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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,511 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,511
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 120
Gots: 281 | 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.

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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-11-2014 01:09:17 | More by dbarny76
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h4ger

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2013 04:12:58 | More by h4ger
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Drinkerofales

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber gold with a huge light tan foam. Plenty of lace, and a nice ring lasts 'til the last drink.

Smell is malty, and a touch of spicy hop.

Taste is very similar, but very crisp malts and a bitter floral hop finish.

Texture is very light, bordering on fizzy. Easy to drink however makes it ok.

Definitely a step above BMC, but some aspects are a bit boring. That being said, it was definitely one of my crossover beers 20 years ago...

DOA

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 21:10:56 | More by Drinkerofales
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rmehughes

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent light brown to amber color with a dense 1" head. The head sticks around for a while until it recedes to a foam on top of the beer. Aroma consists mostly of malt, with a little bit of sweetness and a floral note in there. The taste is also heavy on the malt, there is a bit of a caramel malt flavor and there is a bit of a roasted taste to it. Also, has a fairly clean finish that I like. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, the pinnacle of its style, but it isn't something that I enjoyed enough to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 18:27:42 | More by gkunkle
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-06-2011 00:58:29 | More by Brown120
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2012 21:23:31 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass producing an abundant off-white head with good retention and above average lacing. Color is a clear amber.

S: Nice light smell of malt with faint hints of floral hops.

T: Medium bodied caramel malt flavoring is foremost, but is quickly balanced by light bittering. The slightest hint of sweetness lingers after the swallow.

M&D: Great medium body and abundant carbonation. Very satisfying.

I really liked the Anchor Steam beer. The maltiness & bitterness seemed perfectly matched and balanced with everything else about this beer. The body and carbonation made this both lightly filling and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:17:52 | More by SIRIUS2
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BWH999

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-08-2013 23:18:36 | More by BWH999
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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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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-29-2012 00:17:04 | More by Sipchue
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AaronBurr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-11-2013 03:33:35 | More by AaronBurr
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass.

Poured a nice orange golden hue - one finger head and nice lace that seemed to linger.

Smell was decent - nice clean with hints pf citrus .

Taste was very good hints of citrus -

A very drinkable brew - I would buy it again -

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 19:47:25 | More by InebriatedJoker
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addiwilliams

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Connecticut

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

Pours a copper color with soapy foam that leaves behind bits of lacing. I detect a roasted, toasty character in the aroma along with a hint of nutmeg. First taste is unique to say the least; very distinct. Roasted malt is upfront with a pepper spice aftertaste. My mouth is left dry and refreshed, but this brew is rather biting (i.e. powerful and flavorful). Some bitterness in the tate, but not on the magnitude of a pale ale or IPA. Overall, a very good beer with an interesting history. Worth of a few pints.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2005 13:14:23 | More by jaluria
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fx20736

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a thin offwhite head. Beer is a beautiful coppery red. Aroma is very bready malt with a tea like herbal hoppiness. Taste, starts out malty and quickly changes to a herbal, slightly astringent bitterness which then fades and finishes clean. This is a very well balanced beer where Malt & Hops each do their part.

Wow, what a great beer! Not at all what I was expecting. Reminds me of an English Pale Ale and looks like an Irish Red Ale. The clean finish is what gets me. This beer is favorful without being overpowering, smooth and refreshing. Drinking it, in some ways feels like quaffing some Sun-brewed Iced-Tea. This could definitely be added to the Summer Pantheon with the Pilseners, Hefes, Helles, APA's and Kolsches.

Note: After further reading I see that ASB is technically a Lager. It is a Lager that tastes alot like an Ale, much like Kolsch is an Ale that tastes alot like a Lager. This fact only accentuates the unique greatness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:19:48 | More by fx20736
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-10-2013 13:45:10 | More by Andrew041180
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this and Flying Dog's Old Scratch (Lager Amber Lager?) simultaneously to see how they match up. I originally tried Anchor Steam in San Diego a couple years ago, before I had any idea what I was doing, beer-wise, and didn't like it.

I have since seen the light. Anchor Steam is a wonderful beer. First of all, its bottle shape and label design are perfect, and once in the glass it looks about as beautiful as a beer can look. Perfect amber color, slightly cloudier than the Old Scratch, with a nice white head. It smells and tastes very creamy, feels full and soft, and is quite refreshing. Slight bitter aftertaste. I can see why this beer is a classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 03:26:20 | More by battlekow
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2011 19:03:42 | More by Jstark5150
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Joel12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-02-2012 02:40:04 | More by Joel12
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle with a Braille like code 3MN, twelve ounces.

Has a Brady malt aroma. Pours deep amber with a nice beige head. The head lasts about a minute with moderate spotty lacing on the glass. The taste is Brady, slightly fruity. It is crisp not overly carbonated. Very nice, should be even better on a hot summers day!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 00:44:00 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Rootdog316

Virginia

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

Light brown color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice malt sweetness, balanced by a nice hop spiciness. Mild taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is very full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A simple well made beer. Classic style. "

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 07:29:25 | More by Rootdog316
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium clear amber/copper color. Head is off white with decent retention. Lacing is is substantial.

S - Tons of earth in the nose. Getting light floral hops, bread, fresh grains and hints of caramel. Excellent.

T - Again lots of earth character and floral undertones. Getting lots of bread and wheat flavors. Bitterness is minimal but gives it just a bit a balance.

M - Medium bodied. Very soft on the palate. Carbonation is perfect.

O - A great beer. Very earthy and easy to take in. I think this one would be very approachable to a non-craft beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:10:51 | More by depechemode1983
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Portertime

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer is a wonderful quaff poured a crystal clear amber color. Served well chilled out of the fridge in a pint glass. Aromas were of citrus and piney hops in the nose and some caramel malts. The taste gives way to soft citrus and pine hops with a hint of caramel and a biscuity malt quality. A finely complex brew for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:58:07 | More by Portertime
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a wonderful deep amber with a thick, wispy head that left good lace on the glass.

S: Smelled great--definitely some caramel maltiness but mainly an overpowering citrus and fruity aroma. One of the most interesting noses I've ever experienced on an ale like this.

T&M: Wish I could say it tasted the same as it smelled. Initially, the beer has some earthy, grainy flavors, but it quickly turns to intense bitterness. Absent from this was a strong hop flavor, which often enhances the bitterness in such a style. The bite increases in the finish and lingers for quite a while. I basically had to drink the whole thing quickly in about 4 big gulps after the initial taste to keep the bitterness from lingering any long than it had to. Mouthfeel was average: Lots of carbonation, and easy to get down (if you can get by the bitterness).

D: It has a good mouthfeel, but the intense bitterness severely limits the drinkability for me. I could see drinking it with some spicier foods, but definitely not a beer I could sit down and flat-out drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 19:10:26 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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