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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

4,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,766
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 374 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GiantMidget, Jul 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rfbenavi80, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

BigOldOaf, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

chossboss, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber in color with a lot of head that fades to a slight covering at the end. Incredibly easy drinking and in that respect quite dangerous :) Well balanced and complex to the point taht the hops and malt take turns coming through. A wonderful standby beer.

jreitman, May 03, 2003
Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Shawnspl, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with 2-3 fingers of very light tan head. Head fades away somewhat quickly to a cap over the body, then holds on nicely. Patchy lace.

Sweet caramel malt aroma. A little bit of grassy hop.

Caramel malt on the palate backed by citrusy hop. Moderate bitterness. Bread. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium body and medium carbonation. A craft beer classic.

mintjellie, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle. Pours clear amber-copper color with slightly off-white head. Thick head at first that takes some time to settle but once it does it leaves a nice residue for the remainder of the beer. Medium carbonation and lots of bubbles. Smell is mainly of malt and sweetness but there seems to be a small, very small touch of bitterness. Flavor is nearly identical, mostly malt, some caramel with a toasted feel to it but there is a taste of bitter hops in there, a very nice balance. Leaves a slightly dry feeling in the mouth that I wasnt too fond of but wasnt terrible either. Overall a great beer, easy drinker with a great taste to it.

bunnyhustle, Sep 06, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

pcsnyder, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pinche_Oso, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

monkeybeerbelly, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

wellsnb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft, always a welcome favorite.

A- Pours a deep golden amber, with a nice tan head.

S- Scent of toasted malt and subtle hops.

T- Toasted barley, very biscuity, a very clean, balanced flavor.

M- Well carbonated, not too bubbly, thin to medium on the tongue.

D- A super beer to spend a session with, tasty, but not overly done.

cichief, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of terence
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

terence, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

xacidx, Nov 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear amber with a nice white head that lingers for a decent amount of time. Just a nice-looking beer.

S- Strong malty aroma. Almost bock-like. Hops add just a touch of grassy aroma.

T- Malts once again dominate. Nice caramel flavors are complemented beautifully by the spicy hops. Bitterness is moderate and balances the beer out nicely.

M- Nice medium body and good carbonation. Solid.

D- Excellent. I could have several of these no problem. Great session potential.

Great beer. I can see why this beer is so popular. There's nothing really fancy about it; it's just straight-up flavorful and drinkable. Give it a try if you haven't already done so. Recommended.

vtfan77, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured from bottle into pint glass.Head retreats quickly. Clear copper color , with plenty of carbonated bubbles.

Smell has slight malt notes , almost no hops.

Taste has a slight hop bite that mingles well with the malty base.

Moutfeel is medium weight , high carbonation.

Drinkability is very good , a good session beer.

shroompod, Apr 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

craftbrew502, Jun 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Syraquse, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sir_Goatman, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Brinks, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of trevorwideman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper colour, pours with just a finger of frothy head, carbonation not vicious, but very pretty. Smells hoppy sweet, caramel and citrus notes.

Taste is wonderfully hoppy, refreshingly bitter, and full of sour citrus, grapefruity...

Mouthfeel has a nice bite to it, sticks to the back of the throat. A very summery beer. This says "west coast" to me in a big way. Even though I haven't much experience with this style, I'm already a bit of a fan.

trevorwideman, Sep 07, 2005
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

Greasy, Dec 22, 2013
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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