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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,412
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 246 | 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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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

04-18-2012 23:43:29 | More by RWLawman
Photo of Jason_Quad

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2012 18:48:01 | More by Jason_Quad
Photo of Lerxst


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head that fades quickly and left no lacing.

S-Sweet malt, with hints of floral and citrus hops.

T-Follows the nose with a slightly sweet maltiness and hints of hops.

M-Light body, crisp carb bite, clean finish.

D-Drinks easily enough. A good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 20:14:05 | More by Lerxst
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White silky head that stays around for a while. Golden color in the body. The body isn't impressive but the head is. Lace clings to the glass.

A grainy smell but nothing really else going on here.

Malty burnt caramel taste up front. Slight citrus bitterness in the background. I like the taste a lot. The flavors mix quite nicely.

Smooth body, light carbonation hits the tongue. Feels really nice.

I could have a few of these no problem. Smooth light body beer goes down quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 09:10:01 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found in Ottawa, Canada. Listed as 4.8% with a BB of March 2013.

Pours a pretty golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that doesn't leave any lace, but sticks around as a long-lasting film.

Sort of a fishy freshwater tone to the aroma at first. Tried in three glasses rinsed with different water to be sure. Once that wears off, there is a sweet malty aroma with a very subtle fruit backing and a dry grassiness to it. More honey-like sweetness comes through after warming.

Mostly sweet malts, then a well-balanced bitterness. Some raspberry-like fruity notes as it warms. Pretty mild, very stock ale-ish

Crisp but creamy on the tongue, but light-bodied overall. Slightly malty on the aftertaste, also has a mineral sharpness that reminds me of tonic water.

Love the look, description on the bottle and would love to try it fresh. However it's a bit too mild for my regular tastes, especially at the price in Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 18:50:07 | More by bryehn
Photo of packetknife


3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly floral on the nose. Crisp and clean. White overly pourous head. Just malty enough but not overpowering. Somewhat dry. Hints of spice on the finish.

Lingers on the tongue with somewhat of a citrus residue. Bitter/sour. In-between. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 18:32:28 | More by packetknife
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-30-2013 01:55:06 | More by morrowd3
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2013 04:12:58 | More by h4ger
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This had a nice light, hazy golden color with a decent 1/2" head that didn't mind sticking around. Lacing was spot-on, literally...

Smell: An initial caramel, malty, fruity nose. I know it's not a Hefeweizen, but I clearly picked up banana in the aroma. This is a good thing for me since I enjoy the Hefeweizen style. I just wasn't expecting banana in this "steam" beer. No booziness at all. I can tell already this is going to be a good session beer.

Taste: Again, light caramel, malt and mild citrus hops. Not bittering at all, with a hint of sweetness to it, making it an easy drinking beer with great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was a perfect match to the nice, clean finish.

Overall: I would recommend this for anyone looking for a session beer that doesn't take a backseat in the flavor department. This will make my kegerator again in the future for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 02:27:08 | More by cmq103
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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%

10-14-2012 19:37:21 | More by rmehughes
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2012 04:40:30 | More by Arborescence
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-03-2013 01:00:10 | More by koes0024
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Alberta (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a pint. About time I got around to this classic craft brew!

A - Frothy off-white head off the pour atop a relatively clean light amber body. The head recedes to a thin soapy film, but never dissipates entirely, leaving a sticky bunch of lacing down the glass.

S - Mild overall, with caramel malt and crisp grassy hops coming through upfront. There's a touch of fruitiness as well, as well as some malty sweetness. Simple and balanced aroma.

T - Follows the nose, but still exceeds expectations. A nice base of toasty caramel malt, almost giving it an English feel, but the zesty hop profile pulls it back to America. Toffee-like sweetness to the malt, with lemongrass, clean barley malt, and a crisp citric character. The finish is punctuated with a mild grassy hop giving it a balanced feel overall. There's a mild fruitiness throughout as well that I can't quite put my finger on, though I'm almost positive I'm picking up some peach and apricot notes. Overall an immensely drinkable profile.

M - Medium bodied, with just the right viscosity, and a fine carbonation that compliments the body perfectly. Crisp and slightly dry, but somehow velvety smooth at the same time.

D - An all around superb beer, and a true testament to the uncompromising quality of craft breweries, even ones as big as Anchor. A balanced, tasty, and incredibly drinkable ale; a true classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:57:10 | More by Converge
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-21-2011 23:08:26 | More by smithmd4
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-10-2013 22:42:35 | More by addiwilliams
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a short 12 oz bottle in to a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a clean amber color with an inch of tan head. Very nice.

S- Again, pretty clean. Slightly hoppy and citrusy, and it even has some sour apple notes.

T- After the first sip I'm no quite sure what to make of this beer. There's a fairly solid hop presence and even some sourness up front. The flavors arrive early and linger around for a while.

M- Very unique mouthfeel. Creamy, slick, and slightly oily. The tongue is coated until the next sip. Moderately carbonated as well.

O- A good beer to try once for the hell of it. I guess it wouldn't be a bad session beer either since the mouthfeel tends to subdue some of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:53:41 | More by tviz33
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-21-2013 04:48:26 | More by famous_mortimur
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-18-2014 14:16:26 | More by BSuter
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear, deep amber with a red hue, creamy thick off white head. Sheets of lace down the glass.

S - herbal hops, gentle malt sweetness with a hint of breadiness

T - get a lot more of the woody/rustic hop notes in the flavour, nicely matched by the bready malt. Sweetness is low, and virtually no fruity character. Finish is dry and bitter, with lingering woody hops.

M - light bodied, refreshing. Medium carbonation. Very smooth. Extremely easy to drink.

D - damn tasty and refreshing. very unique session beer.

My first venture into Steam Beer (I don't count the Sleemans Steam I tried 10 years ago). The aroma reminds me somewhat of pilsener, but the taste itself is unique and comes across as rustic. The overall effect is somewhere between a pilsener and an english bitter. I'm gonna have to get off my butt and brew one of these.

Thanks to Mattt for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 21:36:16 | More by markaberrant
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-amber with a bright white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet malt and caramel. A very bready, sweet malt starts the beer off. Hints of honey and caramel as well. Toastyness too. Finishes with a minor rush of citrus hops and some more faint sweetness. Nothing big about the flavor. Very light bodied and highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:03:04 | More by uustal
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-02-2012 20:30:29 | More by olympicgatorade
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-19-2013 10:30:33 | More by milkbone_underwear
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2014 13:40:39 | More by Mack
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-10-2014 19:46:33 | More by Iamjeff6
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,412 ratings.