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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,633
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 333 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2013 18:17:00 | More by JVoyager
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A: crystal clear with steady lacing, this light copper brew holds its head well.

S: bouquet is quite faint, and bread is all that makes it through.

T: dry and crisp, with notes of caramel and citrus to make things interesting. This brew is well crafted, and subtle in its flavor.

M: light body with moderate carbonation.

D: a great brew for the table of the tavern, anchor has made a name by brewing this original ale.

04-18-2010 20:30:58 | More by Avagadro
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-23-2013 06:11:04 | More by rfbenavi80
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-10-2013 13:45:10 | More by Andrew041180
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice amber in color with a lot of head that fades to a slight covering at the end. Incredibly easy drinking and in that respect quite dangerous :) Well balanced and complex to the point taht the hops and malt take turns coming through. A wonderful standby beer.

05-03-2003 14:51:27 | More by jreitman
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours copper with 2-3 fingers of very light tan head. Head fades away somewhat quickly to a cap over the body, then holds on nicely. Patchy lace.

Sweet caramel malt aroma. A little bit of grassy hop.

Caramel malt on the palate backed by citrusy hop. Moderate bitterness. Bread. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium body and medium carbonation. A craft beer classic.

07-22-2009 20:08:40 | More by mintjellie
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Sampled from 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle. Pours clear amber-copper color with slightly off-white head. Thick head at first that takes some time to settle but once it does it leaves a nice residue for the remainder of the beer. Medium carbonation and lots of bubbles. Smell is mainly of malt and sweetness but there seems to be a small, very small touch of bitterness. Flavor is nearly identical, mostly malt, some caramel with a toasted feel to it but there is a taste of bitter hops in there, a very nice balance. Leaves a slightly dry feeling in the mouth that I wasnt too fond of but wasnt terrible either. Overall a great beer, easy drinker with a great taste to it.

09-06-2007 22:01:57 | More by bunnyhustle
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

05-07-2013 17:55:35 | More by pcsnyder
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-26-2012 21:14:20 | More by Pinche_Oso
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2012 00:57:54 | More by GiantMidget
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Had on draft, always a welcome favorite.

A- Pours a deep golden amber, with a nice tan head.

S- Scent of toasted malt and subtle hops.

T- Toasted barley, very biscuity, a very clean, balanced flavor.

M- Well carbonated, not too bubbly, thin to medium on the tongue.

D- A super beer to spend a session with, tasty, but not overly done.

07-29-2007 02:59:55 | More by cichief
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-09-2013 16:17:54 | More by Duvel
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-22-2013 12:52:23 | More by Shawnspl
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2013 18:29:03 | More by Theogre83
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

A- Crystal clear amber with a nice white head that lingers for a decent amount of time. Just a nice-looking beer.

S- Strong malty aroma. Almost bock-like. Hops add just a touch of grassy aroma.

T- Malts once again dominate. Nice caramel flavors are complemented beautifully by the spicy hops. Bitterness is moderate and balances the beer out nicely.

M- Nice medium body and good carbonation. Solid.

D- Excellent. I could have several of these no problem. Great session potential.

Great beer. I can see why this beer is so popular. There's nothing really fancy about it; it's just straight-up flavorful and drinkable. Give it a try if you haven't already done so. Recommended.

04-23-2007 23:27:28 | More by vtfan77
Photo of shroompod


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz poured from bottle into pint glass.Head retreats quickly. Clear copper color , with plenty of carbonated bubbles.

Smell has slight malt notes , almost no hops.

Taste has a slight hop bite that mingles well with the malty base.

Moutfeel is medium weight , high carbonation.

Drinkability is very good , a good session beer.

04-22-2006 18:32:57 | More by shroompod
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-16-2010 17:12:09 | More by goalie33
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-30-2013 22:19:46 | More by dcisco44
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-28-2013 20:49:40 | More by Brinks
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beautiful copper colour, pours with just a finger of frothy head, carbonation not vicious, but very pretty. Smells hoppy sweet, caramel and citrus notes.

Taste is wonderfully hoppy, refreshingly bitter, and full of sour citrus, grapefruity...

Mouthfeel has a nice bite to it, sticks to the back of the throat. A very summery beer. This says "west coast" to me in a big way. Even though I haven't much experience with this style, I'm already a bit of a fan.

09-06-2005 23:18:57 | More by trevorwideman
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-01-2014 05:58:37 | More by mpenske
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Review based on three bottles consumed over 3-day period.

This bottles served up an amber beer with a thin foam.

Both malt and some fruity aromas were noted. These aromas were not strong, but pleasant.

The malt in the taste reminded me of some Euro pilsner malts, and the hoppy bitterness was strong.

The beer satisifingly coated my mouth.

The malt and the smooth mouth, makes this a pleasure to drink. The bitter finish is just a little harsh at first, not my favorite hops, but the malt is so good.

08-29-2006 16:02:16 | More by pweis909
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-18-2012 14:55:19 | More by terence
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger, sticky, foamy white head that lasts forever.

Smell is of faint hops, not much of a smell really. There is a little bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is unique. Its hard to pinpoint exact flavors but this isnt a bad thing. There is some hops bitterness, perhaps a little citrus present. Maybe a little bit of a wheat taste. There is also a little malt. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good and this brew is very drinkable. A great session beer. Despite there not being distinct flavors this is a good brew and if you haven't ever picked this up you should do so and give it a try. Despite it not being my favorite Anchor beer (the Liberty Ale is) this is solid.

09-10-2006 02:58:07 | More by hckyfn9999
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much head formation. Its a nice amber color with a little reddishness to it and a bit of cloudiness. The aroma is a nice, malty aroma with some woodiness (similar to a Scottish Ale). The taste is a little bitter up front and finishes very sweetly with a taste similar to the smell. Its pretty light in body and very drinkable and refreshing and would make a good session beer. Cheers.

12-28-2009 07:31:44 | More by SkunkWorks
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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