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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,615 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 128
Gots: 325 | 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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beerbiatchMD

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle into wine glass.

A: Golden orange, pretty clear, one finger white head that dissipates in a few minutes, small lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramelly, some citrus hops. Nose is very subtle overall.

T: mild bitterness, pretty well-balanced with fine malt backbone.

M: Crisp, refreshing, small bubble carbonation. Pretty good.

O: pretty good above average lighter ale, not overly complex and thus very approachable. Would recommend.

12-18-2011 00:10:53 | More by beerbiatchMD
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2011 19:24:19 | More by tclapper
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jhenson1

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2011 02:12:37 | More by jhenson1
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Time to review a classic (and no, I won't going off on a tangent about how the new grading system sucks, either...that's for the forums, brah) Poured into a Kostritzer pilsener glass.

A: Pours a murky copper color, with a large, sexy four-finger off-white head that fades away at a moderate pace.

S: Mostly earthy aromatic hops, but also features a small bready scent, as well.

T: The opening is malty, biscuity, and almost sweet, while it finishes with a decent hit of grassy, floral hops. Flavorful and refreshing, but I imagine it would be better suited to the summer months.

M: Finishes very wet, and has moderately high carbonation overall. Nice smoothness, too.

O: This is pretty damn good, and like many of the well-known craft beers (SN Pale Ale, SA Boston Lager), has a good degree of versatility, as well. On the other hand, it's not my favorite, and truth be told, I think I prefer Flying Dog Old Scratch (if we're staying in the not-too-well represented style of the California Common) overall.

12-16-2011 23:10:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
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wo87810

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-16-2011 22:38:34 | More by wo87810
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dankrutgers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-16-2011 20:26:47 | More by dankrutgers
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-16-2011 04:08:43 | More by fizzyted
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2011 21:57:52 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2011 08:12:57 | More by Gregwa
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-15-2011 04:08:38 | More by Beertracker
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r3o

Florida

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-15-2011 00:12:20 | More by r3o
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ububru

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 19:58:56 | More by ububru
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RyanCMcGovern

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 15:59:16 | More by RyanCMcGovern
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vtownAL

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 15:39:58 | More by vtownAL
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harrymel

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%

bottled: 1SW; 3rd week of September, 2011

A: Copper with a transient finger of white foam which falls quickly to a broken sheet of the same. spotty lace. excellent clarity.
S: Smells like english malts. Sweet with hints of toffee.
T: Tea flavors with strong malts and subtle, earthy hops. Pretty simple and easy to drink.
M: medium bodied with moderate over low carb and a semi dry finish.
O: I can see why this beer made it big. I can appreciate the approach-ability of the beer. It's just mediocre to me.

12-14-2011 15:34:20 | More by harrymel
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Tabni

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-14-2011 15:14:15 | More by Tabni
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Beeraucrat

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 14:41:18 | More by Beeraucrat
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 07:09:54 | More by HumphreyLee
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Tinker60657

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 04:25:54 | More by Tinker60657
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 04:13:50 | More by nmann08
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nate1357

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 23:00:07 | More by nate1357
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 20:13:35 | More by jak
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 17:24:12 | More by TXhomebrewer
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 05:29:07 | More by tbeq00
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N1CK

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 02:03:44 | More by N1CK
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.