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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

4,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 245 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-18-2011 10:12:07 | More by Leftofthedial
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-10-2014 19:46:33 | More by Iamjeff6
Photo of AudioGilz


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable session beer. It's clear amber with a small off-white head. I sense just a bit of floral hops in the aroma, nothing pungent. A zesty carbonation treats the tongue, as well as a perfectly balanced hop and malt combo, more hops at first. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing. I'm pleased that I finally tried this classic....highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 19:41:42 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of mpyle


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy white head. Smallish but lingers nicely. Pale amber color and excellent clarity. An attractive brew.

Aroma is very clean, with some caramel maltiness that increases as the beer warms.

Has a hoppy bitter initial impression, balanced somewhat by a caramelly maltiness. Finishes moderately dry and generally bitter, the malt isn't completely lost at the end. Tasty.

Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel despite the carbonation.

Overall a flavorful, bitter, clean beer with just enough malt to keep it balanced and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 01:13:52 | More by mpyle
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-25-2012 05:38:22 | More by jskennedy
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-19-2013 10:30:33 | More by milkbone_underwear
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer pours a rich deep copper from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Head goes well over two fingers and is off white, thickly packed with small firm bubbles that regenerate from the beer below. A generous lacing of foam covers the side of my glass, giving it a world class picture of a well laced beer glass.

Nose is of hops and sweet malt in pleasing and fragrant amounts. Palate is toasted sweet malt, thick and creamy with a well bittered hops presents. There is a floral profile to the hops, but not the heavy kind but rather soft and well balanced with the sweet malt. Anchor Steam Beer reminds me of a good German Märzen.

A well made brew awaits you from Anchor Brewing, no skimping here, and not watery in the least. See it on the shelf, take it from the shelf and buy, it will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 00:36:23 | More by BeerBob
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am excited to finally review this classic! Anchor poured very smoothly, revealing a light copper/red color with a 1/2 a finger thick off-white head that remained the entire way down the glass. The only complaint was the smell. There wasn't any. It just smelled like "beer". The taste on the other hand was great. There was a nice hop bitterness that attcked the front of my tongue while a more mellow malted flavor pleased the back. The aftertaste was tart with some notes of apple. This had a unique lager style taste that I do not think I have ever tasted before. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and creamy. One of the more distinct american beers around. try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 15:28:57 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-12-2012 14:24:32 | More by devilben02
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Appears to be a code printed on the label. I'm lazy. I like bottled on dates foremost, and then best by dates. Codes are better than nothing, for I suppose they can be decoded. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.59.

A-Poured a medium amber hue with a 2+ finger head and modest lacing. Overall, a nice looking beer in the glass.

S-What smell? If I had been wearing a blindfold, I would have only recognized it as "beer." Non-descript.

T-I'm still waiting for this. Someone, please let me know the secret to discerning this beer's taste. But a 12 oz. bottle for nostalgia's sake is all I am willing to grant this offering. Very disappointing. Mostly earthy malts and bitterness. Can't quite tell if bitterness from hops or the modest alcohol. Not very well crafted.

M-Excellent mouthfeel. Exceedingly smooth and well balanced carbonation. This and the appearance are quite good. Too bad taste accounts for 40% of the rating.

D-This went down very easily, but I wouldn't readily reach for another. Taste just isn't there, and there are much more affordable alternatives available for getting a buzz, not that I was looking to this beer for, but presently I can't see much other use for this. Sad.

Not sure about what the California Common/Steam Beer style is all about. This beer makes me want to suggest a new style: enigma. This is a craft beer icon, but it has no taste. Thankfully, it is not yellow. I want to like this beer. It is probably one of the first craft beers I recall having at an excellent hole-in-the-wall pizzeria in Sausalito, CA while on my honeymoon 26 August's ago. Not even close to the caliber of Anchor Liberty or Anchor Porter. I am flummoxed, and disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:12:18 | More by velosuds
Photo of SamN


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tumbler.

Mmmm, nice frothy head here. Pretty thick and fluffy. Spotty like an IPAs, thick like a porters. Leaving a nice sheet of lacing already. Color is decent, if not a little flat. Copper and brownish, with amber highlights. Smell is of sweet smokey caramel, tinny adjuncts. Honestly, not too impressed by the aroma. However, the taste is a different matter! I had no idea this style of beer was so flavorful! Lots of full, malty tastes of wood, grain and grass and balanced with a fruity/flowery hops bite. The hops bitterness swells but never really crests in a buzzsaw of sticky pine resin; instead it strikes a nice balanced chord of taste. Unlike any lager I've ever had before, really a unique brew. Has a mild sweetness in the background. Glossy, polished tastes. Exceptionally clear flavors! Decently bodied lager, more character and a bit more body than most American lags.

