Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,382 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,382
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 173
Gots: 823 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of NicholasSchell
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into U.S. Pint glass, medium/medium-dark amber color, clear, 1 finger head dissipates to 1/2 finger with decent lacing and retention for the amount of head, appears to be pleasantly bubbly.

S- Inviting warm malty scent. Earthy. Smells like Fall. Faint hoppiness.

T- Slighty more hoppy than the smell suggests. Good malt flavor, not too sweet. Taste lingers, promoting frequent glass to mouth contact.

M- Medium body, perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, great candidate for a session.

Photo of knoxtennessee
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a beer. Lightish amber color and a nice head that fades a little too soon.

S- Pretty complex for such a low gravity. Malty, grainy, slightly toasty, a little spicy, really nice hop character when it's not too cold. The hops are a refreshing change of pace, woody, juniper, almost evergreen quality. So nice to have an American beer that doesn't smell like grapefruit juice.

T- Follows smell, nice malt character, grainy and mildly sweet and a tiny bit of toasty malt. Nice fruitiness balanced with a hint of lager like sulfur. The hop flavor is more of that complex north woods vibe with the perfect amount of bitterness to offset the malt. Very slight fuzzy apricot character on the end.

M- Enough body to be interesting but light enough to have a few on a hot East Tennessee afternoon.

O- One of my new favorite session beers. Such a refreshing change of pace from all of these cookie cutter APAs.

Photo of masey222
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Amber orange with a very thick orangey off white head and a really nice lace....
Kind of a roasted fruity rich smell with some grassy hop...
The taste initially is fresh crisp and fruity then goes into a very floral hop that wasn't bitter really but was strong and floral and dry ...

...Over all a good sipping beer but defiantly not something I would pick first, but there really wasn't much wrong with it, just not my personal favorite.

Photo of Adam5150
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/copper color, has an average sized foamy white head that last and forms a nice lacing on the glass. Has a grainy, bready flowery aroma. Light and balanced hop and malt flavors, medium body with a dry crisp finish. Very easy drinkability.

Photo of JeffreyG
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time about two months ago. I found that after couple of weeks of having this beer (I had had just one) I was seriously craving it. It has a great deep amber color to it with a foamy head. It's taste is a great balance of malty richness followed by just the right amount of hop finish. This has quickly become one of my favorites. And I love the unique bottle shape as well.

Photo of Dougal
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a disappointment....it was good beer with not much of the frills of many of the other beers that i would categorize it with. It was like a pale ale light, the lingering malt/hoppiness dance does not stay with you long and the beer tends to flatten out a bit towards the end of a sip.

It reminds me of a brown ale that is trying to be a pale ale but without the gusto....I'd like to try the liberty and hummer for comparison. Does the lower abv equate with a flatter taste?

Photo of CircusBoy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a rusty orange with a half inch fluffy white head which drops quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is grassy and malty

Taste is very malty and grainy with hints of hops and citrus .

Goes down smooth and well carbonated, could easily drink a few of these

Overall this is a good beer and is a great "go to". It is very unique, but tastes great, is priced well, and not hard to find.

Photo of Maninthearena
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Effervescent with a foamy head as advertised. Bronze translucent color with fine rising carbonation.

Nose- Pale and biscuity malts float over the top, malt drink like. Some pale floral elements.

Taste- A little toastedness and some more malt, but not too sweet. A good balance of mellow hop flavor throughout the sip. A pithy/earthy bitterness. Some spice and pepper components in the mix. Some caramel malt blends nicely with the hop oils.

Mouthfeel- Probably my favorite component of this brew, great texture and drinkability. Crisp while maintaining a smooth quality. Creamy without feeling heavy, surprising given the fine carbonation.

Overall- My first steam beer, so nothing really to compare it too. Although compared to other lagers, it is a very natural feeling beer. Not too many crazy flavors, just a good clean well crafted lager.

Photo of Ty1erC
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: slightly cloudy, copper. good retention and lacing.

s: citrus, pine and malt.

t: mostly malt with an interesting hop aftertaste.

m: medium-bodied, almost creamy feeling on palate.

d: very smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of heavy216
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: small 12oz bottle, huge fist of head which would no die, good/average amount of lacing, amber/gold in color, medium carbonation

S: very fruity smell

T/M: good mouthfeel, refreshing....taste average nothing special slightly fruity like the smell

D: little to no alcohol flavor....very enjoyable on nice day

Photo of Mike151014
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into pilsner glass from bottle at about 38 degrees.

L- Amber color with slightly amber tinted head, two fingers, which hung around for most of the drink. Moderate lacing not much carbonation.

S-The malty hops are the first aroma, followed by a sweet tinge of caramel. Other than that there wasn't anything that stood out. Don't let the smell fool you, this beer is very good.

T-Again the hops are the first thing I tasted, a delicious brew all around. The after taste left a sweet caramel note that hung around for a bit.

F-Feel was a little flat, and dry.

O-Very well done you can taste the quality.

poured from a bottle.

Photo of demon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - The color of honey. Poured with a tall thin head which dissipated to essentially nothing in seconds.

S - Smells light and a little hoppy.

T - Delighted with very strong toast, caramel, and yeast-imparted flavors. The hops provide a bitter tease in the aftertaste that contrasts very well with bread yeast dominant flavors. It's really good!

F - Crisp. Lightly carbonated.

O - I was quite blown away by this beer. It is really good! I had been putting off trying this one for a while because a coworker said she wasn't a fan of it, so I assumed it wasn't good. As a matter of fact, this is a very enjoyable beer. If you are into bread-dominant flavors, this one will sing to you. Couldn't see myself drinking this one frequently, but I'm sure it'd pair well with a plate of fish and chips, or crab cioppino. It probably would be an excellent choice for cooking with.

