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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

1,944 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,944
Hads: 5,567
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 190
Gots: 957 | 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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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ruby amberish beer in color, with some teints of orange. Smell of fruit, a tiny bit malty and hoppy but very very shy.

Taste is very smooth, some note of fruit, with a well balance malt and small hops, nothing very strong, just well balanced and smooth. Very good drinkability, nice beer going down very well.

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Photo of uncleozzy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, medium amber-colored beer with a short-lived 1/2" head that stuck to the glass here and there. The light aroma of hops and malt turned into a moderately powerful bitterness on first sip that was nicely balanced by the bready, and even slightly fruity, malt flavors. As the beer warmed up, the fruitiness became more pronounced, but the hop bitterness still dominated. Finished crisp and clean, without a lingering aftertaste. Eminently drinkable, and a great beer with dinner.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color with a 1" head. Only a wisp of lace develops. The aroma was of bread and malt. The flavor was a well balanced and simple blend of caramel, bread, fruit, and mild bitterness. Definitely a bit on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start with a crisp, slightly dry finish. Extremely drinkable, and a perfect brew to enjoy with a pizza.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium dark amber-brown with a short creamy head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing, moderate to high carbonation. Not a lot in the nose, mostly barley, hops, and a hint of fruit. Taste starts off very empty, but flavors come out through the sip, ending with a rather sharp bitterness. Although the mouthfeel is smooth, the bitterness stands out and there is no counterbalance of other flavors. I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours golden in color with minimal head retention. It smells nice, very fruity and citrusy, a lot of oranges, also some noticeable hops. Smooth and flavorful, there are some fruity notes matched by a bitter, almost sour taste. The bitterness really sticks around for a while creating a powerful aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, not too light and not overly heavy either.

This might not be the most drinkable beer I've ever had. It tastes good, but the bitter aftertaste has kept me from drinking more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear orange/copper with a slight dirty white head. Some big bubbles, and it fades pretty fast.

clean, bready malt, sweet and kind of sea-breezy. hints of fruit and earth, with slight astringency.

dry, sweet and crisp bready malt, with a tickle of bitterness at the end. very clean tasting and a bit spritzy. again a hint of fruit sweetness comes through but isn't very present. almost a bit of mustiness in the malt-- i think it's that earthy flavor, maybe the hops? great balance between bready malt and hop aftertaste. Super drinkable.

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Photo of slyke
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a deep amber with an inch of thick off-white foam, Anchor Steam has slightly hoppy aroma. This beer has a sweet-malty taste and practically dances on the tongue. Anchor Steam has a good hearty mouthfeel without being too heavy. It is an extremely drinkable beer that I think would be an exceptionally good one to drink on a warm afternoon. Dare I say a "steamy" afternoon?

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

All 4's here. Orangey-amber-good carbonation action-small head that holds well. Malty buttery apples and hops. Some caramel taste too. Taste is dry and not as bitingly bitter as I remember-there is a nicely balanced malt/hops blend. Some slight fruitiness. Dry mouthfeel --quite smooth and drinkable.

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

Pours out perfect amber, clear with moderate carbonation bubbles racing towards the top. The head is a fluffy two finger to three fingers high (depending of glass size.) that retains great. Sticks all around the glass. Off white is color.

The aroma is a balance between the clean toasted malt and the mild spice from the hop.

The taste is well crafted. A perfect toasted caramel malt flavor blended with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

Easy to drink medium body with some mild carbonation.

This is hands down one of the best crafted lager on the market, well worth the extra dollar. I can enjoy this brew any time.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a topaz/amber color with a good mother-of-pearl head (not sure what's up with the gemstone descriptions).

Has a pleasant floral aroma and a grassy earthiness. Malty and solid taste , fuller than I expected given the color. The graniness and slight bitterness are well-balanced with the floral overtones.

This is very enjoyable...accomplishes balance of flavors well, like Thai food (there even seems to be some saltiness. I would reach for another!

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Photo of charlatan
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this on tap at Madame Butterfly Restaurant in Portland.

The straw to amber colour was lighter than the beers I tend to prefer. A creamy head added to the feel, particularly early on.

The nose was of a rather dim, bitter type of creaminess, reminding me of Boddington's Bitter which I have never been particularly fond of.

I haven't sampled a beer like this in a good while. It struck me as rather diluted (I prefer a much fuller flavour), yet at the same time dry.

The hops delivered a decent degree of bitterness, but were rather one dimensional, and didn't mix well with the creamy malt. This is a combination which makes little sense to my palate.

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Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Steam beer is a clear copper color and an off-white head foams up 1 cm. hangs around and evently fades to a surface layer near the end. Aroma is mostly malt, some hops, well balanced.

Provides a nice carbonation with an above average body. The beer gives some sweet caramel up front and then gives way to west coast hop finish that is delightful in in their acidity and delectable in their spiciness, dry aftertaste taste along with little bit of grainy flavor.

This little beauty is crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. Session beer par excellance! I am amazed that nothing under this style rates above 4.0 average. "I don't get no respect"... Rodney Dangerfield.

Worthy of a 4+ IMHO

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at my favorite watering hole. It was quite tasty and refreshing, but I couldn't imagine drinking this for too long because of the overbearing sweetness. Nonethess, it was delicious. I might have to pick up a bomber in the near future.

