Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 5,516
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 185
Gots: 928 | FT: 2
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've tried a stubby bottle of Anchor Steam, the first time was at a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Pours a hazy copper/apple juice color with a messy head quickly dissapates except for a few patchy circles floating about and a ring of lacing.

Tastes bready, with some hints of lemon and malt. Creamy, mouthfeel after the initial carbonation kick subsides. Highly drinkable, goes down very easily. A quality American classic.

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

apearance is a hazy copper with glints of red along the edges. medium head that didn't last all too long, nearly no lacing, but that could be due to the fact i'm drinking this in a brandy snifter.

aroma is quite sweet, with nothing i can put my finger on exactly showing up. nose is thick, and has almost a bit of copper smell; not in a bad metallic kind of way, but, something that complements the colour.

flavourful, nice malts with a pinch of hops. once again, i can't pin anything down in the flavour, except for a bit of caramel when it is rather warm. the taste reminds me a lot of an oktoberfest.

Fine beer, unique certainly (to what i have had), and better than I was expecting. Try it if you have not yet.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for a single...

The beer poured a hazy amber colored base with a large white fluffy head, nice retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was very floral with unique tones...

The taste was alright, it tasted a little fruity with those floral tones. The mouthfeel isn't all that great, it's nice on the palette but the aftertaste isn't to my liking. The drinkability is solid, I could drink this as a session beer but wouldn't necessarily like it.

Final Thought: Not as good as I expected, however I will drink this on occasion, buying it as a single, primarily for the beers' unique aspect.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had this in quite awhile, with all of the other more recent micros now out there. This is still an outstanding beer. It is a hazy, somewhat amber color. The aroma is somewhat floral with hop notes. The taste is slightly sour. Nice blance of malts and hops. One of the originals is still one of the best.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this stuff before from a keg (didn't review) and remembered it being excellent. That being, said, I had high hopes for this beer but was kind of let down. Here we go.
Appears light applejuice color, very bubbly with a poofy little head that vanishes pretty quickly. I can barely smell this beer... perhaps a little fruity/grapey scent in there though. This beer tastes bitter at first, and has a unique flavor. Tastes and feels like champagne actually. Definately white grape flavor present. The drinkability is brought down a bit by the fact that the beer is so bubbly.
All in all this is fairly good beer. It's definately unique, which I really enjoy and respect in general, but maybe it's just not my style.

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Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother has always raved about this brew. Spying that it was on sale for $6.29 at Albertsons recently (And normally in the $8-$9 range), I thought I would pick up some for the Cardinals-Saints pre-game tailgate.
Poured as an amber color with a nice head that lasted awhile. My nose detected a hint of floral hops, otherwise there was nothing notable. Taste was nicely balanced between a hint of caramel with a light dry hop finish. Mouthfeel resulted in a nice clean finish. This is an extremely drinkable beer but one that is unremarkable in my book and not worth the normal high price tag commanded by this "macro micro".

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Photo of sardonic
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: My first review of the style, and actually my first time trying any micro from the US.

Nice caramel type color with a creamy head. Good hoppy taste, but oddly enough I'm even more drawn to it based on the appearance of the beer itself than the taste. Plus, very pretty packaging. Nice above average beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good-looking amber body with nice carbonation and finely laced 2 inches head, medium-lasting. Piny hops aroma with notes of perfumey caramel. Nice malt development in mouth, good balance. I like it more with every sips. It remains very light though with resin hoppy profile bringing a light bitterness. Well done and indeed got the lager light and refreshing smooth body which I liked.

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Photo of ken3c
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very bright copper. Lumpy head recedes to a thin lumpy layer. Lacing is spotty but evident. The head really makes this beer look great.

Slightly malt smell but mostly resiny hops.

Slightly sweet and then turns bitter. A hint of carmel in the aftertaste. Very clean taste.

Bubbly feel. Light-medium body.

For me, this is an example of the sum of the parts doesn't quite add up to the whole. I can appreciate this beer in each area but I just don't love it or even like it a lot. I just like it a little.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a cloudy brown color and a thin tan head that does not last long. The aroma is minimal with nothiong impressive besides the malty smell. Flavor consists of light roasted malts, breadiness, and a touch of non-distinct hops. It also ends with a bit of sourness. Overall this beer has nothing too distinct about it. It beats macro swill, but not by much.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect amber color, rocky eggwhite head, no lacing. Very nice, perky, fruity smell. Has a sweet malty flavor, but it's not at all cloying. Very full mouthfeel for a sub-5% abv brew.

I haven't been drinking craft beer very long, and I came back to this one (after drinking "bigger, better" beer all summer long) not expecting much. I'm shocked to find that it tastes even better than I remembered. This is a truly great brew.

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Photo of baiser
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an golden orange colour, with a creamy, off white head. This beer is very carbonated. It's clean and crisp like a lager, and fruity like an ale. Kind of 'woody', with a clean malt character. It's got a bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. A good session beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with an adequate light beige colored head. Malty, earthy and grassy in the aroma, a slight bit diacetyl and further mineral-like qualities in in the water content. Slightly malty sweet, yet astringent from the malt and backed with a further dulled astringency from the hops. A bit fruity in the whole hop/malt balance, but if you know the brewing history behind a "Steam" (trademarked) or California Common beer, you'll understand why this beer had pushed the envelope at one time when it came to small-batch brewing. It since had become a U.S. classic, and rightly so. It is very crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of Dmann
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A truly excelent and enjoyable brew. This beer poured a good looking amber color with a nice white head that clung to the glass and left slight lace till the end. The smell was good with a nice earthy malt character. The taste was superb with a nice citrus bite in the beginning, a carmel like maltiness as it washes over your mouth and a great dry citric aftertaste. A unique beer indeed and a great session brew as well.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer has a really cool bottle design, I like the colorful turn of the (last) century style a lot.

