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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

4,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,634
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 334 | 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 ParkbrauFan


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-24-2014 02:36:23 | More by ParkbrauFan
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4/5  rDev +3.6%

I haven't had this in quite some time, and hadn't been overly impressed when I did. Upon further review, however, I find this to be quite a nice beer. This would be a good beer to use to try and win over a macro drinker, as it is not too bitter or strong, but miles above the "big three". Nice, malty flavor, smooth and a little creamy. Some hop bitterness, but not much (compared to a lot of micros). Pours a nice, amber color, some carbonation, but not too much. Slightly sweet, and I wouldn't drink too many because of that. Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable beer, from a company that makes consistently terrific product.

04-01-2003 19:58:15 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of wertschy


3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-04-2012 21:51:24 | More by wertschy
Photo of zerk


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A very unique beer... copper / amber with a thin white head... leaves a good lace on the glass. Malta aroma, some caramel and spice. Upfront, the flavor has a grainy charateristic, then bitter hops, followed by a slight sweetness. Has a rough mouthfeel, and a meduim body. It's been years since I tried this one... and this was probably one of the first micros I can remember truely enjoing. A classic.

10-27-2002 15:13:26 | More by zerk
Photo of Jarod


3.63/5  rDev -6%

It pours into the glass a clear dark gold/copper caramel color. The head is not too thick but large. The lace on the sides is quiet evident to the end of the glass. The aroma is of malt, caramel, hops, floral and some spices. The taste in the beginning has hints of caramel (slightly sweet) then hoppy. Followed by some citrus and a little bitter. It then goes slightly sweet again before it finishes somewhat dry. The flavor stays with you a little while after. Not what it used to be, but it is still a good starter beer.

12-02-2002 08:50:19 | More by Jarod
Photo of KornWallace

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-05-2014 20:37:43 | More by KornWallace
Photo of Mack

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2014 13:40:39 | More by Mack
Photo of midnitesun11


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-18-2013 00:02:38 | More by midnitesun11
Photo of SimonTja


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-03-2013 03:11:36 | More by SimonTja
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


4.13/5  rDev +7%

A. Pours a burnt orange with a two finger creamy off-white head that slowly fades to a lingering mess of lacing all over the glass.

S. Lots of malty sweetness with bread and some caramel.

T. Loads of sweet malt with some crusty bread.

M. Medium body with medium creamy carbonation.

D. A fairly low alcohol brew with some good body and nice malty aroma and flavor. This is a solid brew that I came back to every couple of months.

10-14-2010 23:23:05 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of SHCC


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-25-2012 18:39:37 | More by SHCC
Photo of g_jenkins


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-28-2012 03:53:21 | More by g_jenkins
Photo of silverking


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2013 01:43:05 | More by silverking
Photo of aqualung23


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-24-2013 19:06:27 | More by aqualung23
Photo of goschool


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

I wanted to review this beer on Monday. I put a bottle in the freezer to chill it quickly, but I forgot about it and the beer froze. By that time, the rest of the six-pack had gotten down to the serving temperature in the refrigerator, so I grabbed another bottle. Immediately after pouring the second beer, I knocked over my pokal and spilled almost all of it on the rug. I cleaned it, Fabreezed the beer smell out and gave up for the night. This review is from beer number three. It went straight from the fridge into my glass and down my throat without passing 'Go' or collecting $200.

Pours a clear amber, with average-sized white head that leaves modest lace. The aroma is mild, but toasty malts fallowed by earthy hops. The taste is somewhere between a lager and an ESB. Hop bitterness overtakes the caramel malts, but nothing is terribly assertive. This is one of the beers, if not the beer, that started the craft beer revolution in America so it deserves its props and it's one hell of a session brew to boot.

12-22-2005 10:12:10 | More by goschool
Photo of Jamstone714


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-30-2011 03:27:50 | More by Jamstone714
Photo of WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-04-2014 23:56:52 | More by WillAndSarah
Photo of kinger


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Didn't know what to expect when I bought this therefore I had no expectations. Pours a nice orange/amber with a creamy head that sticks around for the duration. Minimal lacing clings to the glass and a slow but steady stream of carbonation is present. This beer is extremely aromatic primarily consisting of sweet malts. The aroma is absolutely wonderful. The taste is very malty, sweet, and even a bit hoppy. There is a good balance present in this beer and makes for an enjoyable experience. The more I try this the more I like it. Creamy and full on the palate with a smooth finish. Overall this is a great beer that I could easily enjoy in any setting.

