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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

4,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,663
Reviews: 1,846
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 341 | 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 CortexBomb


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pour is mild/medium orange with an impressive white head on top. Nose is softly malted.

Flavour starts out nice and full of caramel malts, a certain spicy, peppery tinge shows up about halfway, but the smooth malty overtone stays present for a good long spell. Yeast, bready, nutty with some slight, slight light fruit notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and full but nothing particularly special. Drinkability is good, a tasty, inexpensive brew that is available year-around.

The bottom line: Anchor's Steam beer is a venerable oldster on the craft brew scene at this point, but it still persists as a tasty, if not particularly depthy option. A great session brew.

04-05-2008 23:40:09 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of PatronWizard


3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

Sixer to the head.

Pours almost clear amber copper. Decent white head settling at a moderate pace.

Smell of slightly sour malt. Yep.

Taste of slightly sour malt; grainy - like cereal. Neither good nor bad.

Pretty damn rude with the carbonation - rakes the throat.

What can I say? I'm uninspired.

Overall: uninspiring

01-12-2009 04:06:38 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of logicalparadox

New York

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours a rich, crystal-clear dark bronze to copper. Head is creamy, white, and lathery in texture. Good retention.

S: Aromatics are malty, but rounded. Grains are present and full of character. What should "beer" smell like? It should smell like this!

T: The taste is clean. Malts are lip-smackin' good, rounded out by grain. I taste barely. Like actual barley. I get bready, and cracker notes. But not overly sweet. There's enough mild bitterness to keep this brew nicely balanced. This is delicious. It's not a mind blowing brew, but here simple is good.

M: Medium bodied and lingers on the pallet. The creamy head adds great texture and contrast. This is one smooth brew..

Overall, I really like this brew. Will definitely try again. This isn't the kind of beer that will inspire a revelation or challenge your convictions--although, it might be a revelation in that to me this is what a basic, simple beer could and should be and it might challenge your convictions if you've been succumbing to pretension and fad brews, thinking that only an esoteric style or brewing method or exotic ingredients can result in a glass full of joy. This beer is... zen like for me!

08-03-2014 23:08:04 | More by logicalparadox
Photo of Bromine


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2013 12:28:18 | More by Bromine
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-15-2013 19:12:14 | More by TypsiYpsi
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-21-2014 23:24:21 | More by chossboss
Photo of benito


4.85/5  rDev +25.6%

I don't know that Anchor Steam is one of the best beers made in the US today, but it is the seminal and definitive beer in this style, and any other California common or steam beer lives in its long shadow. Hence my scores.

A: Copper with a large fizzy head with high sturdiness.

S: Minty and woody. Exactly what I expect from this beer and, in turn, style.

T: The start is soft with a strong flavor of honey and is followed by a slightly bitter, dry, and bready finish. The minty hop presence carries through the flavor and adds a nice, refreshing zing.

M: Very soft and smooth. Medium bodied with good length and an ongoing emergence of flavors.

D: Top notch. This is a great session beer for any time of year.

There are more ambitious beers on the American market, and there are lots of other good, innovative steam beers too, but this is a classic and one that never dissapoints. Highly recommended.

01-24-2007 02:20:00 | More by benito
Photo of ejh06752

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2012 02:55:40 | More by ejh06752
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a light amber color with a small, fine head that is gone in seconds.

S - Sweet and slightly citrusy. Inoffensive but very boring.

T - Fairly sweet and with a good malt character. Biscuit is present.

F - Light body and nice carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

D - Very easy and enjoyable to drink. Would be excellent to session.

10-17-2010 03:19:36 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of rmehughes


4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-14-2012 19:37:21 | More by rmehughes
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-02-2012 00:47:17 | More by xacidx
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2014 18:48:48 | More by rowbow
Photo of baiser


3.63/5  rDev -6%

Poured an golden orange colour, with a creamy, off white head. This beer is very carbonated. It's clean and crisp like a lager, and fruity like an ale. Kind of 'woody', with a clean malt character. It's got a bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. A good session beer.

09-05-2004 00:00:11 | More by baiser
Photo of ibbjamin


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Paid $3.29 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a pilsner glass.