Photo of Alexrdvz
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Too bitter for my taste. I had high hopes for this beer when I went to California, but after trying it I was disappointed. Might be good for people with a different taste. Not my cup of "beer"

Photo of sardonic
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: My first review of the style, and actually my first time trying any micro from the US.

Nice caramel type color with a creamy head. Good hoppy taste, but oddly enough I'm even more drawn to it based on the appearance of the beer itself than the taste. Plus, very pretty packaging. Nice above average beer.

Photo of kaplunk02
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber brown with a short white head.

S: Light hops and some serious pear aroma. Maybe some other sweet smells but the pear overpowers.

T: Much like the smell there's pear and hops but also a caramel malty flavor.

M: A fair bit of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: A tasty beer and much more flavor than I was expecting from this style.

Photo of Epicedion
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I love how this beer looks. It's a perfect amber and pours with a thick head that thins down to a very light lacing.

S: It smells like beer. Malt and hops.

T: This is one of my favorite 'lager alternative' beers. It's got just a little bit of malt sweetness upfront balanced with a light hoppy bitterness that gets bigger around the finish, and a little bit of a weird funk that if pressed to describe I would call 'clover.'

M: Smooth, not too watery, not too thick or heavy.

D: This is a beer for drinking. Not sipping, not evaluating -- drinking. This is the beer you want to grab a big mug of and slosh around and, well, quaff. Fine, fine beer.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangish hazy color with almost no head, but good lacing

S: Caramel, bready, some fruitiness

T: Earthy, bready malt that is semi sweet but at the same time somewhat bitter at the end. Malts vs. hops is clearly seperated.

M: Light body, medium/highly carbonated. Very dry finish

D: Not something that I would have on a regular basis. Not very complex and after one you have this style down.

Photo of Coorskid33
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A~ Pours a nice golden amber color. Bubbly 1 inch head quickly dissipates, but the head kind of fizzes like soda.

S~ the head releases a nice earthy floral scent. It's slightly hoppy, but really I get the smell of alcohol and malt.

T~ Great, very balanced and straight forward. Smooth as heck and leaves a malty but dry aftertaste that makes me want to drink more and drink faster. It's a good thing.

MF~ huge carb level but a good oily like feel that lathers your mouth, but overwhelming.

D~ This is a great beer. I think the first of it's kind that I've ever had. I enjoyed it very much. NIce strong beer but not too serious and leaves room for more than one. :o)

Photo of glamphetamine
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent red-orange brown. The head stays fluffy for a couple of minutes, eventually fading to a light layer of bubbles and leaving some lacing.

S - Slightly floral hop aroma with a hint of fruit and oak. Also has just a trace of corn or grain.

T - Very hoppy, mild bitter finish, slightly oaky and fruity. The finish presents a bitterness that doesn't quite hit until just after the beer has been swallowed. The aftertaste fades, though a pleasant trace remains for a while.

M - Carbonation is mild, not totally flat but doesn't seem to fizz. You can sip or gulp this and won't end up overloading on bubbles either way.

D - Very enjoyable, but I'd recommend not having two of these in a row so that you don't deaden yourself to the taste.

Photo of joecalderoni
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice reddish, copper color! Good carbonation!

S: Good malty, sweet aroma with a prominent lager or steam beer yeast character!

T: A malty taste with nice steam beer yeast character as an aftertaste! Medium body and good mouthfeel!

O: a very neutral flavourfull beer, good for any ocasion! Cheers

Photo of shwhat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - warm amber, slight orange-red tinge. one finger of white, creamy head.

smell - faint earthy hops...a little malty. complex. kind of musky.

taste - citrus bitterness. i didn't believe that it would taste salty...but it kind of really does. dry, toasty grain.

mouthfeel - medium body with a lighter finish. carbonation is decent.

overall - i can see myself taking this one to every barbeque from now on. awesome stuff. seems quite sessionable.

Photo of Jangles
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double Deuce into a standard US pint glass (what a disgrace).

Not going to do the whole rundown on this one. Sorry, just an adequate but unimpressive beer that gets lost among the array of far superior choices at Hi-Time or BevMo. Boring. Pour me a proper pint, e.g., a Fuller's 1845, any day of the week.

Photo of blincoln
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper with half finger of head. Settles quickly to a thin coating of bubbling foam and almost no lacing.

Aroma: Very subtle smell. Hints of malts and fruits.

Taste: The subtle smells come through in the taste giving you a colorful blend of malts (almost sweet like caramel), grains, and a touch of hops. Slightly bitter and yeasty as it warms and finishes.

Palette: High carbonation (this one had me burping). Not too heavy making it an easy beer to drink. Somewhat dry.

Overall: A great simple beer. Crisp, clean, and easy to enjoy…just like us Californians.

Photo of UnicornProfessor
1/5  rDev -74%

The only beer I didn't finish on my Old Chicago World Beer Tour. I tried it about 2 years later, thinking it might have been a bad batch...it wasn't. My taste buds flip inside out to avoid the taste of Anchor Steam. Yecch!

Photo of chrhowe
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Has a copper, milky look with a generous head that has a medium lace. Caramel and nuts come out in the smell with some hops and a bit of bread too. I tasted the bread first followed by the caramel and nuts. Finishes up with the hops, you can tell they are there for sure. It's strong in the mouth, but enjoyable. Definitely a drinkable beer. One for the future sipping.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,382 ratings.