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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,616 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,616
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 128
Gots: 325 | 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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jamiejohnson

California

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

I genuinely love this beer. Super session craft brew that's smooth and super tasty. But to be honest I'm rating it so high because of the pioneer factor. I'm 55 yrs old and to anyone else who endured the fizzy 70's and 80's, especially in a rural area like where I grew up - you know what I mean. Fritz and Homebrew Charlie P saved the day and instigated the craft beer gold rush. Nowadays there's literally thousands of excellent brews out there. Thank you so much Anchor Brewing

Way back then
I drank pee
Anchor Steam
Set me free

02-11-2013 05:09:30 | More by jamiejohnson
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tommy2x

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-11-2013 01:08:17 | More by tommy2x
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sketchyhoodie

New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-10-2013 04:13:12 | More by sketchyhoodie
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Enjoyed straight from the bottle at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan.

Anchor Steam is a beer that I've wanted to try for awhile now, but just now decided to finally order one and get my first taste. I had never had a beer of this style before, so I was actually surprised. With the ABV and the name "Steam" beer I was expecting a light beer that was light on flavor and pretty much a slightly better version of an adjunct lager... it's better than that. The smell is of malts with a fair amount of hops. The taste has mild hops on the front, with a malty and bitter finish. I was not expecting this beer to taste the way that it did, but I enjoyed it. I had Black Crown by Budweiser just last week, and honestly, this tastes like a craft version of that beer. It has a similar malt aftertaste with a trace of wood, but with a bit less sweetness and more bitterness. Clearly, this beer is MUCH better than Black Crown will ever be, but that's a beer a lot of people are familiar with that I would compare this one to.

Would not exactly be my beer of choice (There's nothing offensive about it at all and it's a solid, craft beer), but it's a very respectable beer with a lot of history behind it.

02-09-2013 04:52:54 | More by Alextricity
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-09-2013 04:15:28 | More by KStark
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BMan33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-09-2013 03:18:08 | More by BMan33
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Thunder

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-08-2013 23:21:10 | More by Thunder
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csurowiec

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2013 22:38:08 | More by csurowiec
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jkn09

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-08-2013 19:28:56 | More by jkn09
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zzurn


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-08-2013 07:33:51 | More by zzurn
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elchingen

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2013 03:31:32 | More by elchingen
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2013 03:10:58 | More by wonothesane42
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SandS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2013 01:48:15 | More by SandS
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Mike151014

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

poured into pilsner glass from bottle at about 38 degrees.

L- Amber color with slightly amber tinted head, two fingers, which hung around for most of the drink. Moderate lacing not much carbonation.

S-The malty hops are the first aroma, followed by a sweet tinge of caramel. Other than that there wasn't anything that stood out. Don't let the smell fool you, this beer is very good.

T-Again the hops are the first thing I tasted, a delicious brew all around. The after taste left a sweet caramel note that hung around for a bit.

F-Feel was a little flat, and dry.

O-Very well done you can taste the quality.

poured from a bottle.

02-07-2013 23:42:09 | More by Mike151014
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Yello5

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-07-2013 06:15:23 | More by Yello5
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JarMills

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-07-2013 05:16:03 | More by JarMills
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 4-finger frothy, rocky, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some awesome lacing. Clear with only a few bubbles.

S – Caramel and toasted malts with earthy, woody hops. Plain and simple.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and somewhat of a brown sugar taste. Toasted malt comes in next followed closely by a bitter blast of very earthy, oaky, and maple-y hops.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp, creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter and very dry finish. Bitter and dry woody hop flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a nice, tasty, drinkable, and refreshing beer. It’s the example that all other members of this style are based on. Nothing more needs to be said.

02-07-2013 04:38:36 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-06-2013 21:06:46 | More by Beerswag
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teraflx

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-06-2013 15:07:48 | More by teraflx
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-06-2013 04:07:10 | More by bishopdc0
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15%

In the book of Frankiepop, the American classic Anchor is a tad overrated. However, Frankie likes a beer with a little more sweetness and dare I say, a little more flavor. True this special lager beer is nice beer. Easy to drink, a good summer choice, and with a refreshing twist of lemony citrus twang. So it is not an American crappy lager. No, Anchor is kind of creamy, kind of foamy, and kind of smooth. It's more of a bitter beer, a nice light hoppiness that makes IPA guys smile a little.

I on the otherhand found the taste a little weak. I prefer a Tecate, a Greek Marathon, or a European lager like Carlsberg. Anchor's summer citrus quality is nice. Very west coasty. Anyway, I'm saving the rest of the six pack for July! Still above average ratings though I will stick Anchor's wonderful Porter. Blow me down. Got to admit as it warms the more I drink the more I likey....

So pair this on a hot day with some nice traditional Jazz music. I might suggest a cd by Bucky Pizzarelli called Challis in Wonderland where this guitar phenom sits in with some wonderful arrangement with a small string section performing some old great jazz pieces arranged by Challis who worked with Bix Beiderbecke. Another wise choice might be Hampton Hawes trio music.

02-06-2013 02:57:38 | More by frankiepop
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-05-2013 21:43:38 | More by powdersoldier
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.24/5  rDev -42%

A - Pours dark gold with a finger and a half of white head. Left no lacing.

S - Sour malt and creamed corn.

T - Predominantly creamed corn, With a bit of the " steamed " character.

M - Medium slightly smoky body with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, What the hell? Why is their so much praise for this beer? Perhaps I just got a bad bottle, But it tasted like a slightly smoked corona.

02-04-2013 21:22:59 | More by SometimesIfart
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BlesstheHarvest

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-04-2013 18:28:07 | More by BlesstheHarvest
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CMOrak

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

02-04-2013 03:15:26 | More by CMOrak
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,616 ratings.