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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,131 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,131
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 145
Gots: 581 | 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 BeerKangaroo
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: clear, golden amber body with lots of carbonation seen rising, white head dissipates with a lumpy looking leftover carbonated look, lacing is ringy and spotty

S: malty and yeasty/bready, slightly sweet and nutty

T: malts come back fairly strong, but not sweet, balanced with decent bitterness

M: light, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish

O: its not one of the greatest beers out there, but I`ll probably come back to it just to re-review

Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Swaino
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ParkbrauFan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chefbigjon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber/copery in color, clear, with a fluffy white head about an inch and a half in height. The head lingers half way through before it finally fades to a thin cover. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aromas of bready malt. Some light floral hops are present as well.

Taste: The beer has a strong malty presence on the outset, followed by a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Overall though, the beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, well carbonated. A touch dry with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting beer, somewhat rare and unique. This beer has great taste, an ABV less than 5%, and I don't get bored or filled up drinking it. Just a perfect session beer. However, it is unfortunately somewhat expensive for me (I purchased some Anchor 6 packs on sale for $6.99, they are regularly $7.99). If this were less than $6 a six pack, it would be a regular in my fridge.

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

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a thin white head. Aroma was slightly spicy, slightly grassy, but mostly malty.

This is the consummate pale lager. A wonderful balance between the sugary malt and the slightly spicy hops makes this a pleasure to drink. You can tell why this one kicked off a revolution. If you've never tried it, you're missing out. A dependable beer I could have anytime.

Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one to compare to my clone brew and figured why not give it a review. Cheers!!!

A: Pours a great reddish hue with a big silky smooth head on top.

S: Lightly hoppy flavor of citrus, and malts bring a sweet aroma to the nose.

T: Light lemon zest with some sweet malt flavors bready some hints of banana maybe from the yeast.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carb level.

D: Very drinkable I remember why I wanted to brew this classic beauty now once more.

Photo of Goldndomer
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Light Amber, more of a copper color. Thin white head which dissipated somewhat quickly. Trace head was maintained around the perimeter of the glass due to active, persistent carbonation.

Aroma - Smells of a fresh lager. Cold it exhibits an herbal almost minty smell. As it warms up, I pick up an aroma of honey.

Taste - Malty, caramel. Fairly dry with a lingering bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - There's a good amount of carbonation. It's not too heavy or thin. Borderline creaminess at warmer temperatures.

Overall - Solid beer. Nice complexity. Clearly a step above an adjunct lager.

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BSuter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kobeer
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jmbranum
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Steam Beer pours a light honey brown with a tan creamy head. Plenty of gobs of lacing down the glass.

Smells lightly of syrup and honey with fruity and floral undertones. A gentle scent with no aspect overwhelming another.

More of the same as the nose with a stronger honey and fruit scent. Again, soft flickers of flavor that are enjoyable, but faint. The finish is underwhelming and lacks definition as the flavor just thins out and drifts away. Hop bitterness doesn't provide the proper leverage to balance this one out.

Mouthfeel is medium with an ample dose of carbonation. Very drinkable beer that I could find myself enjoying several. Great segueway into the fall as it is a slightly sweeter tasting beer, but doesn't hit as hard as some of the malt bombs that come with the fall.

Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of guezarka
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cam12
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had tried this a few years ago and tried it again on the recommendation of a fellow BA (Thanks DKB!) who says it's one of his favorites. It was like trying it again for the first time. Beautiful orange amber in the glass with a healthy (almost decadent) head of foam that lingered through the first few sips and laced the glass. Malty nose, but the initial taste was a nice balanced malt and (fruity?) hops that added a whole bunch of tastes to the mix. Not cloying, not too bitter, and definitely very drinkable. A bit of astringent in the aftertaste, but nothing to detract from the flavor. Loved it. I understand the attraction.

Photo of Greasy
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,131 ratings.