Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,372 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,372
Reviews: 1,961
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 172
Gots: 812 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Ratings: 5,372 | Reviews: 1,961
Photo of furballkazoo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer is Anchor Brewing's flagship brew for a reason. The original California Common Beer (in short a lager brewed with ale techniques and temperatures), it set the standard for amber lagers.

Photo of dan1357
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer with that special Anchor flavor. good all around beer. beer knurds won't agree, but I like it on ice.

Photo of Rutkiller
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my old favorites. Refreshing. Greatly balanced beer. Great looking beer!

Photo of Rpm0003
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good summer drinking beer. Light and carbonated but has some punch to it.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shhhteamy.

Appearance : Epic head of Godzilla proportions. Solid four finger, leaving mountains and hills of cascading foam lace on the sides as it recedes at a pace that would make cold molasses blush. It finally settles at like, an off-kilter head, some places its two fingers, others its one. The body is dark amber, lemon tea colored, with about 80% opacity.

Aroma : Ginger! Orange slice. Roasted malts! A little white grape. And faint lavender, with light grassy hop. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste : Pale hops come out right away, with a rather sharp punch. But the ginger, orange, and roasted malts tend to balance that out a bit, however the hop wins the boxing match and it ends strong on piney hop and some orange muffin.

Feel : Buzzing, medium bodied, lightly creamy, ends crisp and sun-dried. Nothing substantial but appropriate.

Overall : This is a decent beer. Tastes more like an IPA with orange accents than anything. I'd have it again, but it's a bit hoppy for my tastes.

Photo of jaa1222
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very solid beer.

Photo of ZBowden
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper with off white head, smells of bready crackery malts slight yeast and hops, tastes bitter and bready with more malt on he finish, mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation lasting bitter finish

Photo of thehoppylady
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy, hoppy and smooth! Just how I like them!

Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cent single from Winter Haven ABC...not too shabby for a quarter!

Photo of RichOnCongress
4.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the amber clear color and the light caramel taste that finishes very clean. One of my go to beers at home easily. Great back with a bourbon rocks too.

Photo of Alexrdvz
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Too bitter for my taste. I had high hopes for this beer when I went to California, but after trying it I was disappointed. Might be good for people with a different taste. Not my cup of "beer"

Photo of badgustav
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - clear, crisp, lightly red in color. Not a lot of head
Aroma - toasted malt, light on the nose.
Taste - sharp, malty, underlying copper note of hop bitterness. Fascinating without being too complex
Feel - rich, slightly coating
Overall- a very nice and unique lager

Photo of sjccmd
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean lager-like yeast aroma but with some mild fruitiness, on the side of apricot. Woody/minty hops with caramel malt. Graham cracker and biscuits. Very balanced, flavors mingle quite well together.

Pours brilliantly clear. Amber/bronze with large off white, almost light tan head. Great lacing and head retention.

Caramel malts in the flavor with clean lager yeast profile again with some fruit character. Apricot and strawberry. Biscuit, toasty malt. Firm hop bitterness, woody and slightly fruity. Some nice spices too.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Lingering finish with hop bitterness. Very dry.

I hadn't had this beer in quite a while and kind of wrote it off as an acceptable standard. Having been enjoying German beers recently, this one hit me quite nicely. A lot of American beers seem to lack the balance and subtlety that German beers have. I think this beer gets passed over because it's not sour, overly hoppy, or high ABV. I like all of those things, but I do wish there were more American breweries trying something like this out.

Photo of Hellblazer138
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty ok I might drink this one again

Photo of Leeroi
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Want to try in Zan Fran

Photo of The-Beav
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer , I picked up a little boozy aroma, also noted a peanut - like note in the taste , mild just adding to the other reviews, will defiantly purchase again.

Photo of mzingie
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading the first few chapters of "The Audacity of Hope" I was very excited to try this beer. Overall I think it's a pretty average beer, a little too much carbonation for my tastes and I'm not the biggest fan of the pokey hop profile that seems a bit unfounded. Mouthfeel is about what youd expect. Not a bad beer for casual drinking but certainly not the best.

Photo of maedhros09
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear Amber-Gold with nice foamy white head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Light caramel and grassy aromas
Taste: I like the complexity and subtlety of the steam beer. It has some of the fruity and floral aspects I like about ales but it has a cleanness and dryness that I like about lagers. it has that characteristic floral aroma of Anchor beers and a mild herbal grassy hoppiness.
Feel: Smooth with perfect carbonation, light to medium body.

Overall: Steam Beer is a great session beer. Despite the overall lightness and low ABV there is subtlety to its flavor. A characteristic Anchor fruity and floral aroma serves as a backdrop for the otherwise fairly clean and dry balance between malt and light herbal/grassy hops. I still prefer the Liberty Ale but the Steam Beer is a great standby.

Photo of jesticals
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too heavy, not too light, good sipping beer.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

amber/golden hue-hazy, malty, creamy mouthfeel. tastes like if newcastle was a lager.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- darker than most lagers with light head
- smell is pretty faint if any very mellow
- taste is crisp and refreshing with a beer lingering after
- very smooth and refreshing light carbonation is nice
- overall one of the better beers i have had in the lager style great drink,

Photo of predikit
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber/copper color with a fizzy white 1 inch head with good retention.


Smell is malty, slight fruity notes.

Taste is very much an american beer, if Budweiser or the like actually kept some depth to their beer, it would taste like this. Sweet malt, minor bitters take the middle, aftertaste comes through as toasted grain and biscuit.

Light-medium bodied, very drinkable, is a good compromise between smooth and crisp.

A tasty, drinkable brew, not much complexity, but what it does it does right.

Photo of craftgirl99
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

great tasting steam beer i enjoyed the refreshinh taste. would drink this all summer long.

Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, poured into tall tulip.

A: Didn’t look overly lively, golden, small head, poor retention, barely any lacing, slightly hazy.

S: Very malty, also had some Saaz style floral aroma.

T: Bitter Malts and charcoal.

M: Sticky texture, minimal carbonation, coarse edge from the bitterness.

O: A bit like a Franconian Kellerbier, not bad but not great either.

Photo of JoeyDubs
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to be little bias in rating this particular beer. This was the beer that got me into Micro Beers, hence the rating is so HIGH.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,372 ratings.