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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

4,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,514
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 120
Gots: 285 | 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 SitkaSteve


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-09-2014 07:52:22 | More by SitkaSteve
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 goalie33

New York

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: 2 and a half finger head on top of a clear but slightly hazy 'new penny' body. Carbonation can be seen coming up from the bottom, but they are in no big hurry. A very attractive looking beer.
S: Caramel and a nice yeasty smell with some fruitiness in the background.
T: Bready malts in the beginning give way to a fruitiness in the middle and a somewhat hoppy, dry finish.
M: Light to medium body. Slight prick from carbonation in the back of the mouth.
D: Very drinkable beer. Goes down smooth. Sessionable.

This is a very solid beer. Nice flavors and aromas going on. This is a very interesting style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 17:12:09 | More by goalie33
Photo of grubefresh


4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-29-2012 07:32:26 | More by grubefresh
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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 TrojanRB


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-03-2014 02:42:17 | More by TrojanRB
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
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with solid stiff white head that leaves good lacing.

Aromas are malty with a touch of hops. The flavor starts out with a bit more hop character in the finish than I first got in the nose. A clean lager character with enough hops to make it interesting. The malt character is toasty with a fruity character.
A moderate mouthfeel with decent carbonation makes for great drinkability. A quaffer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2009 20:36:14 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of baconman91


5/5  rDev +29.5%

05-31-2012 15:34:49 | More by baconman91
Photo of Davit


4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-19-2012 04:04:31 | More by Davit
Photo of WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of a microbrew was this beer. My friend used to steal it from his fathers package store. A clean taste, slightly sweet with a good balance of hops, it seemed exotic at the time, but now just tastes great. I definitely recommend this all.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 07:18:49 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours golden in color with minimal head retention. It smells nice, very fruity and citrusy, a lot of oranges, also some noticeable hops. Smooth and flavorful, there are some fruity notes matched by a bitter, almost sour taste. The bitterness really sticks around for a while creating a powerful aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, not too light and not overly heavy either.

This might not be the most drinkable beer I've ever had. It tastes good, but the bitter aftertaste has kept me from drinking more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 13:34:53 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of ejh06752

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2012 02:55:40 | More by ejh06752
Photo of Mack

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-18-2014 14:16:26 | More by BSuter
Photo of Jon


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a hopped-up lager typical of a west coast brewery. You certainly won't hear me complaining. Pours a pristine copper color with a thick, foamy head. Looks pretty good at first, and the smell is inviting, too. Notes of sweet malt and maybe a bit of spicy hops are evident. Taste is diverse with notes of the sweet malts at first, countered by the spicy hops toward mid-glass. Mouthfeel is rather grainy, which may take away from the drinkability a bit. Overall, though, this is a classic brew and one I've been fond of for quite some time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2002 23:31:23 | More by Jon
Photo of sneth019


3/5  rDev -22.3%

09-01-2012 17:20:48 | More by sneth019
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,514 ratings.