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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

4,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,754
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 369 | 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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Photo of Treyliff
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!

Treyliff, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jharkins07, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
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

BeerKangaroo, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of unclepedro
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.

unclepedro, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bdel34, Jan 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kew, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

edwardkersh, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Socramahis, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

runshu, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rlombardi75, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

CoryR, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jeanphony, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

CB2maltygoodness, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jk3, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Campodog, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Looneybiz
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A true amber color, (looks like hardened tree sap... which is amber) with a somewhat retentive head. Not a strong aroma, but you pick up some sweet malt. I also enjoyed the back story on the bottle's label of how it was called "Steam Beer".

Taste and mouthfeel were well above average and it had a nice front with what tastes like caramel malt and then finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. After drinking it the hop flavor stays with you for a bit but not excessive.

Seen it in the store and was intrigued by the name, so i bought it.

I'm glad I did as it was very enjoyable.

Looneybiz, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

agammon, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mnixon86, Jan 16, 2012
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,754 ratings.