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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,483 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,483
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 118
Gots: 270 | 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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BigDaddyJohn

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

10-08-2012 15:27:22 | More by BigDaddyJohn
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dbl_delta

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-28-2014 22:39:22 | More by dbl_delta
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byrd

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good sized frothy and rocky white head. Clear copper in color. The head is quite sticky and reduces very slowly, holding onto the sides of the glass until it eventually becomes a thin lace. Mild aroma that is a bit different (can’t quite put my finger on it) yet hops are fairly apparent. Nice smooth medium mouthfeel. Bready malt start with a caramel notes. Nice hop finish that is a bit dry and lasts a good length of time. Some slight lemon notes are noticeable. Great highly drinkable, well balanced brew. I really liked this one. Not an overly complex brew, but a great one that I’ll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 02:33:38 | More by byrd
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Tarps68

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-22-2014 02:42:35 | More by Tarps68
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originalsin

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's a reason this beers held in such high regard- its an incredibly session-worthy and fulfilling lager. And boy do I love Anchor Steams original bottles. Maybe there's some history there that I'm unaware of...

Anyway, the pour is this one is a light copper color with amble head. It smells and tastes very balanced with biscuit and grainy malts mingling with some floral hops and unmistakeable notes of barley.
Truly a classic

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 06:45:46 | More by originalsin
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ElSid

California

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

The Beers of California

#22

Freshess Date: None

A: Orange copper with a good amount of visible carbonation which culminates to a finger of off white foam. The head sticks around for several moments leaving behind ample lace on the glass.

S: Mostly sugar, caramel malt breadiness with notes of earth, leafiness, and lemon zest.

T: Similar to the nose with caramel sweet malts up front. An earthy, herbal bitterness rides the initial sweetness offering balance to the initial sugary onslaught. Puckering lemon and a spicy, almost peppery finish.

M: Smooth and substantial with very active carbonation which really adds to the palate.

O: A unique and refreshing brew with wonderful flavors and high drinkability. A great brew for a sunny day. One of my go to session beers which pairs well with summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:22:04 | More by ElSid
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HopHeadInOhio

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-09-2012 14:04:22 | More by HopHeadInOhio
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LaughingZebra

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-04-2014 20:58:59 | More by LaughingZebra
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HavasuDG

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2012 07:20:39 | More by HavasuDG
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njnj2000

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-21-2014 23:39:28 | More by njnj2000
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IPAbastard760

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-07-2014 19:58:53 | More by IPAbastard760
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Plonk

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-29-2013 18:12:41 | More by Plonk
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Kallessin

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear deep amber with full foamy cream colored head with no bubbles. The foam slowly settles leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Has an aroma of herbal/grassy hops with some sweet biscuity malt and very light fruity aromas.

Very mild flavors - dry bready/biscuity malt with mild hop bitterness and hints of caramel. Very enjoyable.

It's dry, crisp with very smooth moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

A very easy drinking, mildy bitter beer. Nice smooth mellow flavors making a great session beer. It's nothing fancy, just a good honest, flavorful beer and the smooth carbonation really makes it for.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 19:33:30 | More by Kallessin
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mattknueven

Indiana

5/5  rDev +29.5%

02-21-2012 03:44:10 | More by mattknueven
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

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

12oz poured into Celebrator glass.

Appearance- strong, clear, golden color, with a white head.

Smell- malty, bready smell. Faint hint of hops or spice, but mostly a bready malt aroma.

Taste- sweet, with a strong malt profile, balanced by a reasonable amount of hops. Not a California "decent amount," but enough to balance the malt without overpowering it. Swallow is clean, aftertaste is water and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel- mouth weight is well balance. Texture is a bit thin, and swallow is a bit rough, considering the low ABV, and smooth flavors. Over all, though, nice.

Drinkability- very good. This beer would play a strong company to any leisure activity, or to a good many meals, while also being enjoyable all on its own. Solid contender for "go to lager," is you are looking for one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:07:41 | More by WalrusJockey
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travduke

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light golden amber, one finger head. Retention and lacing are both spot on.

Aroma: Mostly malty, and grainy. Mild hops.

Taste: Toasty malts. Grainy and again, mild hops. Interesting beer, I dig it.

Feel/Drink: Light crisp mouthfeel. You can drink these guys all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:41:50 | More by travduke
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Crossmd

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours beautifully. Crystal clear amber underneath of an ivory/offwhite head.

Smell- Not much in terms of smell, breads and malts are definitely there, but I really have to try to get it.

Taste is really more complex than I thought it would be, -starts off malty, turns into nutty, and dries down almost sour (in a good way).

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, which I'm not a huge fan of. The "feel" tends to linger longer than I want it to, and I wish that it were a little bit more dry after all was said and done.

Drinkability is not exactly there entirely. I would have to struggle through another of these, and just because I think there's a complexity of taste doesn't necessarily mean that I want another of it.

Overall, absolutely worth it..might have to be in the mood though.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 23:40:08 | More by Crossmd
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold in appearance, slight cloud to this beer. The smell has a nice hop to it that is very close to the overall taste. Very clean mouthfeel, hits the mouth and leaves nicely. Will remind you of a Pale ale. The taste is nicely hopped and sits nice in the mouth. Overall we like this beer and find it very drinkable and one to have in the fridge. Will go with any type of bar food, we think some good wings.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 22:53:39 | More by barleyroad
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bcal16

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-27-2012 15:05:01 | More by bcal16
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hkyplyr73

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-01-2012 13:49:29 | More by hkyplyr73
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doublepneumonia

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-25-2013 02:06:51 | More by doublepneumonia
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evergreen_machine

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-15-2013 02:12:43 | More by evergreen_machine
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lpstar

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

07-23-2013 03:13:54 | More by lpstar
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chillin

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-28-2013 01:32:22 | More by chillin
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Gasc0igne

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-25-2013 11:13:35 | More by Gasc0igne
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,483 ratings.