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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

4,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,997
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 140
Gots: 459 | 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 necoadam
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Color was copper with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell was quite clean but some of the malts really showed up in the aromas. They were a little bit more rich than the bottle verison. Taste was a little bit of a let down. It focused more on the earthy tones than anything. I was expecting more of a hop/malt combination just like the bottle verison, but it was mostly earth tones. Not bad by any means, but I would of liked to see some more flavors in there.

necoadam, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

addiwilliams, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Profchaos20
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a off white one finger head, that dissipates into a thin white cap that hangs around. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass. The beer is Amber in color and crystal clear, very nice looking.

S - Light herbal and grassy hop aroma. Sweet malts and bread, slight spice and fruity.

T - Balanced, light malt, light earthy hop, fruity, finishes with a slight bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and smooth.

O - Solid beer, nothing that stands too far out but it's a classic and enjoyable.

Profchaos20, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of kerry4porters
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kerry4porters, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of guezarka
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

guezarka, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sir_Goatman, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Buttstallion
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Buttstallion, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Between an illness and a long business trip, I've not had a chance to relax and enjoy and review a beer. This is a nice beer to return to.

Clear medium copper with a small bumpy head and many columns of carbonation. Nose is a powdery collection of malt with a hint of bitterness. Taste is smooth, well-balanced, with a very mild lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, a firm body. Nothing off-putting at all in this highly sessionable brew. Get it. Enjoy it.

pentathlete, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

erha2, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from August 2010 notes. I think it was at Parker Pie Co.

A- Clear gold with a bit of a copper glow to it. Fine white foam covers the liquid throughout and leaves some great looking layered lacing.

S- Hard for me topick up anything here. Light grain with a slight caramel feel to it. Very lightly hopped.

T- The smell led me in the right direction but the taste is less boring. Some sourness, a bit of boiled veggies. I thought this would be more special. Very little after-taste. Not offensive though. Very little after-taste with a bit more of that sourness. A bit watery.

M- Fuller than the relatively thin taste. Low carbonation. Dry.

D- Very easy to drink.

Won't be buying this again in stores but since tonight is 2$ draft night, I might spend another 6 bucks.

Yoonisaykul, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of BeerAngel
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly good beer! Pours a very clear light caramel color with a medium off-white head that leaves a lace down the glass. The smell is that of a non-complex, yet inviting caramel and malt. This is one "hopped-up" lager with tastes of a repeat of the aromas along with a crisp hop bite. It is light bodied and very well balanced. Maybe not totally true to the style in the hops category, who cares...this one is very good and has character to be remembered! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderately thick, golden beige head. Smell is mainly malts with a hint of citrusy hops. Taste is malty, but a good balance of bitter hops. Nuts & oak are present. Feel is nicely carbonated. This is a drinkable beer and incredibly unique.

theghost3, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of AKuehn47
4/5  rDev +3.6%

AKuehn47, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of wisegreensoul
3/5  rDev -22.3%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that dissipates immediately.
Nice hop smell. Hints of nice caramel malts.
Taste has a very nice balance. Good roasted malt and also dry hops.
Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is great on this beer. The balance between the malts and hops is almost perfect and the smooth mouthfeel makes it go right down.

BDIMike, May 26, 2008
Photo of King_KongDCO93
3/5  rDev -22.3%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Jtrigonis, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of beertaster13
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes, with all the beers a BA tries, some just get lost in the shuffle. This one reminded me of how much I liked it the first time around. Pours a amber with gold streaks, the head is creamy and 2 inches thick. The aroma is of summer fruit and light barley, hints of floral lace the nose. The taste is classic session, the floral aroma blends well with the creamy buttered malt, this is the ultimate summer beverage.

beertaster13, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev +3.6%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -22.3%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1" off-white creamy head. Bright orange/amber beer. The head has decent retention and leaves some light lacing.

S - Sweet rich malt. Clean. Hint of fruit. Clay?

T - Malt (caramel, toffee, butter). Some fruitiness. Pleasant bitter finish.

M - A little short of being medium bodied. Carbonation seems just right on this beer. Fairly dry, long finish. Fresh and well made.

D - The drinkability here is high -- this is a very quaffable brew.

Photo of WJVII
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a clear amber color with minimal head. No lacing and medium carbonation. The aroma is lacking anything profound. There is some graininess to the initial taste. with a precenance of hopps that controls the taste. There is nothing special about this brew, but it is at least worth a try.

WJVII, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear IPA like copper with a thin, slightly off white bubbly head. Zero lacing and some signs of carbonation.
Fruity esters, nice splash of citrus and caramel like malt in the nose. Very unique.
First thing that comes to mind when drinking this is an IPA without the strong citrus rhine bitterness. The earthy, herbal hops are still pronounced but balance out very nicely with the fruity, clean biscuity and buttery malt aspect of the beer.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp that finishes off dry and very refreshing. Decently priced down here in Halifax, I could definately see this being a session beer for me.
Overall, another great brew from Anchor that left me anxious to try another interpretation of this style. Very tasty and easily drinkable, I would highly recommend this beer.

ludachris, May 03, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one plus fingers worth of head, clear amber brown coloring. nice retention, some active bubbling.

s- malty, some biscuit, sweet malt, bready, candied sugar.

t- nice, complex malts - bready, biscuit, sweet. very remniscent of an oktoberfest, some spice in here as well, a touch of pepper, finishes with some earthy bitter hops.

m- medium, slick, nice.

d- great, this is a solid beer with a great and true reputation. i pick this one up and drink it every once in awhile.

thecarster1, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of xacidx
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

xacidx, Nov 02, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,997 ratings.