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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,759 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,759
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 371 | 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 Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Arsenal0328, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of HabiMendes
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is light cooper, with a slight off-white, bubbly neck that retains well. The body is clear, and emanates caramel very strongly, as well as earthy and piney tones. The light body brings caramel/toast nodes, with apparent hops. You can notice a discrete fruitness in the background (mango, bananas). The finish is strong, exposing so well the hops... It's a good Lager, with a more malty profile, and a slight background fruitness. Great beer - I like it!

HabiMendes, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Ginepiece
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ginepiece, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of mjurney
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Amber color, clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, some caramel, faint fruitiness.

Taste:
Bready, caramel, toasted, grassy. Some fruitiness. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly spicy-herbal, a little citrus. Sharp finish, yet very clean. Body is medium, crisp, smooth, semi-dry, well carbonated.

Overall:
One of my all time favorite beer!

mjurney, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of dpage27
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

dpage27, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of czillmer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

czillmer, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Nihilistkid
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Nihilistkid, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Amerikon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Amerikon, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of pheelingIt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

pheelingIt, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Martinecu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Martinecu, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had this numerous times, just never really got around to taking notes on it. Seems like they have this all over the place in downtown Detroit on tap. Had this particular one at Park Bar. Pours a muddled copper color with lighter hues around the edges, closer to a rustic amber; half clear and half hazy. Slightly gray-tinted head turns to a skin and leaves some small dripping of lace on its way down the glass.

The aroma is pretty bleak and mild; but relaxing and calm may be a more appropriate description. Musty hops, seemingly of the Noble variety (perhaps Saaz?) with a slight touch of leafiness to accompany the musk. Faint grains are the backdrop for the hop play, yet they remain fairly quiet and never interrupt. Very light citrus zest on the tail end. Warming doesn't reveal any more aromas; this beer is pretty simple and straightforward.

The taste begins with a small mouth washing of light biscuit malts and heavy grains; a substantial hop bitterness hits the palate quickly up front and fades away during the remainder of the sip. Citrus zest, lemongrass, and a faint herbal tea leaf flavor comprise a good majority of the rest of the flavor. The finish contains some heavier lager yeast, leaving a crisp and mouth-coating finish; light bitterness and an even lighter fruit zest. Thin bodied with a different mouth feel - borderline "creamy" considering the style and thin body. Lots of carbonation.

Easy drinker; relaxed, mild, and highly quaffable. Nothing tremendous in terms of flavor or aroma, but then again, nothing off-putting or offensive, either. I respect the originality of the style but I think I prefer "Steamy Windows" from Liberty Street over this one, despite its history as the precedent-setter.

tectactoe, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of kguard
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kguard, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of J_Dub
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

J_Dub, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mc4z, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of dbrelsfo
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

dbrelsfo, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of MrBIP
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MrBIP, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of hurdjg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gregg_Kawakami, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of KS1297
4/5  rDev +3.6%

KS1297, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev +3.6%

OtisCampbell007, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

alex_hart, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of RuEXP1
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served from 12 oz bottle into standard pint. pours a dark golden color. Little to no head when poured with a medium/heavy amount of carbonation, and a light amount of lacing.

S - Smells of fruit, maybe melon? Not to strong of a smell so it's tough to tell. Hops/malt come through as well.

T - Tastes of malt and some burnt caramel. Has a slight bitterness to it as well.

M - Has a nice tingle from the carbonation. Medium bodied beer that stays crisp the whole way through.

O - Solid beer that really embodies what a pilsner should be. I would say with this beer there is nothing 'new' about it. They set out to make a really solid beer and they did just that.

RuEXP1, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of scmoore81
3/5  rDev -22.3%

scmoore81, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Uneek1
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Uneek1, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of immobileman
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

immobileman, Apr 19, 2013
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,759 ratings.