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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

4,878 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,878
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 132
Gots: 408 | 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 Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Larrydoherty, May 14, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Popp24, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of a0lbudman
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-clear dark gold with an off white head that faded quick
S-sweet or mint aroma with some caramel
T-slight malt taste but a different hop bitterness that i am not use to, but it was pleasant
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-Glad I pulled this out and tried it. This was different and I like this style

a0lbudman, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of sebaastionb
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

sebaastionb, May 11, 2014
Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields just under a finger of off-white head. The body is a a nice color ranging somewhere between dark amber and light copper. Some bubbles can be seen drifting up to the top. A ring is left around the top of the beer with a little lacing noted during consumption.

There is a light caramel sweetness noted with a strong clean malt aroma. Grain and fresh grassy hops compliment.

Sweet malt and grassy hops form a flavor that seems a little simpler than the nose told of. There is a bitterness at the end that melds with a bready flavor to make the end very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very singular. Carbonation is heavier than expected, and likely keeps the beer from bogging down, as I bet it would be much heavier if the carbonation were lighter. Slightly dry finish.

CFHMagnet, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of jhillwastaken
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jhillwastaken, May 26, 2012
Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TypsiYpsi, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Shawnspl, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

mpenske, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of uziangis
2/5  rDev -48.2%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of guezarka
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

guezarka, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jkrich
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. squatty bottle with coded date on back of label.

Poured a beautiful, clear, deep gold to amber with orange gold highlights. a fluffy off-white head slowly dissipated leaving minimal lacing.

Subdued hop aroma and rich malt aroma

Truly a remarkably balanced beer with malt being the dominant flavor, yet with a refreshing crispness from the hops. Very clean tasting and smooth with a slight caramel taste.

Light to medium bodied with crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

I recall when I first tasted this beer over ten years ago, I thought it was thick and heavy. No doubt, I was not a very knowledgeable or experienced beer drinker at that time. This is one of the most satisfying beers for any season or occasion.

jkrich, Jun 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Tayloraphilips, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium dark amber-brown with a short creamy head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing, moderate to high carbonation. Not a lot in the nose, mostly barley, hops, and a hint of fruit. Taste starts off very empty, but flavors come out through the sip, ending with a rather sharp bitterness. Although the mouthfeel is smooth, the bitterness stands out and there is no counterbalance of other flavors. I'd like to try it on tap.

aquatonex, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of jmbranum
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The numerical score above is from my most recent tasting.

January 28, 2013: Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass as a very attractive clear copper color with a generous off-white rocky head.

Aroma is grain, dirt and hops.

Flavor is crisp and very dry. More hops than I remembered. Some wheat bread notes. A tiny bit of sweetness. Very well balanced.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Review of 1-6-2008 : AP 4.0/ AR 4.5/ F 4.5 / MF 4/ OA 4.5
poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Lori's diner in ghiradelli's square in san francisco.

clear amber with fluffy head. nice malt rich aroma. flavor is extremely well-balanced bitter hops and malt. one of the most balanced beers of my recent recollection.

jmbranum, Jan 06, 2008
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

100200300, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out perfect amber, clear with moderate carbonation bubbles racing towards the top. The head is a fluffy two finger to three fingers high (depending of glass size.) that retains great. Sticks all around the glass. Off white is color.

The aroma is a balance between the clean toasted malt and the mild spice from the hop.

The taste is well crafted. A perfect toasted caramel malt flavor blended with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

Easy to drink medium body with some mild carbonation.

This is hands down one of the best crafted lager on the market, well worth the extra dollar. I can enjoy this brew any time.

Luigi, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

addiwilliams, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark amber color, thick white head that will not quit and leaves decent lacing. Bubbly carbonation and radiant color enhance the look.

S- Bready, yeasty, caramel malty, and some fruity hops.

T-Pale malt and caramel backbone with some tart California lemony hop flavor. Earthy and pungent.

M- Great body for a 4.9 abv beer, nice crisp carbonation, too. There's some teeth to it, bite but not overly bitter. Dry malt and yeast finish.

O- Unique as a lager/ale, truly craft. Enjoyable very time.

NiceTaps, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

wellsnb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of cyrenaica
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml bottle
4.9% ABV

I tried this beer on May 23, 2008 at "The Beer Bistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent medium reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma was citrusy hops, and some sweetish malt. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and well carbonated. The flavour was very hoppy, leaving a bitterness on the tongue, as well as a little sour apple taste.

cyrenaica, May 24, 2008
Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first craft brew that I ever had, so it'll always hold a special place in my liver.

Poured from a bottle. Copper color with a white head that mostly dissipates. Minimal lacing. Aroma was that of earthy notes and citrus. Tasted of funky wheat, malts and citrus. Light to light-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one once in awhile. Still a good beer!

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,878 ratings.