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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,077 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4077
Reviews: 1815
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%


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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DrDocRudge

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While the color and smell say drink this one, I find that each bottle has a nasty metallic aftertaste to it. In addition, the beer seems watery in comparison to other ales, though firmer than all pilsners and most lagers. Some people swear by this beer, I just swear at it. Much better than Bud or Coors though.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2001 15:12:58 | More by DrDocRudge
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lagomswedish

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy peach colour with a thick, whipped-cream off-white head.

Smell: Struggled a bit here, as the aromas weren't that obvious. Some metallic hints from the hops and a mild bready backdrop.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced between a biscuity, malty body and apricot/peach fruits, with a noticeable sweetness as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: soft, light carbonation means this is one easy beer to swallow. Hop tingle remains long after the last gulp.

Drinkabilty. Goes down easier than an Italian footballer in the penalty box. A great all-year round beer that matches well with everyday food.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 11:20:22 | More by lagomswedish
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cfriend2

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Left this one out a little bit to warm up. This beer pours a rich amber color with a fully thick, off-white, chunky head. Mild citrus and caramel sweetness in the nose with some graininess and earthy hops. Bitter tasting in the beginning, then comes barley and grain and mild hint of sulphur. Roasted malt and caramel. Finishes dry with a mild lingering malt and citrus aftertaste. A beer with a great profile of flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderful, chewy and completely full. Carbonation is on the mark.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had, and my first of its style. I am extremely pleased with this one. In a class all its own.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 15:54:25 | More by cfriend2
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bl400315

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

New to BA, first review! Big Anchor fan, picked up in philadelphia. Type-bottle.

Poured nicely. Good white head, brown-copper color. Caramel smell. Very sweet taste, leaves a bitter, dry taste.

Had 2 to get a feel for it but could have easily kept going. Drinks very easy. Great steam beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:23:12 | More by bl400315
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nano

Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trip i made to Laredo Tx.

poured into a lager cup form a 330ml beautifull bottle

A- light brown color, with a nice foamy head that dissipates very fast

S- caramel and roast malts

T- caramel, herbs, and bitterness

M- medium body with a lot of carbonation

D- very good, this can be a exelent session for a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:43:59 | More by nano
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Schmit

Washington

2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank from the bottle, so I'll just assume that it looks fine. The label is appealing, anyway. Tried it while I was in Berkeley for the weekend since it was local and I couldn't remember seeing it in Tacoma (though now that I'm back, I keep seeing it around).

Anyway, couldn't really smell it in the bottle. It tasted fine, pretty much like any ol' somewhat drinkable lager. At first. There was a hot, lingering aftertaste that must be the weird California heat-loving brewing agents which this stuff has been concocted with.

I'd drink it if it were the only thing on hand, but I don't exactly have high praise for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 06:21:35 | More by Schmit
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jmperez

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a beautiful copper color with a nice frothy white head. With aromas of toasted malts with hints of citrus. The first drink reveals a soft bitternes with a bit of caramel sweetness. The carbonation is nice and makes this american classic easy to drink. only the price keeps me from drinking this one on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 05:05:29 | More by jmperez
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dustified1234567

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown with 3-4 fingers of he


S- Grainy and something else that I couldn't make out


T-A little tart for a beer. Also was harder to taste because of the carbonation.

M-Light not too smooth

D-A little tart and makes your mouth water and your cheeks pucker. Recomend it once

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 22:29:20 | More by dustified1234567
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Jangles

California

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double Deuce into a standard US pint glass (what a disgrace).

Not going to do the whole rundown on this one. Sorry, just an adequate but unimpressive beer that gets lost among the array of far superior choices at Hi-Time or BevMo. Boring. Pour me a proper pint, e.g., a Fuller's 1845, any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 12:13:11 | More by Jangles
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ipazilla

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six on sale for $8 So i figured why not.
Appearance : amber
Smell: Malty with a slight hop aroma
Taste: Malty dry and very little hop in the background, but overall a solid flavor.
Feel: Very smooth not too carbonated
Drinkability: I'm more of an IPA fan so this was a little to big in the malts to takedown but I could have one or two with a meal

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 23:13:24 | More by ipazilla
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pauljmccain

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz bottle into pint glass

A: Copper with a finger of slightly offwhite head

S: Quite bitter smell, very hoppy, though offset by a nice level of malts and a bit of fruit.

