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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,523
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 121
Gots: 288 | 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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Photo of depechemode1983


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium clear amber/copper color. Head is off white with decent retention. Lacing is is substantial.

S - Tons of earth in the nose. Getting light floral hops, bread, fresh grains and hints of caramel. Excellent.

T - Again lots of earth character and floral undertones. Getting lots of bread and wheat flavors. Bitterness is minimal but gives it just a bit a balance.

M - Medium bodied. Very soft on the palate. Carbonation is perfect.

O - A great beer. Very earthy and easy to take in. I think this one would be very approachable to a non-craft beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:10:51 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Portertime


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer is a wonderful quaff poured a crystal clear amber color. Served well chilled out of the fridge in a pint glass. Aromas were of citrus and piney hops in the nose and some caramel malts. The taste gives way to soft citrus and pine hops with a hint of caramel and a biscuity malt quality. A finely complex brew for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:58:07 | More by Portertime
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a wonderful deep amber with a thick, wispy head that left good lace on the glass.

S: Smelled great--definitely some caramel maltiness but mainly an overpowering citrus and fruity aroma. One of the most interesting noses I've ever experienced on an ale like this.

T&M: Wish I could say it tasted the same as it smelled. Initially, the beer has some earthy, grainy flavors, but it quickly turns to intense bitterness. Absent from this was a strong hop flavor, which often enhances the bitterness in such a style. The bite increases in the finish and lingers for quite a while. I basically had to drink the whole thing quickly in about 4 big gulps after the initial taste to keep the bitterness from lingering any long than it had to. Mouthfeel was average: Lots of carbonation, and easy to get down (if you can get by the bitterness).

D: It has a good mouthfeel, but the intense bitterness severely limits the drinkability for me. I could see drinking it with some spicier foods, but definitely not a beer I could sit down and flat-out drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 19:10:26 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Jeeb

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-13-2013 16:35:54 | More by Jeeb
Photo of morrowd3


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-30-2013 01:55:06 | More by morrowd3
Photo of ATXRyan


1/5  rDev -74.1%

04-25-2012 21:43:15 | More by ATXRyan
Photo of MystikCelt

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-24-2013 02:57:57 | More by MystikCelt
Photo of RWLawman

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

04-18-2012 23:43:29 | More by RWLawman
Photo of DCdevyl78


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-28-2014 04:36:49 | More by DCdevyl78
Photo of Brian700


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear amber color with a white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt with a mild citrus hop aroma.

The flavor is very nice. Good malt profile here. There is some caramel presence along with a clean hop flavor. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great session brew, very drinkable. I remember liking this beer more than I did this one. I will update review this one again when I get a bottle that I know is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 04:32:51 | More by Brian700
Photo of king75


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 02:32:39 | More by king75
Photo of JALIEN


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-25-2012 23:14:29 | More by JALIEN
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer, a definitely departure from the heavily malts and sweets of east coast PA’s. I found this beer to be extremely effervescent in terms of its pop and carbonation.

I could sense a vegetable like aftertaste that followed a slightly fruity beginning. A very good beer, but very expensive. Worth a try. The lingering aftertaste is a nice reminder.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 01:21:31 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of Vengeance526


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze amber color with a frothy white head that retains well and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a little sour but also malty and fruity.

Tastes strongly of caramel with some roasted malt, some citrus notes and a strange bite in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. An interesting beer to try but not as great as I was lead to believe. I'm not sure what it was but at times this tasted a little stale...it actually came in a plastic amber bottle so maybe that affected it in some way. I'll probably try this one again down the line to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 22:52:14 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of ThirdEyePA


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-22-2012 22:11:42 | More by ThirdEyePA
Photo of jhillwastaken


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-26-2012 18:53:23 | More by jhillwastaken
Photo of Jason_Quad

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2012 18:48:01 | More by Jason_Quad
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-23-2014 11:18:28 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
Photo of Lerxst


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

A-Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head that fades quickly and left no lacing.

S-Sweet malt, with hints of floral and citrus hops.

T-Follows the nose with a slightly sweet maltiness and hints of hops.

M-Light body, crisp carb bite, clean finish.

D-Drinks easily enough. A good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 20:14:05 | More by Lerxst
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White silky head that stays around for a while. Golden color in the body. The body isn't impressive but the head is. Lace clings to the glass.

A grainy smell but nothing really else going on here.

Malty burnt caramel taste up front. Slight citrus bitterness in the background. I like the taste a lot. The flavors mix quite nicely.

Smooth body, light carbonation hits the tongue. Feels really nice.

I could have a few of these no problem. Smooth light body beer goes down quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 09:10:01 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found in Ottawa, Canada. Listed as 4.8% with a BB of March 2013.

Pours a pretty golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that doesn't leave any lace, but sticks around as a long-lasting film.

Sort of a fishy freshwater tone to the aroma at first. Tried in three glasses rinsed with different water to be sure. Once that wears off, there is a sweet malty aroma with a very subtle fruit backing and a dry grassiness to it. More honey-like sweetness comes through after warming.

Mostly sweet malts, then a well-balanced bitterness. Some raspberry-like fruity notes as it warms. Pretty mild, very stock ale-ish

Crisp but creamy on the tongue, but light-bodied overall. Slightly malty on the aftertaste, also has a mineral sharpness that reminds me of tonic water.

Love the look, description on the bottle and would love to try it fresh. However it's a bit too mild for my regular tastes, especially at the price in Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 18:50:07 | More by bryehn
Photo of packetknife


3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly floral on the nose. Crisp and clean. White overly pourous head. Just malty enough but not overpowering. Somewhat dry. Hints of spice on the finish.

Lingers on the tongue with somewhat of a citrus residue. Bitter/sour. In-between. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 18:32:28 | More by packetknife
Photo of IRONRakkasan


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass, a nice, off white, head developed with mild retention and lacing. Appearance was clear with a golden / orange color. Nice fruity aroma with spice notes. Tasted hoppy and light up front with floral and fruity notes, light caramel on the back. Medium mouthfeel with a light, dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:35:20 | More by Huffs
Photo of BigOldOaf


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-04-2014 00:28:56 | More by BigOldOaf
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,523 ratings.