy/porto-like fruitiness, oaked and viscuous. Some sweet citrus too. A thick and dry hoppiness reveals a mint and chocolate character. The mouthfeel is quite pronounced, but maybe the accent on the hops is a bit over the top. Maybe a bit too thick to be highly drinkable.

Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jryanj927
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of taigor
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with big head that quickly dissipated leaving decent lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront followed by hints of grass, caramel and fruits.

T - Slightly sweet to start followed by hops, slightly bitter to finish but just right.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very delicious and enjoyable beer.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark amber color, thick white head that will not quit and leaves decent lacing. Bubbly carbonation and radiant color enhance the look.

S- Bready, yeasty, caramel malty, and some fruity hops.

T-Pale malt and caramel backbone with some tart California lemony hop flavor. Earthy and pungent.

M- Great body for a 4.9 abv beer, nice crisp carbonation, too. There's some teeth to it, bite but not overly bitter. Dry malt and yeast finish.

O- Unique as a lager/ale, truly craft. Enjoyable very time.

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

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.