The beer was an amber color with a generous frothy white head that stayed to at least a quarter inch through the pint. The smell was quite fruity and malty. I couldn't quite place the taste, but it was almost tropical. Like I said, quite delicious and refreshing at first, but towards the bottom of the pint it is damn nigh too much. I will probably drink more in the future, but I definitely couldn't foresee this being a session brew even though it is under 5% ABV.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a pint glass at about 50 degrees (F) it pours a deep amber color w/ 1 cm of frothy tan head w/ lots of cling to my glass. It also appears a little cloudy at first as well. Smell is of sweetness- cherries or raisins malts maybe. However, no hops or dark malts other than fruit, nothing too special. Smooth vanilla cherry flavors up front with some hops to it and then a little more hops on the finish; a little watery also and not too complex. However, this is a very decent beer to drink. Prickly carbonation that sticks to the tip of your tongue on the sip and then follows the contours of your tongue even after the swallow (lots of carb!). Light-medium bodied; mild and smooth and very easy to drink a whole lot of them!!

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Photo of stjarnflikka
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red-orange beer with a fingerthick foam and some carbonation.

Smell is malty, somewhat flowery with oranges to aid it. Some fizzy carbonation goes in there to, mainly fresh and nice though.

Taste is at first malt. Citric hops goes together with a somewhat bitter tone to create a nice feel. Somewhat bready and alcoholic, and it finishes with citrus and a long rough bitterness with some spices.

A nice brew by a great brewer.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This poured a dark golden, sudsy head that diminished quickly, but left a collar all the way through, smell was a bit woodsy, with slight fruit aroma, taste is of well balanced mild hops and malt, bit of apple notes, and a bit spicy, mouthfeel is well carbonated, a bit of chewiness, but very mildly so, finishes very smooth, drinkability is excellent, this is a great session brew,I can't believe it has taken me this long to review this as I have had this many times now, I really like Anchor Steam a lot!!!

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a decent sized white head. No lacing, and little carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a very earthy malt smell. The hops back it up nicely and the yeast is also very present in the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is mainly of malts, and not ones that are all that flavorful or complex. The hops barely make a statement in the mouth. The flavor is bland and uninviting. The mouthfeel is thin but smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Again, Anchor has left me down. First the OSA 04, and now this. I have yet to try their Bigfoot barelywine, but I have one waiting for me in the cellar. Hopefully it's better than this bland beer.

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Photo of TackleDummy
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a copper color with a minimal off-white head. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves creamy white lacing on the glass.

The aroma is that of malt with a bit of citrus.

The flavor starts with a bit of a hop bite and a slight malt flavor, and finishes with a citrus taste with a decent amount of bitterness.

The mouth feel is pretty light and just a little creamy, and it goes down smoothly.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I love the way the beer produced one of the best heads of foam I've ever seen. The color of the beer was a nice dark copper. I liked the malty smell, and how the hops are only really distinctive in the taste. It also had a suprisingly somewhat creamy feel. Other than that, it would make a nice brew for a warm summer night.

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Photo of beersarang
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous beer. Copper colored with a beige head that becomes rather rocky. The lace is intermittent.

Smells almost metallic, hoppy.

Taste is hard to describe. This beer is not bitter per se, but the malts are seemingly overwhelmed by the unique hops. This beer has a mild beginning taste with a bite towards the end, which fades into an aftertaste that is quite pleasant and smooth.

Carbonation is evident in mouthfeel, lighter to medium bodied beer.

Drinkable, to be sure.

I do like this beer. One thing I can say is that there is no beer that is even close to it. Everyone says it is unique, and everyone is right. A great beer to have around; it shows what America is capable of brewing.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Anchor Brewing's second-best offering, in my opinion -- and it's a top-ten among American made microbrews.

Anchor Steam pours a deep copper with an average life off-white head. Its aroma is fruity: meyer lemon and grapefruit, with an essence of roasted malts and hops. The taste is a similarly complex balance of flavors with a quick bite of hops, sweet malts and a citrus finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry, which is good in my book. This beer's drinkability is better than most I've tried, regardless of style.

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Photo of elricorico
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper colour(how's that for alliteration?) with a touch of off-white head. It smells good, seems to me that it has a citrus smell, with a baked bread aroma and a sweetness not unlike brown sugar.

Has a fresh citrus taste to start and a mild hop finish. Hints of sweetness within the starting, but nothing overpowering.

Decent mouthfeel. without heavy carbonation. Has a little bit of body to it, it doesn't feel thin. This beer is quite drinkable, when finishing one it seems that another is a good idea.

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

Pours rust-colored with a very nice head that sticks around. For some reason I figured this would be blonde...

Steam hops on the nose, light citrus along with a harsh, almost rye malt scent. Nice.

Tastes more or less like it smells. Sweet, toasted malt upfront with the citrus of the hops coming in on the back.

This beer is juuust right. A great session ale that goes down easy and doesn't rape your mouth,

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Photo of BeerBob
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer pours a rich deep copper from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Head goes well over two fingers and is off white, thickly packed with small firm bubbles that regenerate from the beer below. A generous lacing of foam covers the side of my glass, giving it a world class picture of a well laced beer glass.

Nose is of hops and sweet malt in pleasing and fragrant amounts. Palate is toasted sweet malt, thick and creamy with a well bittered hops presents. There is a floral profile to the hops, but not the heavy kind but rather soft and well balanced with the sweet malt. Anchor Steam Beer reminds me of a good German Märzen.

A well made brew awaits you from Anchor Brewing, no skimping here, and not watery in the least. See it on the shelf, take it from the shelf and buy, it will not disappoint.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap w/ dinner tonight. Came to me with a nice golden amber color, but not much head to speak of. I'll blame that on the pour. However, it made up for it with some nice lacing cascading down the glass. A nice citrusy hop nose with some bready sweetness.

Sweet, cirtus/lemon hops mix in with a nice sweet caramel, bready malt. Nice balance and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin but that makes it all the more drinkable. A good session brew. I've never had this in the bottle, but I look forward to trying it.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.