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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

4,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,984
Reviews: 1,870
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 139
Gots: 456 | 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 Gyle41386
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I haven't reviewed this one yet. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark amber pour. Two fingers of dense foam retain pretty well. Some really nice lacing is crusted to the glass.

Aroma is earthy, grainy, and lightly musty. Sweet and a little bready.

Flavor follows. Apparently there's a fruity flavor, but I'm not tasting it. Some spicy hops. Nice bitter finish.

Medium bodied, with an appropriate level of carbonation. Really easy drinker. Nothing too exciting, but a true classic.

Gyle41386, May 16, 2010
Photo of agreenman19
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

agreenman19, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: clear, golden amber body with lots of carbonation seen rising, white head dissipates with a lumpy looking leftover carbonated look, lacing is ringy and spotty

S: malty and yeasty/bready, slightly sweet and nutty

T: malts come back fairly strong, but not sweet, balanced with decent bitterness

M: light, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish

O: its not one of the greatest beers out there, but I`ll probably come back to it just to re-review

BeerKangaroo, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

nquigley16, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Matthew607
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Matthew607, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber/copery in color, clear, with a fluffy white head about an inch and a half in height. The head lingers half way through before it finally fades to a thin cover. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aromas of bready malt. Some light floral hops are present as well.

Taste: The beer has a strong malty presence on the outset, followed by a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Overall though, the beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, well carbonated. A touch dry with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting beer, somewhat rare and unique. This beer has great taste, an ABV less than 5%, and I don't get bored or filled up drinking it. Just a perfect session beer. However, it is unfortunately somewhat expensive for me (I purchased some Anchor 6 packs on sale for $6.99, they are regularly $7.99). If this were less than $6 a six pack, it would be a regular in my fridge.

BigRedN, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a thin white head. Aroma was slightly spicy, slightly grassy, but mostly malty.

This is the consummate pale lager. A wonderful balance between the sugary malt and the slightly spicy hops makes this a pleasure to drink. You can tell why this one kicked off a revolution. If you've never tried it, you're missing out. A dependable beer I could have anytime.

BBM, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Goldndomer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Light Amber, more of a copper color. Thin white head which dissipated somewhat quickly. Trace head was maintained around the perimeter of the glass due to active, persistent carbonation.

Aroma - Smells of a fresh lager. Cold it exhibits an herbal almost minty smell. As it warms up, I pick up an aroma of honey.

Taste - Malty, caramel. Fairly dry with a lingering bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - There's a good amount of carbonation. It's not too heavy or thin. Borderline creaminess at warmer temperatures.

Overall - Solid beer. Nice complexity. Clearly a step above an adjunct lager.

Goldndomer, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -22.3%

jmathis, May 26, 2012
Photo of dannyfayy
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

dannyfayy, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of BSuter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BSuter, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ChrisinRI, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of DemoniChris
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DemoniChris, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of seangibbs60
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

seangibbs60, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one to compare to my clone brew and figured why not give it a review. Cheers!!!

A: Pours a great reddish hue with a big silky smooth head on top.

S: Lightly hoppy flavor of citrus, and malts bring a sweet aroma to the nose.

T: Light lemon zest with some sweet malt flavors bready some hints of banana maybe from the yeast.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carb level.

D: Very drinkable I remember why I wanted to brew this classic beauty now once more.

nukem5, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +3.6%

h4ger, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Bustersuess
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bustersuess, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of kobeer
3/5  rDev -22.3%

kobeer, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

GreyGhost4, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Caskaway
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Caskaway, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beefytits4, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.28/5  rDev -15%

WholeLottaTricks, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev +3.6%

toppoop, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -22.3%

jonathaniler, May 12, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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