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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

4,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,877
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 408 | 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 ngandhi
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buttery, caramelly, and honeyed, this is an absolutely gorgeous beer. Anchor Steam centers this hybrid style of beer around the lager instead of the ale and so it comes off as a rich example of an otherwise unenticing style. Malt character is up front with flawless northern brewer bittering that's lightly spicy, but otherwise neutral. One of the most subtle beers I've had, yet it never fails to deliver. This isn't a beer, it's a lesson in etiquette.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All 4's here. Orangey-amber-good carbonation action-small head that holds well. Malty buttery apples and hops. Some caramel taste too. Taste is dry and not as bitingly bitter as I remember-there is a nicely balanced malt/hops blend. Some slight fruitiness. Dry mouthfeel --quite smooth and drinkable.

rousee, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of MSchae1017
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer poured a golden amber with an ample white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin film the whole way down the glass. The smell is mostly pale malts. The taste is a very strong taste of pale malts but it is balanced nicely with some subtle hops. There is a good thickness and some strong carbonation that complements this beer nicely. Overall a highly drinkable and very good for a hot summer day.

MSchae1017, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev +3.6%

toppoop, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Pillowburn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pillowburn, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of King_KongDCO93
3/5  rDev -22.3%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Andrew041180
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Andrew041180, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Bustersuess
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bustersuess, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of jordanimal
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at Brewskis in Fayetteville, AR and I believe this was a 16oz serving.

Golden and brilliant. I got a pour that's as close as makes no difference to a stadium pour, there's only a fine, soft halo. Even so, this halo is finding a way to cling in a few streaks to the glass.

Not much pop to the nose. Subtle pale 2-row, grain, cracker, and some lemony twang. Very lager-like.

Crisp, palate cleansing, clean. Not having previously had any California Common I was unsure how far they would lean to the light, crisp, fizzy side. This one does. Again citrus, lemon twang accompanied by crisp cracker-like grain. Very little lingers.

Crisp but not over-carbonated, very clean. More weight than a cold fermented lager in the mouth but possibly more cleansing and refreshing than many.

I have finally tried this legend, on-tap no less. I have heard that this is the best way to get your Anchor Steam and someday I'll compare to the bottle. A great alternative to macro for that icy summer drink but I couldn't possibly justify the $12 six-packs here.

brewerburgundy, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of BreweryRun
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BreweryRun, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

chossboss, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of ghostwalker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish gold body with a finger of white head. A very rich and robust appearance for a lighter, quenching craft beer choice.

Nose is sour graininess. Different.

Flavor is also different than any other brew, IMHO. Grainy up front, a sour and light bitterness on the finish. Not so much hoppiness as palate cleanser. A good balanced brew with a unique flavor blend.

Mouthfeel is cleansing and smooth.

Drinkability is very high. Always a favorite with food. It's high availability on the West Coast makes it one that I go to often when traveling on business.

ghostwalker, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, reddish/amber. Sort of a cider color. 1/4 inch head that settles to almost nothing. Sort of bready in the nose, earthy malt balanced with a very faint hop aroma. The taste is sort of peculiar. Not much flavor at all at the beginning of the drink, although it tastes very fresh and pure. The taste is mostly towards the end of the sip and ends with a rye-like dryness. The mouthfeel is crispy and smooth especially served relatively cool. Quite drinkable as well. It is almost like a brown ale with an extremely light body and a little less flavor. Good session beer I would imagine.

Rudgers73, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a SA snifter glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown, chestnut, with a 1 finger head that laces around the glass quickly. Maple syrup on the smell, sweet malt, sugary much like a Bock. Sweet sugars on the tongue caramel, very grainy lager taste a tad bitter on the finish. The feel light and dry. Very enjoyable beer, has alot of good characteristics that are hybrid from other styles.

gabedivision, May 28, 2011
Photo of Naes
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark copper in color with a three inch white head which provides adequate lacing and retention.
The aroma has a caramel malt base, yet remains hopier than I expected.
The flavor is also of caramel malt with a hop presence near the finish. There is also a citrus rind characteristic within this brew.
Mouth feel is light to medium in body and has active carbonation.

Naes, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours copper/amber with a thick off-white head that lasts for a good while. Not much lacing left behind.

S-Balanced between caramel malt and citrussy hops, yet the malt seems to slightly edge out the hop notes.

T-Near perfect balance between hops and malt. The hops supply a citrussy, yet grassy and slightly earthy flavor. The malt is slightly toasty with hints of caramel. I had guessed the hops were some kind of Noble hop due to the grassy favor I was picking up, but they use Northern Brewer. Regardless the flavor is very good.

M-Thick and creamy. Its a heavier beer.

D-The low abv. and great flavor make this one that you could enjoy many of during a single session. However, its a heavy beer which could possibly cut into the number consumed at one time.

Overall, this a true classic. I think it is one of those beers that often gets over looked and is under appreciated, especially in our culture of bigger and bolder beers. It is truly a great beer and every time I drink it I feel privileged to be able to drink such a masterpiece. To me its nearly a perfect beer.

thegodfather2701, May 27, 2012
Photo of Pauly2X
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep clear golden color, one finger head.

S- Spicy hop aroma with hints of light caramel malts.

T- Grainy leading to roasted malt in the middle with light notes of fruityness and a pleasant dry hop finish.

M- Smooth, decent carbonation.

D- Not quite as drinkable as most "light" beers, but enjoyable nevertheless.

You just gotta give it up for the true American beer!

Pauly2X, May 12, 2008
Photo of Necronomad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Necronomad, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +3.6%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of OB1
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

OB1, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of KillaB
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

erha2, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light orange beer with lots of visible carbonation and a nice and sticky, white sea foam head with great retention. Very aromatic, with smells of crisp lemon and light wheat malts coming up to the nose. Maybe a touch of orange. Very pleasant.

The taste is unique in its blend of bitterness and maltiness. The bitterness is quick and clean, but gritty in the end. The wheat malts come in and fill in the cracks, making the taste very full. The bitterness is sharp and poignent, leaving a very dry finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste. There is a lemon rind zest that brings the flavor full-circle and gives the beer its character. All the flavors are right on, but somehow the mouthfeel seems slightly too carbonated, making it fizzy in the mouth. The other aspects of the mouthfeel are dead on though, perfectly dry and crisp.

This is one of those beers that other beers of this style get compared too. I really enjoy this one and will always take one if offered, and will still buy on occasion.

chodinheaven, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Larrydoherty, May 14, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,877 ratings.