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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,196
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 156
Gots: 643 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of marshmeli
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Greasy
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste is subjective and all that, and this beer didn't do too much for me. It starts off well with a nice head which quickly goes down to a lace. It has a nice amber color. The smell is nothing special, but not bad. Same for the taste. As others have mentioned, it has a bite and has a nice hop finish. The hops finish isn't really balanced against any other flavor so the finish ends up distracting from the final taste. It seems to have not much of a taste until the aftertaste. I'm not unhappy with this beer, but it doesn't satisfy me either. This is the only beer I've tried within the "steam" style.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of those gateway beers you never get tired of. This beer pours a clear amber with a sudsy white head. Aroma is pretty malty with dry biscuits and a little brown sugar; also some hop fruitiness in the background. Taste resembles an English pale ale, light and malty with a great balance of hops. Bitterness is there but understated.

Classic brewery, classic style, classic beer. Always a great go-to brew.

Photo of tonistruth
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- reddish copper with a 1" white head that has good retent and lacing, head settles to a tiny ring.

S- clean, toasted malt, floral

T- toasted malt with a somewhat spicy hop flavor, grainy. mellow flavor

M- smooth flowing though at times it feels coarse, light body

D- easyily sessionable. mellow flavor. well deserving of its hype.

Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber color with a modest white head of about 1/2" (probably due to the bartender maximizing the liquid in the glass). Head shrinks to a layer of bubbles at the surface within a minute. Some kickass lacing as this beer was quaffed.

Smell: Great balance of a trio of aroma profiles: Citrusy/floral hops (faint grapefruit), bitter hops (sprucy), and the pale malt. No one smell dominated the other.

Taste: Restrained bitter hops and sweet pale malts. Great balance between the two. Kinda salty. It's like and IPA and a lager at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy in mouthfeel, more than you would expect given the color. Quite smooth, to boot.

Drinkability: A session beer that could satisfy a hophead, a maltoid, and a new convert to good beer. It has something for the first two to like, and won't scare the newbie.

Photo of keithmurray
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Atlas1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first steam beer review. But by no means my first steam beer.

Poured into my DFH barrel pint glass, the Anchor Steam is a nice enough looking bronze/amber color, with a healthy head on top with good staying power. Little to no lace as the beer recedes. The nose is muted for the most part, but I do detect some earthen dirt scents. They fuse with floral notes and some grassy scents as well. Taste is good. Carbonated fiz with a light caramel flavoring. Earthen, like the aroma, but fruitier. Noticeably faint hop content. Mouthfeel is bubbly, but appropriately lager-ish. Does that last sentence even make sense?

A solid beer, the Anchor Steam. I've always been a fan. It's not fancy, and doesn't hit you over the head or anything, but it's a consistently fine beer. I'd say this sets the bar for steam beer, but it's the only one of the style I've ever had. Still, it's a fine example of an under-used brew, in my opinion. A great session beer too, at 4.9% ABV.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam was the first craft beer I ever drank, many years ago. It had been a while since I'd had my last one, but I decided to pick some up yesterday and revisit an old friend.

Nice looking dark gold with a white one finger head which left moderate lacing.

Smelled of malt, maybe a bit of caramel and mild hops.

Tasted like the smell. Nicely balanced and refreshing.

Thick and smooth mouthfeel with good tingle. Very nice.

This one's been around a long time and it's still one of the better session beers out there. No tricked up hops or other gimmicks, just a good solid beer which is enjoyable to drink.

Photo of csiewert
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear orange amber color with a finger of foamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as you drink it. The aroma has hints of malty sweetness and a little bit of earthy hops. The taste is similar, with the beer starting with a sweet malty flavor and some honey, and finishing with some earthy hop bitterness. Could use some additional citrus hop flavor to make it a little more complex. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a slight amount of overcarbonation. Overall a good amber hybrid.

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Swaino
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of king75
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a golden amber orange color with a head that is quickly dissipating.

S-Is pretty generic, can smell corn and grains, nit much else.

T- Is pretty generic as well, can taste the grains and a light trace of hops. Not bad, but not extremely memorable.

M-This one goes down very smooth, light on the palate and has a great crisp, refreshing finish. This one would be great on a hot day.

D- drinkability on this one is great. It is refreshing, light and not over powering. Could easily be used as a session beer.

Notes: This is a very delightful beer, very good example of the style. Would of given this one a better rating but the smell and taste are just not very memorable.

Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ken_P
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of gfg0020
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Murph
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright sopper with a decent off white head. Smell is of nice caramel malt and some light floral hops. Taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt that is soon followed up by a decent hop flavor that balances the brew out nicely. Nice smooth mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. I generally prefer my brews to be a bit bigger than this, however, for the style this is a pretty nice offering.

Photo of EStreet20
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a nice fairly transparant but deep amber color with a foamy two finger head. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top of the beer. The head has nice staying power.

S - Some sweet aromas with a bit of fruitiness in there. A bit of a metallic aroma as well but not a whole lot.

T - A nice sweet smooth taste that finishes really clean. Overall a nice taste that doesn't overpower.

M - A nice easy drinker. Fairly light bodied.

D - Definitely a quaffable session lager type. Not my favorite style but nice to go down very cool on a hot day.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny light brown with a vague clarity. A dense two finger head has nice retention and average lacing. Spicy hop nose with hints of lightly toasted sweet malt. I'd like to say the assertive hop bitterness is well balanced with the mildy vinous citrus flavor, but I can't judge the style until I review more of the same. I can say that the light body and medium carbonation make up a mostly smooth mouthfeel, but the spice/hop bite lingers and dries the finish enough to make the average rating for drinkability generous.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color. Has a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells malty and toasty with hints of caramel and sweetness.

Taste: Starts bitter with a hint of citrus. Develops into a toasty, malty flavor towards the back. Leaves a very pleasant, toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: A classic brew. You truly won't find another beer like this. That said, it is also quite tasty. This is one that everyone should try at least once.

Photo of washburnkid
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber color with one finger frothy head that retains and leaves sticky lace throughout glass. Some malty notes but citrusy, crisp aromas are more pleasing to the nose. Taste is creamier than expected; balanced with grains, and citrus hops left behind. Medium body, carbonated well. This smooth beer is easy to drink and leaves a pleasant hop dryness on the tongue. I would have a lot with pizza. I would have a lot by itself. I really love this beer.

Photo of creepinjeeper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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