T: Again, the distinct hops dominate. Floral aftertaste. A bit bready but still fairly light.

M: Medium carbonation. Good, but I didn't think it was too amazing as others state.

D: Great for a specialty beer. Would go well with or without food, any time of day.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 04:31:08 | More by pauljmccain
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afogg0855

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually skip over this beer when I'm at the liquor store due to the vast over-usage of nautical terms to try and sell beer. (SeaDog, Shipyard, Harpoon, etc.) It's nothing against the beer itself, just parody in general.

It pours a huge creamy head you could float a golf ball on. Very light smell of sweet malts, sorta like corn pops lol.

Theres more alcohol taste than you would expect with a sub 5% abv. A slight bitterness to balance the sweet taste of apple and wheat makes this beer great. I'll definitely buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 22:12:35 | More by afogg0855
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CircusBoy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a rusty orange with a half inch fluffy white head which drops quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is grassy and malty

Taste is very malty and grainy with hints of hops and citrus .

Goes down smooth and well carbonated, could easily drink a few of these

Overall this is a good beer and is a great "go to". It is very unique, but tastes great, is priced well, and not hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:03:34 | More by CircusBoy
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mummbearsfan

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer drinking alone is aggressively both hoppy and malty at the same time. If feels like drinking an ESB at times but pairing it with rich foods cut the hoppiness out.

The aroma of caramel malts hits you right away thinking that this beer will be smooth but trying the first sip you get nailed with both the hops and the malts.

This is something I would drink again and recommend to others and have with rich fatty foods to cut the hoppiness down.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:22:24 | More by mummbearsfan
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adevans

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - One finger head with very little lacing. The head was dense and the liquid was an amber brown.

S - Faint citrusy smell with a touch of butter.

T - Ripe citrus taste was balanced well with rich hops and left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Very light mouthfeel with very little carbonation, which makes it quite refreshing.

O - Easy drinker that still satisfies the palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 13:16:10 | More by adevans
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Landar

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anchor Steam Beer
7B - California Common Beer

Pour on 1/18/14 from a bottle.

Aroma 10/12
Woody hops aroma supported by a toasted malt. As it warms a light fruitiness becomes pronounced with a hint of caramel. The pear fruitiness starts to become the dominant aroma with the toasted malt and woody hops taking a back seat.

Appearance 3/3
Medium amber color. Carbonation bubbles. Clear. White frothy head that builds surprisingly quickly with excellent retention.
A thick white foamy layer sticks to the sides of the glass and stays there.

Flavor 17/20
An immediate toasted biscuit malt with a noticeable woody hop bitterness and a distinct salt from the water profile hits you on the first taste. As you drink notes of caramel and pear comes through.
The finish is dry and very crisp. Very clean flavor. Grainy malt aftertaste with a lingering woody hop bitterness.
As it warms a pear fruitiness starts to dominate a tad too much and a grainy malt flavor comes through. The woody hop bitterness dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium bodied with a high carbonation. Crisp, dry, clean feeling on the tongue as it washes over. There is a mild astringency.

Overall 10/10
Overall Impression
This is exactly what a California Commons/Steam beer should be. It highlights everything that one looks for in this style of beer. The balance of the woody Northern Brewer hops is well balanced with the toasted grainy malt. There is a hint of fruitiness that comes out as it warms. The beer is crisp, clean, and refreshing.

46/50

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:28:03 | More by Landar
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CrescentFresh

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A very tasty beer. Malt sweetness and mild hop bitterness are present. All flavors blend in well to make this a unique brew. Worth the 7 bones for a sixer. Hard to find in this small town so I have to grab it whenever I see it.

Earns at least 4 out of 5 swills in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 02:17:18 | More by CrescentFresh
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ArcTeryx

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber with an orange-ish hue. There is a thick, slightly creamy looking head present. After the beer settled a bit, there was a small amount of lacing. This beverage smelled of caramel, with a slight citrus aroma as well.

This beer has a certain maltiness throughout, with a very light citrus flavor. There is a small amount of hoppiness in the aftertaste.

