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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

4,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,754
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 369 | 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 h4ger
4/5  rDev +3.6%

h4ger, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Necronomad, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of NiceTaps
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark amber color, thick white head that will not quit and leaves decent lacing. Bubbly carbonation and radiant color enhance the look.

S- Bready, yeasty, caramel malty, and some fruity hops.

T-Pale malt and caramel backbone with some tart California lemony hop flavor. Earthy and pungent.

M- Great body for a 4.9 abv beer, nice crisp carbonation, too. There's some teeth to it, bite but not overly bitter. Dry malt and yeast finish.

O- Unique as a lager/ale, truly craft. Enjoyable very time.

NiceTaps, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of wertschy
3/5  rDev -22.3%

wertschy, May 04, 2012
Photo of sebaastionb
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

sebaastionb, May 11, 2014
Photo of cjac
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

cjac, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of claytri
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a fine amber with an eggshell head. The aroma was a blast of malt and floral hops. The taste was of hoppy malt with many floral and fuit hints in the finish. the feel was a full bodied beer that was fairly oily with a well proportioned hop finish. This was a pleasant experience I enjoyed the beer and it went well with the meal providing a nice counterpart to calimari and fish giving a good cleansing.

claytri, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a classic brew, from a brewery who has truly mastered this style.
Pours a deep brown color with orange highlights and a thick yellowish colored head and great lacing. Smells of orange peel and vanilla, and some barley. Tastes of wonderful barley, orange peel, vanilla, and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Drinkability is exceptional.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rogerthegill, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of cantfindme
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

cantfindme, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of HoustonTX
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale cloudy copper color, with a red hue. Small amount of head/lacing.

S - Earthy malts/alcohol.

T - Medium-bodied, light roasty malts, earthy tones, small citrus twang, and hop biterness which is pronounced from start to end. Leaves a clean perfectly bitter aftertaste.

M - Adequate carbonation and tasty on the palte.

Smooth drinking beer, and ultra unique. Definitely a solid brew for any occasion and one that I will be going back to in the near future. A must try.

HoustonTX, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of ChrisCage
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This brew has a very nice golden color, that is ever so slightly chill hazed. The head is impressive at first, taking up a good third of my beer glass, but I have to note that it really settles quickly....it does finally settle down to a thick film over the brew. Lacing appears to be excellent, as there is a great deal of small patchy foam clinging to my glass. Carbonation appears to be mild and fine looking...a very decent looking beer!

S- There is a medley of aromas going on here...I detect a good strong malt presence, along with some Earthy spice, some floral notes as well as some fruit...almost a blend of banana and citrus zest. The finish is of fresh hop bitterness. Very nice smelling!

T- Following the aromas quite closely, this is a very flavorful beer. The malt beginnings give way to some banana fruit, especially after it warms a bit, as well as some caramel/toffee notes. The finish is pleasantly fresh and shows some great bittering hop presence! A very nicely balanced beer from start to finish!

M- While this is still a light bodied beer in my opinion, it leans towards medium. The carbonation, while plentiful, is finely tuned and doesn't take away from anything. This is a very refreshing, flavorful brew overall!

O- I can't recall ever having Anchor Steam prior to this review, which surprised me, but regardless, this is a very enjoyable beer, which I will be sure to pick up again in the future. It's very well rounded beer and probably one of the tastiest lagers a person will find. It has shades of an English Ale, which is what I think is drawing me to it so well. Highly recommended!

ChrisCage, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured brown with some orange highlights and a single-finger head that lingered. The smell is mostly malt with some yeast and spices. The taste starts right off with a combination of malt and hops that lingers on the palate with some spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, although the hops may turn some people off. Probably the most famous version of the style, and definitely worth a try.

TheTrevor, Dec 24, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of fostachild
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best before 7 2012. beauty clear light copper colour. decent head that fades quick.

smell was heavy malt, with some citrus.

taste also malty, citrusy. slight bitterness. good carbonation but found this sort of dull as a whole - much like other times i've tried it. average drinkability.

fostachild, Jan 05, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SimonTja, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Getalegup, May 23, 2014
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this in quite some time, and hadn't been overly impressed when I did. Upon further review, however, I find this to be quite a nice beer. This would be a good beer to use to try and win over a macro drinker, as it is not too bitter or strong, but miles above the "big three". Nice, malty flavor, smooth and a little creamy. Some hop bitterness, but not much (compared to a lot of micros). Pours a nice, amber color, some carbonation, but not too much. Slightly sweet, and I wouldn't drink too many because of that. Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable beer, from a company that makes consistently terrific product.

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 01, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TypsiYpsi, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of zerk
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very unique beer... copper / amber with a thin white head... leaves a good lace on the glass. Malta aroma, some caramel and spice. Upfront, the flavor has a grainy charateristic, then bitter hops, followed by a slight sweetness. Has a rough mouthfeel, and a meduim body. It's been years since I tried this one... and this was probably one of the first micros I can remember truely enjoing. A classic.

zerk, Oct 27, 2002
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,754 ratings.