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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

4,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 376 | 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 Padron4KM
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

Padron4KM, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a trip to San Francisco I drank quite a bit of this stuff from the hotel bar. I'd had it in the bottles at home a few times before, but this is just so much better off tap. Needless to say I saw pleasantly surprised when I fould this on tap locally at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells like nice malts with a bit of hops thrown in there.

The taste is much like the smell, lots of sweet maltiness with a little bitter bite at the end.

This beer goes down very smooth. It is fairly creamy with a nice balance.

Very drinkable, one of my favorite tap offerings. This keg traveled particularly well. If it wasn't for the distance I would have this beer as often as I can.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

morrowd3, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BigOldOaf
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

BigOldOaf, May 04, 2014
Photo of Avagadro
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear with steady lacing, this light copper brew holds its head well.

S: bouquet is quite faint, and bread is all that makes it through.

T: dry and crisp, with notes of caramel and citrus to make things interesting. This brew is well crafted, and subtle in its flavor.

M: light body with moderate carbonation.

D: a great brew for the table of the tavern, anchor has made a name by brewing this original ale.

Avagadro, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of GiantMidget
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GiantMidget, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

monkeybeerbelly, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of rfbenavi80
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rfbenavi80, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of wellsnb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

wellsnb, Mar 28, 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 terence
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

xacidx, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Shawnspl, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev -22.3%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 04, 2014
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
Photo of pcsnyder
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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

Pinche_Oso, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Kevinpitts, Jun 18, 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 Syraquse
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Syraquse, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Duvel
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
Photo of craftbrew502
4/5  rDev +3.6%

craftbrew502, Jun 06, 2014
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,778 ratings.