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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

4,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,698
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 349 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-25-2012 13:46:09 | More by Steamer2012
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3.05/5  rDev -21%

In between home-brews at the moment and got curious about this style, having never had a steam beer before. Figure the most known would be a reasonable introduction. Pours a highly effervescent clear color somewhere between burnt orange and a very-very light brown-red, huge head pulls away from the mug to practically float in the beer. Last couple mm of the head are stubborn in an amusing way.

Clove-ish sting on the nose, with some bread, but otherwise very clean. Can't tell the hop character from smell alone. Let's swig...

Clove from the nose inches towards cinnamon on the taste, and the bready bit I assume from the yeast sticks up just a tad more than it suggested, though it doesn't show aggression in particular on any one component. A nutty character comes up as it warms. Odd as it sounds, I get a dryness in it I'd usually associate with cheap malt liquor, yet somehow here without the strength or the adjunct negatives.

Goes down simple and clean, no aftertaste. This is a chugger and quite proud of it.

On merits standing alone, it makes a nice utilitarian intro. On its tastes v. my usual tastes it diverges quite a bit, but man can't live on double stouts alone. I don't love it, but I understand it.

Now to attempt to make an imperial version...

01-25-2012 06:19:11 | More by longbongsilver
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-25-2012 05:38:22 | More by jskennedy
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-25-2012 02:07:20 | More by jrenn
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2012 07:20:00 | More by TheBMan
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New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%

01-24-2012 04:36:13 | More by rJulianz
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-24-2012 02:00:35 | More by rogerthegill
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

01-23-2012 22:02:22 | More by Beerme09
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-23-2012 05:33:28 | More by sonomaroma
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-23-2012 04:59:53 | More by cycoduck
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-23-2012 03:53:01 | More by JmBrkr
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, slow bubbling orange-copper coloring that has a thin, filmy, white head of very low profile. Aromas are very well blended, with a caramel malt presence and roasted characteristics. Flavors showcase a more tangy malt presence, with a good hops bitterness to balance from the background. The roasty character and the peppery spices from the hops are great accents to the malty backbone of the beer. Smooth bodied, with a crispness to the finish from the hops. The aftertaste is a good blend of the malt sweetness and the roasty notes. Very well balanced beer, and insanely easy to drink.

01-22-2012 23:35:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-22-2012 21:31:58 | More by mrip
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-22-2012 16:59:42 | More by CMA
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-22-2012 10:11:15 | More by Chrisdslap
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-22-2012 04:59:28 | More by AJD1201
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-21-2012 23:02:59 | More by WoodersonMB
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-21-2012 05:22:19 | More by khargro2
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-21-2012 03:41:31 | More by Aclucari
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7%

A- pours golden with red streaks coming through, amazing white frothy, multilayered head that lasts long after the pour. Thick lacing coats all the way down the glass.

S- sweet malts, earthy grains, a bit of spice hop

T- Assertive bitterness up front, almost a saltiness on the tongue, a bit of citrus on the mid-palate, finishes with a sweet maltiness that ends somewhat dry and bready.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation, velvety and smooth. Perfect.

This is a unique brew, very complex yet everything balances nicely. Could definitely be a top pick session beer for me as it is very drinkable, bot too bitter, and not to malty or sweet. Very good beer!

01-21-2012 02:12:18 | More by Treyliff
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-20-2012 20:09:32 | More by jharkins07
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2.86/5  rDev -25.9%

In a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: clear, golden amber body with lots of carbonation seen rising, white head dissipates with a lumpy looking leftover carbonated look, lacing is ringy and spotty

S: malty and yeasty/bready, slightly sweet and nutty

T: malts come back fairly strong, but not sweet, balanced with decent bitterness

M: light, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish

O: its not one of the greatest beers out there, but I`ll probably come back to it just to re-review

01-20-2012 19:00:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. If I had to have my fridge stocked with ONE kind of beer forever, this would be on the short list. It would also be on my short list for introducing newcomers to good beer. (And the Anchor Steam story is good for that, too.)

Why do I like it so much? I'm not sure... it's kind of a "sleeper beer" ... it's not exciting or especially bold, but the flavor profile, mouthfeel, and whole experience is so enjoyable and satisfying I am never disappointed.

The big thing for me is the taste. There's something so wonderfully balanced about Anchor Steam. It's malty, toasty, caramelly, with these flavors that are reminiscent of a darker beer, but it also has these brighter citrusey and fruity characteristics that poke out now and again. Those notes mostly just brighten up the flavor, but every once and a while it grabs you in a different way. It's well carbonated, not in an aggressive way, but in a way that makes your mouth happy.

It's just one of the best all-around beers, period.

01-20-2012 02:42:46 | More by unclepedro
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-20-2012 01:24:05 | More by Bdel34
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

01-19-2012 22:18:37 | More by HoptimusPrimal00
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,698 ratings.