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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,618
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 128
Gots: 326 | 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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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Tastes like no other amber I have ever had before. Floral taste with a crisp hoppy-bitter aftertaste. After a few sips it became one of my favorite beers. Has an awesome color too it, good all the way around...not very scented though but that to me is by far the least important qualty of a beer.

10-18-2002 11:37:02 | More by allboutbierge
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bought a 12 oz bottle at world market in lansing michigan. ($1.49)
pours a deep copper with a off white head that was about a finger thick.
the aroma is malt, hint of hops, hint of peaches.
the flavor is malty, hopsack, grassy, mineraly, clean, finishes with a lingering hop flavor.
anchor steam is a great beer, easy drinker.

07-23-2006 03:34:39 | More by plaztikjezuz
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-22-2013 02:23:57 | More by Greasy
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2014 20:55:12 | More by Yellolab2010
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a nice semi-dark orange/apricot with a thin white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of citrus/spicy hops, doughy, yeasty, pretty sweet smelling.

Pretty tasty, sweet bready malts, a citrusy hop bitterness, some hints of apple and steam...

Nice crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, exceptionally good!

04-09-2009 05:00:58 | More by GodOfBeer
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2.45/5  rDev -36.5%

Copper color with an overabundance of white foam. The aroma is kinda hoppy but bland. The taste has a tartness that I don't find appealing, like it's meant to be acidic instead of build character. The finish is tart leaving a somewhat nasty aftertaste. No me gusta. Drain pour.

03-28-2011 23:32:51 | More by DesMoinesMike
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2013 05:29:14 | More by Jackal
Photo of elniko


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich amber coloring with nice head creamy head. High carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Malty with some floral tones that I pick up, I really enjoyed the nose on this beer.

T & M: This is one fine brew, one of my faves that I haven't gotten around to reviewing. Taste is wonderfully balanced, malt up front with nice finish of slight bitterness and floral tones. Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

D: Highly drinkable and sessionable. One of my faves, only complaint is high cost of six pack here in Texas.

10-12-2008 18:03:43 | More by elniko
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pour is mild/medium orange with an impressive white head on top. Nose is softly malted.

Flavour starts out nice and full of caramel malts, a certain spicy, peppery tinge shows up about halfway, but the smooth malty overtone stays present for a good long spell. Yeast, bready, nutty with some slight, slight light fruit notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and full but nothing particularly special. Drinkability is good, a tasty, inexpensive brew that is available year-around.

The bottom line: Anchor's Steam beer is a venerable oldster on the craft brew scene at this point, but it still persists as a tasty, if not particularly depthy option. A great session brew.

04-05-2008 23:40:09 | More by CortexBomb
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3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

Sixer to the head.

Pours almost clear amber copper. Decent white head settling at a moderate pace.

Smell of slightly sour malt. Yep.

Taste of slightly sour malt; grainy - like cereal. Neither good nor bad.

Pretty damn rude with the carbonation - rakes the throat.

What can I say? I'm uninspired.

Overall: uninspiring

01-12-2009 04:06:38 | More by PatronWizard
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2013 12:28:18 | More by Bromine
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-04-2014 00:28:56 | More by BigOldOaf
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2013 04:12:58 | More by h4ger
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-27-2014 15:27:59 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
Photo of benito


4.85/5  rDev +25.6%

I don't know that Anchor Steam is one of the best beers made in the US today, but it is the seminal and definitive beer in this style, and any other California common or steam beer lives in its long shadow. Hence my scores.

A: Copper with a large fizzy head with high sturdiness.

S: Minty and woody. Exactly what I expect from this beer and, in turn, style.

T: The start is soft with a strong flavor of honey and is followed by a slightly bitter, dry, and bready finish. The minty hop presence carries through the flavor and adds a nice, refreshing zing.

M: Very soft and smooth. Medium bodied with good length and an ongoing emergence of flavors.

D: Top notch. This is a great session beer for any time of year.

There are more ambitious beers on the American market, and there are lots of other good, innovative steam beers too, but this is a classic and one that never dissapoints. Highly recommended.

01-24-2007 02:20:00 | More by benito
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2012 02:55:40 | More by ejh06752
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small, fine head that is gone in seconds.

S - Sweet and slightly citrusy. Inoffensive but very boring.

T - Fairly sweet and with a good malt character. Biscuit is present.

F - Light body and nice carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

D - Very easy and enjoyable to drink. Would be excellent to session.

10-17-2010 03:19:36 | More by greenmonstah
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-14-2012 19:37:21 | More by rmehughes
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-27-2013 13:38:13 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-06-2014 00:56:57 | More by gonzo000
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2014 18:48:48 | More by rowbow
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3.63/5  rDev -6%

Poured an golden orange colour, with a creamy, off white head. This beer is very carbonated. It's clean and crisp like a lager, and fruity like an ale. Kind of 'woody', with a clean malt character. It's got a bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. A good session beer.

09-05-2004 00:00:11 | More by baiser
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Paid $3.29 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a pilsner glass.

The glass helps showcase a large two and a half inch frothy, off-white head after a standard pour. Head retains very well. Mostly transparent gold color. Pretty good amount of carbonation visually present. Good lacing.

Smells similar to a pilsner/lager, but just much stronger on the nose and seemingly much cleaner. Quality ingredients. Some mild grassy hops, mild yeast and gently sweet malts balance quite well.

Still very well balanced and clean tasting ingredients. The only shift I noticed from what I detected in the nose was toward the earthy hop spectrum.

Good carbonation, light to medium body and quite drinkable.

A good beer, but to me it seems relatively run of the mill. If I was wanting a "beer beer," this wouldn't be my first choice.

02-26-2009 02:31:42 | More by ibbjamin
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Frothy white head with quite a bit of staying power atop a golden orange/copper colored brew. This was one of my early forays into craft beer, and I still have a soft spot for it. Malt and earthy, floral hop scents. Taste is much of the same. It's a really nice balance between that initial crisp bite of hops and the not too sweet malt on the back end. Low ABV makes this very sessionable as well.

12-01-2009 01:46:32 | More by alkemy
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-29-2012 07:32:26 | More by grubefresh
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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