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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

5,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,191
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 154
Gots: 634 | 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 Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Ken_P
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of PhageLab
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into my trusty Hobgoblin nonic. Very interesting bottle design, with a nice overview of the brewery. I like that, not too many breweries out there actually put effort into letting you know who they are.

A - Roasted light brown to amber coloration, despite the label's promise of a "thick creamy head" this pour didn't produce much of one at all, and what did appear vanished rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Great aroma, hard to describe, kinda like malty apples.

T - Good balance between the sweet and bitter profiles which make up this brew. Mild spices come through near the end. Not too much going on here, but it still has a great flavor.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation. Slight aftertaste, watery finish.

D - Not bad at all, I could see this as an easy go to beer. Not an overly complex brew, but a pretty tasty one none the less. Definitely worth a try.

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

A - This beer poured a cloudy amber color that produced a fluffy white head that did retain well and produced a nice lacing around the side glass

S - The aromas in this beer was more complex than I expected, caramel, mixed with melon and citrus

T -The tastes starts with a good caramel malts flavor, followed by a fruity mix of orange and melons, followed by some hoppy bitterness

M - This body had good feel, medium body, very crisp, and some moderate carbonation to top it off

D - This Steam Beer was great, it is good to see this hybrid flagship of the Anchor Beer is as great as billed, making this a very sessionable beer

Photo of chumba526
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears an orange color with a small white head.

It smells slightly citrusy, a little grainy, and a little sweet. There is not much going on in the smell.

the taste is comprised of a tad bit citrus flavor a mild malty sweetness and a nice mild bitterness to round the flavors together. There is a nice grassy flavor as well. The flavor is not too impressive though.

The carbonation is moderate high.

This is pretty drinkable I could drink a few of these easy.

Overall an average beer I know anchor steam did a lot to start the craft beer movement but now this beer pales compared to many of the "new" craft breweries. A decent beer that I would drink again but it is just average.

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BierReise
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite american lagers along with Sam Adams. Nice color with slight cloudiness. Aroma is malty and a little hop fragrance. Very smooth on the palate unlike other lagers which have a little more effervescence to them. This was about the only beer on the menu tonight worth having. It's a shame restaurants don't give their beer selection half the attention their wine menus get.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange/amber with a short-lived, light tan head that leaves a thin lace. Bready maltiness in the aroma and flavor, though the palate is a bit more complex: grain, caramel, a very mild roastiness, and some faint piney hops as well. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy with moderately active carbonation.

Not merely one of the best examples of the style, but arguably one of the best American beers on the market. I’ve said it before in various forum posts and I’ll say it again: this well-balanced, infinitely drinkable brew is THE perfect session beer. No one can claim to be a serious craft beer lover and never have tried this one! Highly, highly recommended!

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Patlee3324
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Barnsley
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of funkengruven
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a nice orange red with some delicate lacing.

Smell is a bit metallic, rather plain, not much that carries to the nose.

Taste is pretty refreshing, clean, with little bitterness in the finish. Decent going down, fairly easy to drink. I'd order another. This is good beer.

Photo of jbarletto
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BigGold
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a one finger head that receded to lasting surface skim, with little lacing. Body was an orange copper.

Smell - esters, diacetyl, toasty malt, and some lemony hops.

Taste - almost exactly like the smell, except far less diacetyl present in the taste. Toasty malt, lemon hops. Some tea (malt) with lemon (hops), also. Diacetyl also seems to dissappear as ale warms. Normally diacetyl ruins a beer for me, but it is tolerable, even a little enjoyable here.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well. Very sessionable.

Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light coppery amber lager. The vicorous pour resulted in a generous 2 finger off white head. This brew had a persistent level of fine carbonation. Clingy and intricate lacings did there best to defy gravity and pretty much hung out where they stuck to the glass.

Pleasant mild aroma of toasted white bread and crust. A pear like fruitiness, as well as mildly floral hops with a touch of lemongrass.

Yummy and straight forward. Cracker, toasted white bread and crust. Mildly yeasty with notes of pear. Finishes slightly bitter with a touch of lemon and green grass.

Light bodied, somewhat crisp, but certainly refreshing brew. Very well balanced with its lightly toasted malts and continental hop compliment. Almost creamy.

Very drinkable, straightforward, approachable, yet tasty, wel;l crafted session brew. Would be a great brew for introducing BMC drinkers to craft brew. Will be enjoying a few more of these this summer.

Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour yielded a 1/2" cream colored head, which slowly dissipated to reveal some little bits of edge lacing. The body is a bright orange-amber with some picturesque lazy bubble trains observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Crackerlike malt, ripe fruit (yellow raisin, banana, and gala apples), and some vinous notes appear on the nose... yet no detectable hop aroma...

T- Clean and crisp with moderate crackerlike malt flavor and some restrained fruitiness. The hops just *barely* emerge in the finish as a mild bitterness.

M- Medium body. Well attenuated, yet with a little viscocity to it. The carbonation is so soft it is almost impereceptible.

D- OH YEAH. Super drinkable... and as expected the "clean crispness" of a lager with the fruitiness of an ale. Just amazing... and it is also great to put an ultra classic like Anchor Steam to the lips... it's like drinking history!

Photo of sdaly3
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,191 ratings.