Despite it's mediocre aroma, this beer really came out and shone for me. A classic American craft beer, the West Coast is proud.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:47:38 | More by SamN
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light amber with a golden hue. Thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is corny malts, with some hops following.
Taste is slightly bready malts, with some mild hops presence. Very faint toasty caramel notes as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Slightly dry finish.
Exceptional drinkability. Nothing too exciting, but still, it's a solid beer that goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:46:27 | More by Parrotbeak
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old reliable Anchor Steam. Hard to believe I haven't reviewed this yet. This was one of my early introductions to craft brewing. The Frankenstein beer only the US could create: part lager / part ale. Thing is it's tasty, always. The malted caramel of an ale with the crisp hop character of a lager.

I have no problem give this 4 across the board. I've learned a lot about beer since my first Anchor Steam, but this always a great place to revisted.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 00:38:17 | More by sloejams
Photo of juju7


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decently made, fairly unremarkable beer. For all the fuss made about the way this beer is made, it doesn`t really deliver anything particularly special. Nice golden copper body with a soft head that fades quickly. Pleasant but maybe characterless nose of soft fruitiness. It`s significantly more bitter than I expected. A touch metallic in the finish. Not a bad beer but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 07:38:31 | More by juju7
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

06-23-2013 21:01:55 | More by beerbtl
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-04-2014 23:56:52 | More by WillAndSarah
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-27-2014 15:27:59 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper colour with a thick head that had real staying power and ended in a pretty lace. The smell was sweet and malty. The taste had a bready quality to it. Also sweet. It went down pretty smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. A good beer to enjoy with friends or at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 05:59:55 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of jar2574


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with the appearance. A tiny amount of head formed, and then disappeared quickly. What remains is a flat looking, orangish beer.

Metallic fruity smell.

Not a good beer. Malty, musty taste with a sickly aftertaste than just hangs on your tongue.

Better than a macro-brew, because at least it has a distinctive taste. But not better by much.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 00:33:50 | More by jar2574
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-27-2013 19:02:30 | More by IRONRakkasan
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

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

Anchor Steam Beer | 330 ml. | 4.9% ABV

Brewer: Anchor Brewing Company
Style: California Common / Steam Beer
Glass: Pint

First off, I'm a huge fan of the bottle itself. It's sort of plump, with dark brown glass and an attractive label design. Bottle cap looks great too.

Pours a crisp, clear orange-gold. Head is about 1", rocky and white. Lacing is decent.

Earthy malts, caramel, slight floral tinge.

The bitter hops are really quite intense, but they soon segue into the malty backbone. Hins of lemon and sea salt. Grainy and citrus aftertaste.

Light bodied but chewy.

Great drinkability and harmony on this one. The flavors play together so well.

Price = $5.49 at Winberrie's

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:11:11 | More by BeerNemesis
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New York

2/5  rDev -48.2%

01-21-2014 03:41:32 | More by BrooklynPanch
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-14-2014 20:55:59 | More by Hohnbaum
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber-red color with copper edges. The head was huge to start with, because I poured down the center of the glass, but shrank to a solid, 3/4' cap with good lacing.

Smell: Lots of esters and fruitiness balanced with a good dose of hops.

Taste: Carrys over that balance of sweet malt and fruit and hop bitterness from the nose. The hop flavor is a bit on the coarse side...I like that. Finishes more to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium bodied with a mouthfeel that bounces back and forth from oily and juicy, to dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Very good. It's modest alcohol, lighter body, and fairly simple flavor profile make this an easy choice.

While it may not be on anybody's 'Best of' list, it's a rock-solid and dependable brew that never fails to please. The granddaddy and precursor of all American micros.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 16:22:34 | More by MJR
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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Pint glass, freshness date on back label.

A: Nice medium amber color, Two finger fluffy white head. Head does not last long but sticks to glass.

S: Basic Aroma, hopy. I want to drink this brew.

T/M: Can't explain but excellent. Very Rich. A lot of taste going on. Easy and smooth with good after taste. Slight bitterness.

D: This is a classic brew from Cali and it never fails. Good for any occasion and season. so good.


Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:25:22 | More by mnrider
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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