It pours a copper color with a big tight bubbled head and just a little bit of lace. The aroma is sweet and biscuity, with floral notes. The taste is very interesting. It starts out with a hit of hop bitterness that quickly leads into a sweet, biscuity almost honeyish feel. There isnt much of a finish other than lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel of this beer is a little watery. Its not superlative, but still a very interesting, quaffable beer.

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

355ml bottle, served at the kings head belfast

Pours with a dirty amber body, fizzy tan head forms

Smell, aromatic and hoppy, floral, not disimilar to the liberty ale but less powerful

Taste, nice mix of malt and hops, pretty well rounded. Hop bitterness. Perhaps slightly too carbonated

A good little beer, not on par with the liberty ale but none the less, might have been served a little too cold in the bar i had it in

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

Good strong amber, distinctive in color and smooth on the pour.

Malt, hints of spice and possibly vanilla.

Smooth hops and malt cascade well together. A tiny flavor of the vanilla with some lemon and maybe a washington cherry.

Very smooth to drink, classic in style and flavor. A very likable and drinkable American ale.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pour! Appetizing huge pillowy, cake like antique white head that settled into a 1/2" pour over a clear copper teeny bead carbonation. Cryptic freshness date in the label: 4FB.

Spicey nose of cardamon and carrot cake. Mmmm...

Blends of nutmeg and a suggestion of root beer. An A+ for creativity. This is another offering that reminds me of those candies that has the gooey caramel outside and the white sugary middle.

Solid foamy feel. Crisp even after sitting. Goes back like me gullet is pried open.

An easy summer swiggable brew. Awfully drinkable.

Last swigs: This is an historical brew. A truely American style. Blend of lager and ale. Hmmm... interesting. Steam derives from the "steam" carbonation that used to sizzle out from these beers when tapped.

Beer is good. Happy historical beering.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this one several times and keep going back to it as it is a good session beer. Pours a medium to dark amber color with a creamy off white head about two fingers wide. The head leaves beautiful, sticky lace all over the glass. There is a great deal of carbonation as witnessed by the numerous bubbles rising to the surface.

The aroma is kind of nutty with a sweet smell in there. The taste is nutty and slightly malty, but only a trace of a hop prescence. Mouthfeel is good and smooth, almost too smooth, though. Overall, a good beer to enjoy anytime.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to try Anchor Steam since it is one of the few American classics. Appearance is a dark copper with medium-sized, creamy head. Smell is clean, slightly hoppy, with a note of sweetness. Taste is nicely balanced. Mild malts and hops combine for a fairly complex taste. Slight citrus taste is noted on the edges of the sip. Thankfully, Anchor Steam is a full-flavored brew that doesn't feel too heavy for high drinkability. Overall, I really liked this beer, but didn't find it to be the most exciting style around. Anchor Steam is a must-try though, it's not often you find the originator of a style of beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this a long time ago and it wasn't a taste I wanted to re-visit compared to the awesome Anchor Porter. I was able to mix-and-match a 6 from my local beverage store so I got a couple and I was pleasantly suprised.

Appearence: Dark amber, little head.

Smell: Slight fruity scent but an unusual note like no other beer making this unique.

Mouthfeel: Foamy and rich

Taste: It starts out a little lighter, almost like a champagne. A slight "Trappist Monk Ale" note assuming that comes from how this beer is hopped. Strong alchololic taste and strong hoppy flavor with no fruity flavors. Towards the end, just a slight lager flavor.

This Anchor is a very unique and respectable beer. I'll have it again as a change up or sampler but I prefer the porter/liberty ale.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Whiskey's in Boston, MA.

Amber/brown color with a creamy head. Left some nice lacing on thw glass as it went down, and it went down FAST. Very smooth tasting. Very well-balanced hops and malts. Sweet and bitter tasting, yet is not rough on the palate. A truly unique beer that goes down way too easy. A must try!

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

This is a clean amber ale with afizzy white heat that disappears quickly. The beer has a light sweet malty aroma. The malt flavor promised in the aroma gives way to an assertive hop bitterness before giving a crisp clean finish. A tasty drink for when you're having more than one.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass.

The appearance is a nice copper bronze with a thick 1 inch head. Creamy and sticky head. Some lacings, but they didn't sustain like some beers.

The smell is malty and distinctive, classic Anchor.

The taste is sweet and full. Grainy and complete sips. It's hard to compare this beverage to anything else, it's totally original. The carbonation is so nice too, providing a very soft mouthfeel. The soft quality only adds to the drinkability.

All I can say is that this is one quality beer. A standard in the craft beer market and always welcomed by me when I see it on tap at a bar. It might be a tad overpriced for a 6 pack. I think a 6 pack goes for around $8.39 or usually higher, but this is a solid product and a true session beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is clear, dark amber with a big, yellow-tan, foamy, active head that collapses crustily. It leaves soap-film runny lacing. Fruit and crackers in the nose. A fruity, bitter front. A light, fruity middle showing some caramel. A nutty, fresh, bitter finish. A little tea. Hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice, fresh, hoppy, light beer. A good dinner beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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