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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 1,918
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 160
Gots: 647 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (code says 3G9) into a nonic glass.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, off-white foam. Retention is decent and little flowers of head remain on the top of the beer for more than two minutes. Not much lacing left on the glass, however. There are a few chunky bubbles visible in the mostly-clear orange/tawny liquid.

S-The smell is a bit earthy with mildly sharp, grassy hops and bread-crust and cracker flavors verging into semi-caramel and fruit. The aroma is nothing special, but not bad for the style.

T-The taste is a bit grainy and the light-caramel malts carry through from the nose to the palate. There is also a bit of light fruit sweetness. Hops are mild, and of the grassy, earthy variety.

M-The brew is wonderfully drinkable. Heft is light to moderate with crisp, bubbly, chunky carbonation that never feels fizzy or soda-like.

O-I'm glad I finally got around to reviewing this classic. It is lighter and more quaffable than I remember, but a a great example of this style nonetheless. At times, it reminded me of an English mild and other times of a German Pilsner. The whole package is a bit rustic, but the easy drinking nature of this brew would make a great session/football watching beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into tulip from bottle a beautiful clear copper with small white head. Aroma of sweet mild malt, pears, some florals. Flavor is admittedly mild but definitely session able. Medium light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Sweet malts and light fruits with a slightly unpleasant finish. Finally tried this and it is not too bad. Better sessionable brews though.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber-copper color with a big billowy just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over about a 5-10 min time period to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of some more grainy smells mixed with a caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas there are some lighter hop smells of an earthy nature and a bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry bready and grainy flavor with a bit of an earthy taste. There is a light caramel sweetness throughout the taste that is most intense at the beginning (although still very light) which almost disappears toward the end of the taste. While the taste has a hop bit at the start with the earthy tastes, more hop of a grassy and light citrus nature come to the tongue bittering the taste as it moves on. Some woody flavors come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the combination of flavors leaving a rather dry, malty and decently bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both the moderate body and carbonation are rather good for the mix of dry and bitter flavors, making it a good easier drinking brew.

Overall – A nice dry tasting steam beer that is very easy to drink. A good go too for something on the lighter side.

Photo of beyah
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgian goblet.

A- Deep copper color, head lasted only a few minutes with a little lacing.

S-Has a smell reminiscent of east coast ales of old.

T- Bittering Hops show right out front and followed by some malt sweetness, but somehow finishes dry.

M- Has a smooth mouthfeel, carbonation does not get in the way.

Overall- Good beer for watching a ballgame, with lots of hop and malt character. Best with strong flavor foods.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Small, quickly receding head soon left after the pour. Initial smell is complex, but the combination of hops and floral tones makes it pleasant. The taste is sharp, but I think it lacks a full flavor. It is still very good though. A very sessionable beer as the palate is clean after drinking. A historic brew and certainly worth the try.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.