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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,671 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,846
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 344 | 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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Shilt

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-27-2011 03:42:54 | More by Shilt
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sabinelr

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

This is a pioneer that helped to fire off the craft beer revolution. I used to buy this at the Food Giant in Wallingford, and always looked forward to the nice bitterness and flavor that put it in a different class from the commonly available beers. I haven't had any in years, so when I got a bottle as a gift, I was looking forward to a good nostalgic taste, and I am not disappointed. I could drink this all night while watching good movies or cartoons, and know that the evening was well spent. For you folks that want to look into the world of alternative beer, this is just about the best place to start. Decent bitterness without a strong skunky malt smell or flavor, and one swig leaves you wishing for another. Many thanks to the guy who got this distributed up here in the cloudy zone back in the 70's.

12-27-2011 02:10:20 | More by sabinelr
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Giovacchini

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-26-2011 20:28:17 | More by Giovacchini
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trumpetego

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-26-2011 04:16:09 | More by trumpetego
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

From the bottle marked 1SL. Sampled on Christmas Day 2011. It pours a medium amber with a small head that becomes a ring while leaving a decent lacing. The aroma is of barley, biscuit, and sweetness with a nice hoppy balance. The body falls into the medium range. The taste has a moderate bitterness and a clean finish.

12-25-2011 19:58:17 | More by puboflyons
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beerguy36

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-24-2011 18:35:11 | More by beerguy36
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-24-2011 12:19:07 | More by jophish17
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jtw21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-24-2011 06:09:47 | More by jtw21
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kbkayla

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

I enjoy this style beer. I don't see it often enough.

A- Nice carbonation. Reddish amber color.

S- Lager yeast and caramel. I don't detect any hop aroma.

T- Carmelly lager taste.

M- Smooth and delicious.

I've had a few different breweries version of this beer "Steam" or "california common" as some call it. I tend to enjoy the ones that are a little more biscuity and have more hop aroma. This one is a little less of those 2 features but a very enjoyable beer, easy to drink.

12-24-2011 05:51:49 | More by kbkayla
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-24-2011 05:50:33 | More by tobelerone
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2011 21:52:12 | More by Harkrank
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-23-2011 19:26:43 | More by jminch
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Polasiuss

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2011 17:47:12 | More by Polasiuss
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Yesdog

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-23-2011 16:27:48 | More by Yesdog
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2011 06:02:52 | More by Etan
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marshrat63

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-22-2011 04:20:04 | More by marshrat63
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smithmd4

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-21-2011 23:08:26 | More by smithmd4
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evilkorova

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-21-2011 19:10:42 | More by evilkorova
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ericwilson54

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-21-2011 15:48:56 | More by ericwilson54
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OremLK

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-21-2011 02:42:10 | More by OremLK
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beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-20-2011 15:36:45 | More by beerman999999
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ajfrantz

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-20-2011 02:19:06 | More by ajfrantz
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pajeff

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-20-2011 00:45:06 | More by pajeff
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ehammond1


4.13/5  rDev +7%

Bottle

Ward and Julia's Wedding
Atheneum
Caltech
Pasadena, CA

Clear golden orange and amber with a frothy, pillow off-white head that eventually leaves clinging, sticky lines, splotches, and dots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous beer.

Bready, malty aroma, with a touch of yeast presence. Slightly sweet and very simple, though pleasant and appropriate.

Sweet caramel malt flavor profile, with freshly baked bread, mild grassy and earthy hop character. Incredibly well balanced. Wonderfully drinkable.

Light to medium body with high carbonation.

A definitive version of a classic style. I love this beer.

12-19-2011 22:05:00 | More by ehammond1
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DakotaJim

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2011 15:54:22 | More by DakotaJim
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.