The glass helps showcase a large two and a half inch frothy, off-white head after a standard pour. Head retains very well. Mostly transparent gold color. Pretty good amount of carbonation visually present. Good lacing.

Smells similar to a pilsner/lager, but just much stronger on the nose and seemingly much cleaner. Quality ingredients. Some mild grassy hops, mild yeast and gently sweet malts balance quite well.

Still very well balanced and clean tasting ingredients. The only shift I noticed from what I detected in the nose was toward the earthy hop spectrum.

Good carbonation, light to medium body and quite drinkable.

A good beer, but to me it seems relatively run of the mill. If I was wanting a "beer beer," this wouldn't be my first choice.

02-26-2009 02:31:42 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of alkemy


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Frothy white head with quite a bit of staying power atop a golden orange/copper colored brew. This was one of my early forays into craft beer, and I still have a soft spot for it. Malt and earthy, floral hop scents. Taste is much of the same. It's a really nice balance between that initial crisp bite of hops and the not too sweet malt on the back end. Low ABV makes this very sessionable as well.

12-01-2009 01:46:32 | More by alkemy
Photo of Jeeb

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-13-2013 16:35:54 | More by Jeeb
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-29-2012 07:32:26 | More by grubefresh
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2013 20:47:17 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
Photo of Redwood21


4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Upfront: My review "MAY" be biased. This was my first craft brew, and it was love at first sip. If anything that should be a statement to its quality. Its fun because its steam beer, not a lager, not an ale...its steam beer.

A: This beer is probably my favortie to look at. It pours a great amber color. The head is sort of a tan/offwhite color that pours thick but then drops to form a nice lasting thin veil. Beautiful.

S: I was suprised that a beer style labeled steam was so fragrant. I later learned where the "steam" term came from and realized my earlier thought was foolish...any way when you pop the cap and get a whiff its just good.There is some malty aromas but overall its just a reat smell that makes me want to start drinking.

T: This is where all beers make their moeny, and this anchor steam is "my" favorite, Its a beer that no matter what mood, what meal, what occasion, ill know id love to have one. there is a malty grain taste, with bitterness as well. The flavours like the aromas meld so well, and are balanced so well its hard to describe seperate flavours.

M: Extremel smooth, not sure how else to say ityou wash it around your mouth and is just tastes great and goes down so easily.

D: Highly drinkable, my all time session beer. If i had to drink only one beer forever (right now) this would be it. extremely pleasant experience.

03-18-2007 11:06:34 | More by Redwood21
Photo of KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-16-2012 02:44:57 | More by KGarrett
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This had a nice light, hazy golden color with a decent 1/2" head that didn't mind sticking around. Lacing was spot-on, literally...

Smell: An initial caramel, malty, fruity nose. I know it's not a Hefeweizen, but I clearly picked up banana in the aroma. This is a good thing for me since I enjoy the Hefeweizen style. I just wasn't expecting banana in this "steam" beer. No booziness at all. I can tell already this is going to be a good session beer.

Taste: Again, light caramel, malt and mild citrus hops. Not bittering at all, with a hint of sweetness to it, making it an easy drinking beer with great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was a perfect match to the nice, clean finish.

Overall: I would recommend this for anyone looking for a session beer that doesn't take a backseat in the flavor department. This will make my kegerator again in the future for sure.

10-26-2011 02:27:08 | More by cmq103
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-10-2013 22:42:35 | More by addiwilliams
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

Had this on tap at Teds Montana Grill. I had a unique bison burger with guacamole and Jalapeno peppers on it. It was very good and interesting in flavor. I wish I could say the same about this beer on tap.

Poured a pale orange color with no head when this one was brought to the table. Smell is muted with some caramel malt and some faint honey scent. Taste is of sweet malt and very little bittering hops. Smooth carbonation, somewhat crisp.

I actually thought this beer was better in the bottle than on tap.

10-30-2007 03:33:54 | More by genog
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a beautiful clear gold with solid stiff white head that leaves good lacing.

Aromas are malty with a touch of hops. The flavor starts out with a bit more hop character in the finish than I first got in the nose. A clean lager character with enough hops to make it interesting. The malt character is toasty with a fruity character.
A moderate mouthfeel with decent carbonation makes for great drinkability. A quaffer.

06-09-2009 20:36:14 | More by rtratzlaff
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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