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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 118
Gots: 268 | 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 DesMoinesMike


2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with an overabundance of white foam. The aroma is kinda hoppy but bland. The taste has a tartness that I don't find appealing, like it's meant to be acidic instead of build character. The finish is tart leaving a somewhat nasty aftertaste. No me gusta. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:32:51 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of terence


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-18-2012 14:55:19 | More by terence
Photo of Jackal

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2013 05:29:14 | More by Jackal
Photo of elniko


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich amber coloring with nice head creamy head. High carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Malty with some floral tones that I pick up, I really enjoyed the nose on this beer.

T & M: This is one fine brew, one of my faves that I haven't gotten around to reviewing. Taste is wonderfully balanced, malt up front with nice finish of slight bitterness and floral tones. Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

D: Highly drinkable and sessionable. One of my faves, only complaint is high cost of six pack here in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 18:03:43 | More by elniko
Photo of PaulyB83


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-23-2014 09:49:23 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of Theogre83


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2013 18:29:03 | More by Theogre83
Photo of CortexBomb


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is mild/medium orange with an impressive white head on top. Nose is softly malted.

Flavour starts out nice and full of caramel malts, a certain spicy, peppery tinge shows up about halfway, but the smooth malty overtone stays present for a good long spell. Yeast, bready, nutty with some slight, slight light fruit notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and full but nothing particularly special. Drinkability is good, a tasty, inexpensive brew that is available year-around.

The bottom line: Anchor's Steam beer is a venerable oldster on the craft brew scene at this point, but it still persists as a tasty, if not particularly depthy option. A great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 23:40:09 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of PatronWizard


3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixer to the head.

Pours almost clear amber copper. Decent white head settling at a moderate pace.

Smell of slightly sour malt. Yep.

Taste of slightly sour malt; grainy - like cereal. Neither good nor bad.

Pretty damn rude with the carbonation - rakes the throat.

What can I say? I'm uninspired.

Overall: uninspiring

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:06:38 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Jamstone714


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-30-2011 03:27:50 | More by Jamstone714
Photo of craftbrew502


4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-06-2014 12:44:58 | More by craftbrew502
Photo of Bromine


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2013 12:28:18 | More by Bromine
Photo of Greasy


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-22-2013 02:23:57 | More by Greasy
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-18-2014 21:56:11 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Photo of WesMantooth


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-15-2014 23:10:34 | More by WesMantooth
Photo of benito


4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know that Anchor Steam is one of the best beers made in the US today, but it is the seminal and definitive beer in this style, and any other California common or steam beer lives in its long shadow. Hence my scores.

A: Copper with a large fizzy head with high sturdiness.

S: Minty and woody. Exactly what I expect from this beer and, in turn, style.

T: The start is soft with a strong flavor of honey and is followed by a slightly bitter, dry, and bready finish. The minty hop presence carries through the flavor and adds a nice, refreshing zing.

M: Very soft and smooth. Medium bodied with good length and an ongoing emergence of flavors.

D: Top notch. This is a great session beer for any time of year.

There are more ambitious beers on the American market, and there are lots of other good, innovative steam beers too, but this is a classic and one that never dissapoints. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 02:20:00 | More by benito
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small, fine head that is gone in seconds.

S - Sweet and slightly citrusy. Inoffensive but very boring.

T - Fairly sweet and with a good malt character. Biscuit is present.

F - Light body and nice carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

D - Very easy and enjoyable to drink. Would be excellent to session.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:19:36 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of rowbow


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2014 18:48:48 | More by rowbow
Photo of baiser


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an golden orange colour, with a creamy, off white head. This beer is very carbonated. It's clean and crisp like a lager, and fruity like an ale. Kind of 'woody', with a clean malt character. It's got a bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 00:00:11 | More by baiser
Photo of ibbjamin


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid $3.29 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a pilsner glass.

The glass helps showcase a large two and a half inch frothy, off-white head after a standard pour. Head retains very well. Mostly transparent gold color. Pretty good amount of carbonation visually present. Good lacing.

Smells similar to a pilsner/lager, but just much stronger on the nose and seemingly much cleaner. Quality ingredients. Some mild grassy hops, mild yeast and gently sweet malts balance quite well.

Still very well balanced and clean tasting ingredients. The only shift I noticed from what I detected in the nose was toward the earthy hop spectrum.

Good carbonation, light to medium body and quite drinkable.

A good beer, but to me it seems relatively run of the mill. If I was wanting a "beer beer," this wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:31:42 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of alkemy


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy white head with quite a bit of staying power atop a golden orange/copper colored brew. This was one of my early forays into craft beer, and I still have a soft spot for it. Malt and earthy, floral hop scents. Taste is much of the same. It's a really nice balance between that initial crisp bite of hops and the not too sweet malt on the back end. Low ABV makes this very sessionable as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 01:46:32 | More by alkemy
Photo of grubefresh


4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-29-2012 07:32:26 | More by grubefresh
Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man


4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2013 20:47:17 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
Photo of Redwood21


4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upfront: My review "MAY" be biased. This was my first craft brew, and it was love at first sip. If anything that should be a statement to its quality. Its fun because its steam beer, not a lager, not an ale...its steam beer.

A: This beer is probably my favortie to look at. It pours a great amber color. The head is sort of a tan/offwhite color that pours thick but then drops to form a nice lasting thin veil. Beautiful.

S: I was suprised that a beer style labeled steam was so fragrant. I later learned where the "steam" term came from and realized my earlier thought was foolish...any way when you pop the cap and get a whiff its just good.There is some malty aromas but overall its just a reat smell that makes me want to start drinking.

T: This is where all beers make their moeny, and this anchor steam is "my" favorite, Its a beer that no matter what mood, what meal, what occasion, ill know id love to have one. there is a malty grain taste, with bitterness as well. The flavours like the aromas meld so well, and are balanced so well its hard to describe seperate flavours.

M: Extremel smooth, not sure how else to say ityou wash it around your mouth and is just tastes great and goes down so easily.

D: Highly drinkable, my all time session beer. If i had to drink only one beer forever (right now) this would be it. extremely pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 11:06:34 | More by Redwood21
Photo of KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-16-2012 02:44:57 | More by KGarrett
Photo of genog


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

Had this on tap at Teds Montana Grill. I had a unique bison burger with guacamole and Jalapeno peppers on it. It was very good and interesting in flavor. I wish I could say the same about this beer on tap.

Poured a pale orange color with no head when this one was brought to the table. Smell is muted with some caramel malt and some faint honey scent. Taste is of sweet malt and very little bittering hops. Smooth carbonation, somewhat crisp.

I actually thought this beer was better in the bottle than on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2007 03:33:54 | More by genog
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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