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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,131
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 145
Gots: 578 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head with minimal retention. Some lacing is left behind. The body is off white with hints of yellow while the body is a little hazy with an almost medium amber/honey hue that glows orange when held up to the light.

Nose- Fairly subdued- takes a quite a bit of probing around and swirling to get something more than the sweet malt and stereotypical beer aroma. Grain, sweet malt, and a slight hint of sour spice are the dominant aspects but hints of caramel do come out later. Some fruity esters come out as well- some faint peach, apricot. Some complexity but very subtle.

Taste- Initially, citrus notes followed by woody bitterness with some resin. The bitterness is well rounded and is never overpowering. I had never noticed it before, the Northern Brewer hops do give a mild minty flavor which hangs around the wood of the profile. The hops also have a herbal/floral spiciness to them as well. Some biscuit, some grain but the caramel (like on the nose) is pretty tucked away. The dual use hops really stave of the possibility of any of the malts taking over the palate. Not the most complex beer but it is a very solid and well balanced one.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Lots of carbonation but the zip is welcome.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a summer day. A classic for a reason.

Overall- Solid beer. I've been drinking Anchor's products for years but I haven't reviewed many of them.

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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this last night at The Dead Fish in Crockett, CA. I had a liter of it which was awesome!

Appearance- amber color, pretty thin head

Smell- citrus hops, malt

Taste- light amount of citrus hops, malt, tastes lighter than a pale ale but stronger than a lager

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I have had this beer so much but never reviewed it until now. It is a very good beer and a great session beer.

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3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, dark gold. A thick cloud of an off-white head.

Smell: Sinus-clearing mint and citrusy hops on one end, and plenty of grainy malt on the other. As a whole, however, the aroma is light and clean.

Taste: Earthy bitterness and a tart character overpower the biscuity malt. Altogether, the taste is much less complex than I had expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel and high carbonation keep the brew crisp and clean.

Overall: More flavorful than a lager, yet more simple than a typical ale. It's a solid beer, but not one that sparks any real interest for me. I can't think of a specific season or situation where something different would be more appropriate or satisfying.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,131 ratings.