This is a tasty beer, with a good flavor. For me though, it has a bit too much maltiness to really be viable for sessionability. However, as previously suggested by others, this is a great beer for summertime, so drink up!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 01:49:05 | More by ArcTeryx
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Canibacea

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Im not drinking this right now but i saw it and its a personal favorite so here goes.

A- a nice dark amber, nice carbonation decent lacing, and a good foamy headwith some retention.

S-Smells nice and malty with some toffee and biscuit, and a little bitter hops.

T- Nice toffee biscuit again, with the hops bittering, as well as some citrus on the end. on the dry side. a good bubly beer that doesnt lack substance.

M- The cabonation is balanced perfectly with the body, giving it a nice girthy mouthfeel while maitinaning superior drinkability.

D-Can be drank on a hot summers day, or enjoyed by the fire in the dead of winter. Give me a six pack to go

Cheers mateeys

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:29:05 | More by Canibacea
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maddmaxstar

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam Beer

A - Orange-Amber, 1 1/2 fingers of bubbly head, goes away quick. No lacing to speak of.

S - Hops, sweet fruity smell, hints of cherries.

T - Smell carries into taste, full of hop bitterness, which lingers to the back of the throat. Cherry-Fruit taste apparent in aftertaste. Taste seems to mellow out and get better as you drink it, possibly due to warming up.

M - Watery, little carbonation.

D - This is a good beer for a Lager. I'm not a huge Lager fan, but after seeing a raving review on Youtube, decided to pick it up on my last trip to Nova Scotia. It's not my cup of tea (or beer) but it's much better than most Macro-swill lagers on the market.

Rating - 3.5/5 - (B+)
Missravenblue: 4/5 (A)

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:55:00 | More by maddmaxstar
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blincoln

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper with half finger of head. Settles quickly to a thin coating of bubbling foam and almost no lacing.

Aroma: Very subtle smell. Hints of malts and fruits.

Taste: The subtle smells come through in the taste giving you a colorful blend of malts (almost sweet like caramel), grains, and a touch of hops. Slightly bitter and yeasty as it warms and finishes.

Palette: High carbonation (this one had me burping). Not too heavy making it an easy beer to drink. Somewhat dry.

Overall: A great simple beer. Crisp, clean, and easy to enjoy…just like us Californians.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 05:40:38 | More by blincoln
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CDAtkinson

Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured an autumnal orange-golden hue. Less than a finger of a head but the carbonation was lively and discreetly sent bubbles up the glass the whole drink time.

S: Apricot, pine, barley (?)

T: This is such a well balanced beer. Bit of fruit (again, apricot) at the beginning with a palate cleansing dash of bitterness at the finish. It's well-hopped, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Clean, crisp, medium to light bodied.

O: Anchor Steam has not failed to deliver on any of their beers I've had so far and this is no exception. Excellent pairer with medium to lighter fare (I had it with rice and chicken just fine) or on its own as a refreshing drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 15:23:36 | More by CDAtkinson
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nanandtomfitz

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after drinking lots of this in college, got away from it for several years and had again for the first time in recent memory at a backyard BBQ. Maybe some nostalgia involved but really enjoyed having this again!

nice light copper color

smell - good malt, not too complex

taste very even and smooth; mostly one note

feels rich and well carbonated but still good for regular drinking, don't need to sip

very enjoyable overall, maybe not enough here to be a destination beer but a great companion to a meal or for an afternoon break from the golf course, etc.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 00:14:47 | More by nanandtomfitz
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geckointhebox

United States

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I prefer ales to lagers, but as lagers go, this was extremely drinkable. Great amber color, nice head and lace, good mouthfeel (for a beer of this type). Balanced with a hoppy finish. It had me looking in the 22 oz. bottle for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 14:10:19 | More by geckointhebox
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Oatsoda

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light red/amber color. It has a thick head with big bubbles that disperse after a few short minutes into a thin white film.

Some fruity scents-- sometimes citrus, sometimes grape. One more aroma I can't put my finger on-- vanilla, maybe?

Initially more malty, with a not-too-bitter hop finish

Feels substantial, partly due to carbonation, partly to flavors.

Very nice, easy to drink beer. Not overwhelmingly strong, but it has plenty of flavor to keep you interested. I could drink this one often and seem to like it better from the bottle than from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 10:03:49 | More by Oatsoda
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,077 ratings.