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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

5,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,199
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 158
Gots: 644 | 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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Served from the bomber into an 8 ounce sampler. A moderate pour produces a short creamy white head that settles down into thin lacing sticking to the sides. The beer is a beautiful copper color with yellowish highlights and is quite effervescent.

I smell lots of sweet malt with some mild floral hops. The taste is a malt treat, with undertones of caramel, with just enough bitterness from the hops to balance. The finish is crisp with a lingering bitter-sweetness.

This true classic is very flavorful and refreshing, and quite reasonable priced as well.

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Served to a pilsener glass.

A: Amber color with a slight touch of clarity. One finger of head perhaps a touch less. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts some hops.

T: A nice caramel malt profile is present. Some what sweet initially but is backed by some nice subtle hops. Fairly clean in terms of esters and phenols but still some very slight fruitiness comes through which is somewhat unique in terms of what is typical in lagers.

M: Crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

O: Great beer and uniquely its own. Would be great with some grilled chicken or other light BBQ food.

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Amber color with an off-white head with good retention.
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Unique flavor, predominant taste of peppery yeast, apple juice and biscuit malt. Notes of earthy hops and honey, with hints of lemon, minerals and salt. Not really sweet. Dry with an elegant bitterness aftertaste.
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Initially, it seemed not to be a big deal, but then it kind of grew on me for its unique taste. Though it resembles some British bitters. I could have drunk a few, very drinkable. Definitely worth it a try. I round it up given its historic twist.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,199 ratings.