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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

4,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,886
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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Photo of AKuehn47
4/5  rDev +3.6%

AKuehn47, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ParkbrauFan, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that dissipates immediately.
Nice hop smell. Hints of nice caramel malts.
Taste has a very nice balance. Good roasted malt and also dry hops.
Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is great on this beer. The balance between the malts and hops is almost perfect and the smooth mouthfeel makes it go right down.

BDIMike, May 26, 2008
Photo of scratch69
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

scratch69, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Profchaos20
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a off white one finger head, that dissipates into a thin white cap that hangs around. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass. The beer is Amber in color and crystal clear, very nice looking.

S - Light herbal and grassy hop aroma. Sweet malts and bread, slight spice and fruity.

T - Balanced, light malt, light earthy hop, fruity, finishes with a slight bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and smooth.

O - Solid beer, nothing that stands too far out but it's a classic and enjoyable.

Profchaos20, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Stillyman11
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of beertaster13
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes, with all the beers a BA tries, some just get lost in the shuffle. This one reminded me of how much I liked it the first time around. Pours a amber with gold streaks, the head is creamy and 2 inches thick. The aroma is of summer fruit and light barley, hints of floral lace the nose. The taste is classic session, the floral aroma blends well with the creamy buttered malt, this is the ultimate summer beverage.

beertaster13, Jun 17, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1" off-white creamy head. Bright orange/amber beer. The head has decent retention and leaves some light lacing.

S - Sweet rich malt. Clean. Hint of fruit. Clay?

T - Malt (caramel, toffee, butter). Some fruitiness. Pleasant bitter finish.

M - A little short of being medium bodied. Carbonation seems just right on this beer. Fairly dry, long finish. Fresh and well made.

D - The drinkability here is high -- this is a very quaffable brew.

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

This beer has a clear amber color with minimal head. No lacing and medium carbonation. The aroma is lacking anything profound. There is some graininess to the initial taste. with a precenance of hopps that controls the taste. There is nothing special about this brew, but it is at least worth a try.

WJVII, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one plus fingers worth of head, clear amber brown coloring. nice retention, some active bubbling.

s- malty, some biscuit, sweet malt, bready, candied sugar.

t- nice, complex malts - bready, biscuit, sweet. very remniscent of an oktoberfest, some spice in here as well, a touch of pepper, finishes with some earthy bitter hops.

m- medium, slick, nice.

d- great, this is a solid beer with a great and true reputation. i pick this one up and drink it every once in awhile.

thecarster1, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear amber. Light, yet persistent carbonation. Greyish yellow foam cap. Yeasty bread dough and crisp astringent hop aromas. Angular maltiness with fruity-yeasty links to a citric bitter hop finish. Clean, crisp and juicy, and light in body. Out of this world drinkability, but I'm usually satisfied by just one. Props to the OG, Mr. Maytag.

orfeu, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original steam beer. Right on, textbook to style as hoped/expected.

Appearance is dark golden honey color, noticable clarity, excellent head/retention & lace.
Aroma is distinct. Noble/Euro hop spice.
Tastes as it smells on a semi sweet pale malt backbone.
Medium body, medium+ carbo.
Overall a very nice balanced brew, along with a sneaky hop bite. I like it.

unclejimbay, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear IPA like copper with a thin, slightly off white bubbly head. Zero lacing and some signs of carbonation.
Fruity esters, nice splash of citrus and caramel like malt in the nose. Very unique.
First thing that comes to mind when drinking this is an IPA without the strong citrus rhine bitterness. The earthy, herbal hops are still pronounced but balance out very nicely with the fruity, clean biscuity and buttery malt aspect of the beer.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp that finishes off dry and very refreshing. Decently priced down here in Halifax, I could definately see this being a session beer for me.
Overall, another great brew from Anchor that left me anxious to try another interpretation of this style. Very tasty and easily drinkable, I would highly recommend this beer.

ludachris, May 03, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Jerseyislandbeer, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

h4ger, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

KornWallace, Jun 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Lurkerson, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Barnsley, Jul 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,886 ratings.