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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,773 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,773
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 377 | 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 SimonTja
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SimonTja, Jun 03, 2013
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
Photo of TypsiYpsi
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
Photo of Jarod
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours into the glass a clear dark gold/copper caramel color. The head is not too thick but large. The lace on the sides is quiet evident to the end of the glass. The aroma is of malt, caramel, hops, floral and some spices. The taste in the beginning has hints of caramel (slightly sweet) then hoppy. Followed by some citrus and a little bitter. It then goes slightly sweet again before it finishes somewhat dry. The flavor stays with you a little while after. Not what it used to be, but it is still a good starter beer.

Jarod, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of goalie33
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.

goalie33, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

addiwilliams, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of midnitesun11
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

midnitesun11, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of aqualung23
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

aqualung23, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a burnt orange with a two finger creamy off-white head that slowly fades to a lingering mess of lacing all over the glass.

S. Lots of malty sweetness with bread and some caramel.

T. Loads of sweet malt with some crusty bread.

M. Medium body with medium creamy carbonation.

D. A fairly low alcohol brew with some good body and nice malty aroma and flavor. This is a solid brew that I came back to every couple of months.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of SHCC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

g_jenkins, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of silverking
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

silverking, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Stillyman11
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of goschool
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to review this beer on Monday. I put a bottle in the freezer to chill it quickly, but I forgot about it and the beer froze. By that time, the rest of the six-pack had gotten down to the serving temperature in the refrigerator, so I grabbed another bottle. Immediately after pouring the second beer, I knocked over my pokal and spilled almost all of it on the rug. I cleaned it, Fabreezed the beer smell out and gave up for the night. This review is from beer number three. It went straight from the fridge into my glass and down my throat without passing 'Go' or collecting $200.

Pours a clear amber, with average-sized white head that leaves modest lace. The aroma is mild, but toasty malts fallowed by earthy hops. The taste is somewhere between a lager and an ESB. Hop bitterness overtakes the caramel malts, but nothing is terribly assertive. This is one of the beers, if not the beer, that started the craft beer revolution in America so it deserves its props and it's one hell of a session brew to boot.

goschool, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of kinger
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect when I bought this therefore I had no expectations. Pours a nice orange/amber with a creamy head that sticks around for the duration. Minimal lacing clings to the glass and a slow but steady stream of carbonation is present. This beer is extremely aromatic primarily consisting of sweet malts. The aroma is absolutely wonderful. The taste is very malty, sweet, and even a bit hoppy. There is a good balance present in this beer and makes for an enjoyable experience. The more I try this the more I like it. Creamy and full on the palate with a smooth finish. Overall this is a great beer that I could easily enjoy in any setting.

kinger, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: A few shades darker than a penny under a finger of white head that sticks to the glass nicely.

S: Sweet, fruity malt, grain, whole wheat bread and butter.

T: The initial taste is a tawny, rich lightly roasted malt flavor that is deep and vibrant. This melds seamlessly into the aftertaste which is richly malty, biscuity, and simple. There is a dryness that lends a balance to all the malt in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied and rich. The carbonation is smooth but not overly biting.

D: Very drinkable and very satisfying.

Overall: This beer smells rather like a good Czech Pilsner, and tastes rather like a good lager mixed with a bock, and somehow is none of the above. This is a true classic; the taste is something every beer enthusiast should know. Try this beer...

allforbetterbeer, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing is another company that can be considered one of the "pioneers" of the microbrew revolution. Who knows where American beer might be if Fritz Maytag stuck to selling household appliances instead of beer. Anchor Steam Beer is a unique beer that is just a bit funkier than your average run-of-the-mill American macro.

This beer pours a nice copper/amber color with a decent off-white foam that lasts for about 30 seconds. A very fruity aroma emminates from this beer with a light hoppiness detectable underneath that. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and there is a low-moderate amount of carbonation in this brew. The fruity flavors seem to be the focus here, and a bubblegum like flavor seems to partner up with the fruitiness. There are some hints of caramel malt with an even lighter hint of buttery toffee. Some soapy flavors make their presence felt as well, with a low-moderate hop bitterness popping up in the finish with a grapefruit like quality. The aftertaste has some flavors of toasty grains, and is more dry then I was expecting. The beer finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a very easy to drink beer, and even though it isn't the most complex brew in the world it is certainly an interesting one. I wouldn't mind having this with some "finger foods" such as mozzarella sticks, potato skins, buffalo wings, etc. Fritz did the beer drinking world a service by saving the Anchor Brewery, and I'll salute him by drinking a few of these anyday.

Beastdog75, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Hautacam
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've had this in at least 20 yrs...probably the first micro that I had.
Clear amber ..big off-white head..lacing hangs around ...head drops to a film.
Very little smell...faint malt....metal.
Tastes at first like bitter almond....then a sweet malt emerges...grainy, burnt toast....the bitter is always present and is dominant at the finish with it's strange little almond/cherry bite.
Medium bodied; high carbonation.
I found the bitter odd flavor too much for me and did not finish it...I let it warm to see if more malt or something would come out and balance it...but it just didn't get better.
I still think this beer is worth a try...everybody likes different flavors , as odd as they may seem to others.
I don't ever remember tossing one of these in the old days.
Has it changed or has my taste changed..????

Hautacam, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange/amber body with a huge and off-white craggy head that leaves decent lacing

Aroma: Caramel and toasted malt ride atop more subtle hops and lemon notes

Taste: Quite bitter up front with rich toasted malt, caramel, banana, and citrus right behind - this is a full-bodied beer

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a good amount of carbonation, leaves a nice grain-like aftertaste

Drinkability: While you can't doubt the boldness of this beer, it's still wonderfully sessionable

Verdict: This beer easily earns its status as an absolute legend by being both crucial to the revival of American beer and downright delicious. We owe this beer a lot, buy some and enjoy a few pints of your history.

BeanBone, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of JVoyager
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JVoyager, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Lupe
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber-copper color nice, thick and chunky head (that dissipates quick) that leaves nice lace. Great apperance, makes your mouth water just looking at it. Not much to the smell, some malt and floral hop aroma, but what it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, especially for a lager. Starts with light caramel malt taste which then leads the way toward the hops. Some citrus flavor and a crisp bitterness lead to a dry finish and a lasting aftertaste. Very good.

Lupe, Oct 16, 2002
Photo of Padron4KM
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

Padron4KM, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a trip to San Francisco I drank quite a bit of this stuff from the hotel bar. I'd had it in the bottles at home a few times before, but this is just so much better off tap. Needless to say I saw pleasantly surprised when I fould this on tap locally at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells like nice malts with a bit of hops thrown in there.

The taste is much like the smell, lots of sweet maltiness with a little bitter bite at the end.

This beer goes down very smooth. It is fairly creamy with a nice balance.

Very drinkable, one of my favorite tap offerings. This keg traveled particularly well. If it wasn't for the distance I would have this beer as often as I can.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

morrowd3, Jun 30, 2013
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,773 ratings.