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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

4,743 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,743
Reviews: 1,853
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 362 | 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 hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev +7%

The epitome of its style and a pleasure to drink.

Bright orange-amber with impressive creamy head that sticks down the glass. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and not too oily or viscous.

Aroma is malt-forward with what I'll call an oxidized tone, as I have no idea how to describe it, but it is a facet of any California commons I've had.

My favourite element of the beer is its taste; well balanced and robust, sweet caramelized malts with a hint of hop bitterness.

hopsolutely, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

So much pressure the kegs used to hiss like a steam engine when tapped.

Anchor Brewing was purchased in the 1975 by Fritz Maytag, and helped revitalize regional brewing in the US, a precursor to the craft explosion we get to enjoy today. Anchor's flagship brew is Anchor Steam, which falls into the California Common style category, a hybrid by the use of lager yeast at warmer then usual temperatures. This beer pours slightly orange with flashes of amber, a frothy head that provides good lacing throughout. Bready malty tones are first observed, with slight yeastiness poking through as the beer warms, simple and pleasant. Again the bready malt meets with hints of yeasty flavors, while the brew shows a moderate level of bitterness, slight citrus notes from the hops that all lead into a clean, crisp finish. A light to medium body is met with a good level of carbonation. A GREAT example of this style.

phishsihq, Jan 14, 2012
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A: The highlight of the beer. Amber in color, nice fluffy white head with decent retention and a little lacing.

S: Sweet bready malts. Very light though.

T: Watered down sweet bready malts, with a soapy metallic finish. Bleh.

M: Light to medium body, with some prickly carb and a tinny finish.

I really don't get why this beer is hyped. Every time I come back to it, I'm left underwhelmed.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,743 ratings.