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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

5,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,051
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 480 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy copper body with two fingers of rocky white head that displays great staying power. smell is sweet malts lead by caramel. flavor is caramel with a great balance of hops for that perfect bite on the end. mouthfeel is medium body with a crisp dry finish. overall this is a great beer and one of the few lagers i could go for time and time again.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*reviewed from notes*
Poured from a 12 oz goofy looking bottle into an odd shaped pint glass at Sazerac restaurant in Seattle.

A - A light to moderate pour yields a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Darkish amber in color. Lacing is low to non-existent. It gets some bonus points for the bottling though. I love Anchor bottles.

S - Nothing special on the nose. Light grainy smell. Cant detect any hops.

T - Similar to the nose, but there is something distinctive about this beer that I can't really but my finger on. I definitely like it.

M - Lightly carbonated and deliciously crisp.

O - This beer is a very drinkable beer that has some interesting qualities.

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3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear light copper with a one finger head that fades rather quickly.

Smells has caramel with some lightly toasted malt. Some floral hop aromas comes through as well.

The taste is quite malty and has some caramel and biscuit. A moderate bitterness comes in about halfway through with some floral hop flavor. Finishes clean and slightly sticky.

Overall a solid beer but it seemed a little thin and lacking in flavor. I have had this on tap before and it was better. Might have to revisit this sometime.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper with tons of lively carbonation and a rocky ivory head that refuses to settle.
S - Earthy aromas of moderately sweet caramel malt, herbal hops, and a touch of sulfury Lager yeast.
T - Crisp, grainy malt tempered nicely by grassy hops that leave a long-lasting bitterness. Yeast flavor is mild and incredibly clean.
M - Smooth and refreshing, with a medium-thin body and solid carbonation.
O - An American classic that is worthy of it's praise!

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Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at New World Brewery. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear bronze with a thin white head. Medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malt, lager yeast, mild fruity yeast esters.

T: Lightly toasty bready malt, lager yeastiness with light generic fruitiness, and mild pine and grass hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M: Lighter body than it appears, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: This was an old standby for me back in the late '90s, and this was my first revisitation in a long time. Honestly it's still a really solid drink. I'm not sure it compares well to the best beers around now but I gotta give a thumbs up to history!

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12oz bottle (code 2JD) into a tulip. Pours a perfectly clear coppery amber w/ a thick sudsy white head that leaves chunks of lace clinging to the glass. A great-looking beer.

Aroma is floral, herbal, a little grainy. Has a slightly dank quality that's not entirely positive.

Taste is biscuity pale malt, floral hops, and clean water. Really simple and pure - the antithesis of complex - which I like.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing w/ a crisp finish.

Overall this is a classic brew, an important part of American craft beer history and a great session beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,051 ratings.