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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,506 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,506
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 120
Gots: 278 | 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  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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spointon

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I home brewed a batch of California Common and realized I had never reviewed the the original Steam Beer. Poured form the unique fat/stubby 12oz brown Anchor bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a slightly hazed orange/copper color with a fairly thin 3/8" rocky off white head. Tons of lingering carbonation release. Not much in the way of head retention or lace.

S= Almost a lager-like malt sweetness in the nose, followed by a rustic earthy/woody hop note.

T= Completely mimics the nose. Malty sweetness, including some light caramel notes, lead into a blast of hops. Bitterness was firm, and the hop flavor was earthy and dank with hints of citrus and to a lesser extent pine. Finished dry and puckering.

MF= Medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation level that stops short of feeling sharp.

D= Very drinkable and just so damn unique. The original of its style and arguably still the best example.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 20:17:03 | More by spointon
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

11-15-2011 19:09:47 | More by justintcoons
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 15:53:29 | More by mjtiernan
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Georgia

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-15-2011 06:31:04 | More by ColSanders123
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-15-2011 06:06:57 | More by patm1986
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-14-2011 19:12:24 | More by sbricker
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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keithmurray

New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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D11

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from bottle into tulip

A- amber orange color with a one finger head that doesnt last long.

S- mostly malt. some yeast. this smelled close to what a 'regular' beer smells like.

T- taste followed the smell. i was rather dissapointed in the taste. was mainly kind of malty but rather runny and not enough flavor for me. if i wanted to drink a 'regular' beer or a 'lite' beer , this is just a notch above.

M- mouthfeel was probably the best thing i liked about this beer.

O- i did not enjoy this beer. maybe because i was expecting something different. i doubt ill buy it again but there may be some that will like this style. tastes like all the other beers out there i used to drink before i got into craft brew. i kinda feel like i would of enjoyed it more from the bottle perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:06:50 | More by D11
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,506 ratings.