Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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5,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,061
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 140
Gots: 494 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a one finger head that receded to lasting surface skim, with little lacing. Body was an orange copper.

Smell - esters, diacetyl, toasty malt, and some lemony hops.

Taste - almost exactly like the smell, except far less diacetyl present in the taste. Toasty malt, lemon hops. Some tea (malt) with lemon (hops), also. Diacetyl also seems to dissappear as ale warms. Normally diacetyl ruins a beer for me, but it is tolerable, even a little enjoyable here.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well. Very sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light coppery amber lager. The vicorous pour resulted in a generous 2 finger off white head. This brew had a persistent level of fine carbonation. Clingy and intricate lacings did there best to defy gravity and pretty much hung out where they stuck to the glass.

Pleasant mild aroma of toasted white bread and crust. A pear like fruitiness, as well as mildly floral hops with a touch of lemongrass.

Yummy and straight forward. Cracker, toasted white bread and crust. Mildly yeasty with notes of pear. Finishes slightly bitter with a touch of lemon and green grass.

Light bodied, somewhat crisp, but certainly refreshing brew. Very well balanced with its lightly toasted malts and continental hop compliment. Almost creamy.

Very drinkable, straightforward, approachable, yet tasty, wel;l crafted session brew. Would be a great brew for introducing BMC drinkers to craft brew. Will be enjoying a few more of these this summer.

Photo of jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour yielded a 1/2" cream colored head, which slowly dissipated to reveal some little bits of edge lacing. The body is a bright orange-amber with some picturesque lazy bubble trains observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Crackerlike malt, ripe fruit (yellow raisin, banana, and gala apples), and some vinous notes appear on the nose... yet no detectable hop aroma...

T- Clean and crisp with moderate crackerlike malt flavor and some restrained fruitiness. The hops just *barely* emerge in the finish as a mild bitterness.

M- Medium body. Well attenuated, yet with a little viscocity to it. The carbonation is so soft it is almost impereceptible.

D- OH YEAH. Super drinkable... and as expected the "clean crispness" of a lager with the fruitiness of an ale. Just amazing... and it is also great to put an ultra classic like Anchor Steam to the lips... it's like drinking history!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on March 10.

A: Medium amber. Surprisingly robust head.

S: Malty, buttery, fruity.

T: Slightly toasty malt, bubblegum-like fruitiness, clean hop bitterness. So unique as to almost defy description.

M: Light to medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

T: This is pretty much the coelacanth of beers: a living fossil. There's certainly no other beer quite like it. But it's more than just a historical artifact. It's a good beer in its own right. If I'm at a bar that has it on tap, I always order at least one pint. Honestly, though, I don't seek it out as often as I should.

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.

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

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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