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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

4,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 4079
Reviews: 1816
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%

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 Murph


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright sopper with a decent off white head. Smell is of nice caramel malt and some light floral hops. Taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt that is soon followed up by a decent hop flavor that balances the brew out nicely. Nice smooth mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. I generally prefer my brews to be a bit bigger than this, however, for the style this is a pretty nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 12:55:07 | More by Murph
Photo of Bighuge


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep clear amber. Almost copper. Beautiful pillowy white head. I don't get a lot on the nose. Maybe some slight malt. Taste is nice. A nice bready yeast flavor is present. There's also a very slight fruitiness that accents nicely. Like apples and pears. Very clean taste. Easy drinking. Solid brew here.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 21:46:10 | More by Bighuge
Photo of jtw5877


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid beer, when I can find it which isnt all the time. A sure thing and a great beer, another beer that helped change my thinking about how a beer should taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 13:14:34 | More by jtw5877
Photo of aracauna


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big lager fan, but after reading about how this beer was made to gain some ale qualities, I was impressed enough to give it a try. Much more complexity than a typical lager. Less hop character than I would have expected from a west coast brewery but some nice maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2002 09:09:36 | More by aracauna
Photo of mickeymac


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

This is another always-reliable beer from a west coast brewery. It's an all-night beer with good aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 21:15:04 | More by mickeymac
Photo of mmthompson33


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a great beer, tastes a bit like fresh greens in a backyard garden, especially if you drink it at the brewery. Sometimes it's not good, sometimes it's the best thing on earth, it just depends on your mood. A historic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2002 21:47:13 | More by mmthompson33
Photo of ADR


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd like to say I like this beer more than I do because of its unique status as a hybrid. I do enjoy it on tap when I'm in the San Fran area. Maybe its too balanced in its presentation with hop and malt so equal that I can't form a strong opinion. Its also a little thin in mouthfeel and finish to me. Big fan of Anchor's Porter, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2002 12:33:36 | More by ADR
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good session beer, light in flavour, aswell as having a good hop profile, and well rounded flavour, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2002 05:44:56 | More by rastaman
Photo of garymuchow


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle. Very big head, foamy noisey and lasted a long time. Clear with a copper colored amber. Surprisingly light nose, that was dominated by malt. Smooth malt character to the taste with sharp bitterness surrounding it. Finishes long and dry. Nice and full mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment. Feels like your really drinking something with some body, especially since it's not a stout or porter. This would be an easy beer in which to enjoy several.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2002 22:20:44 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Todd


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah ... an American micro-classic, and a most distinct and unique beer. Hazy medium-amber, creamy tight bubbled head. Fairly clean aroma with slight bubble-gum and sulfur notes. Very carbonated, creamy with a lot of complexities, raw feel, grain and hops tannin astringencies and background sulfur. Toasted malt flavours come thru with a touch of caramel and sugary flavour as the beer warms to room temperature. Definite fruity character. Hops are bitter, but soft on the palate. Flavours linger into a grain dry finish.

Simply an all around good beer, with decent balance and incredible character. Used to treat myself to this beer when I was cutting my teeth into the better beer world ages ago. Everyone should at least try this beer once.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2002 00:09:30 | More by Todd
Photo of hooligan


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap, this beer has been fairly consistent, and one of my favorite summertime brews. The crispness of this beer makes it a easy drinking one. The bottled is very good, but as others have stated, can be quite inconsistent, with a metallic, stale, almost oxygenated taste to it...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2001 15:39:35 | More by hooligan
Photo of John

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had Anchor Steam at this hippie shrine kinda joint called Vesuvio in San Fran about ten years ago. I was thrilled at the time. Still pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2001 16:36:37 | More by John
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A classic beer. Such a distinctive taste; never gets old

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2001 09:59:45 | More by AaronRed
Photo of DrDocRudge


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While the color and smell say drink this one, I find that each bottle has a nasty metallic aftertaste to it. In addition, the beer seems watery in comparison to other ales, though firmer than all pilsners and most lagers. Some people swear by this beer, I just swear at it. Much better than Bud or Coors though.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2001 15:12:58 | More by DrDocRudge
Photo of gwfrankpsu


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a terrific beer, while agree that this is one of the best around it pales to a Liberty Ale. But I degress, take your Bud swilling friends and have them try an Anchor Steam - the shock will do them good.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2001 09:56:40 | More by gwfrankpsu
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very ale-like in character, with distinct malt. This brewery knows how to turn out quality products.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2001 17:41:48 | More by Brent
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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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