07-31-2008 18:23:52 | More by kinger
Photo of allforbetterbeer


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: A few shades darker than a penny under a finger of white head that sticks to the glass nicely.

S: Sweet, fruity malt, grain, whole wheat bread and butter.

T: The initial taste is a tawny, rich lightly roasted malt flavor that is deep and vibrant. This melds seamlessly into the aftertaste which is richly malty, biscuity, and simple. There is a dryness that lends a balance to all the malt in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied and rich. The carbonation is smooth but not overly biting.

D: Very drinkable and very satisfying.

Overall: This beer smells rather like a good Czech Pilsner, and tastes rather like a good lager mixed with a bock, and somehow is none of the above. This is a true classic; the taste is something every beer enthusiast should know. Try this beer...

01-14-2010 06:06:26 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8%

Anchor Brewing is another company that can be considered one of the "pioneers" of the microbrew revolution. Who knows where American beer might be if Fritz Maytag stuck to selling household appliances instead of beer. Anchor Steam Beer is a unique beer that is just a bit funkier than your average run-of-the-mill American macro.

This beer pours a nice copper/amber color with a decent off-white foam that lasts for about 30 seconds. A very fruity aroma emminates from this beer with a light hoppiness detectable underneath that. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and there is a low-moderate amount of carbonation in this brew. The fruity flavors seem to be the focus here, and a bubblegum like flavor seems to partner up with the fruitiness. There are some hints of caramel malt with an even lighter hint of buttery toffee. Some soapy flavors make their presence felt as well, with a low-moderate hop bitterness popping up in the finish with a grapefruit like quality. The aftertaste has some flavors of toasty grains, and is more dry then I was expecting. The beer finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a very easy to drink beer, and even though it isn't the most complex brew in the world it is certainly an interesting one. I wouldn't mind having this with some "finger foods" such as mozzarella sticks, potato skins, buffalo wings, etc. Fritz did the beer drinking world a service by saving the Anchor Brewery, and I'll salute him by drinking a few of these anyday.

02-03-2004 03:48:00 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of Hautacam


3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

First time I've had this in at least 20 yrs...probably the first micro that I had.
Clear amber ..big off-white head..lacing hangs around ...head drops to a film.
Very little smell...faint malt....metal.
Tastes at first like bitter almond....then a sweet malt emerges...grainy, burnt toast....the bitter is always present and is dominant at the finish with it's strange little almond/cherry bite.
Medium bodied; high carbonation.
I found the bitter odd flavor too much for me and did not finish it...I let it warm to see if more malt or something would come out and balance it...but it just didn't get better.
I still think this beer is worth a try...everybody likes different flavors , as odd as they may seem to others.
I don't ever remember tossing one of these in the old days.
Has it changed or has my taste changed..????

04-25-2006 13:20:41 | More by Hautacam
Photo of gnikola


3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-17-2013 14:28:56 | More by gnikola
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a amber-copper color nice, thick and chunky head (that dissipates quick) that leaves nice lace. Great apperance, makes your mouth water just looking at it. Not much to the smell, some malt and floral hop aroma, but what it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, especially for a lager. Starts with light caramel malt taste which then leads the way toward the hops. Some citrus flavor and a crisp bitterness lead to a dry finish and a lasting aftertaste. Very good.

10-16-2002 13:54:25 | More by Lupe
Photo of Padron4KM


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

06-23-2007 06:09:48 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

On a trip to San Francisco I drank quite a bit of this stuff from the hotel bar. I'd had it in the bottles at home a few times before, but this is just so much better off tap. Needless to say I saw pleasantly surprised when I fould this on tap locally at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells like nice malts with a bit of hops thrown in there.

The taste is much like the smell, lots of sweet maltiness with a little bitter bite at the end.

This beer goes down very smooth. It is fairly creamy with a nice balance.

Very drinkable, one of my favorite tap offerings. This keg traveled particularly well. If it wasn't for the distance I would have this beer as often as I can.

09-30-2009 04:38:50 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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