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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,200
Reviews: 1,918
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 160
Gots: 644 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours copper/amber with a thick off-white head that lasts for a good while. Not much lacing left behind.

S-Balanced between caramel malt and citrussy hops, yet the malt seems to slightly edge out the hop notes.

T-Near perfect balance between hops and malt. The hops supply a citrussy, yet grassy and slightly earthy flavor. The malt is slightly toasty with hints of caramel. I had guessed the hops were some kind of Noble hop due to the grassy favor I was picking up, but they use Northern Brewer. Regardless the flavor is very good.

M-Thick and creamy. Its a heavier beer.

D-The low abv. and great flavor make this one that you could enjoy many of during a single session. However, its a heavy beer which could possibly cut into the number consumed at one time.

Overall, this a true classic. I think it is one of those beers that often gets over looked and is under appreciated, especially in our culture of bigger and bolder beers. It is truly a great beer and every time I drink it I feel privileged to be able to drink such a masterpiece. To me its nearly a perfect beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a rocky 1 finger white head. Minimal visible carbonation. Head is gone fairly quick and doesnt leave anything on the sides of the glass.

S: Real sweet malts with toasty qualities. Hops are real faint in the background. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Unique taste thats quite enjoyable. Great toasty bread taste, sweet with a light carmel. Hops say hello at the end up are taken over by the roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Goes down smooth and keeps you wanting more.

Overall a real good session beer. Really enjoy the taste of this brew and its sessionable qualities. Will certainly continue to buy.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in body with a finger and a half of dense eggshell head out of the tap. Clear as crystal. Lovely snowy lace-cicles. 4.5

Toasted malt grain with some apple/pear esters. Nice bready ale character with crisp hops and clean lager aroma. 4.0

Crisp taste with tart apple flesh, moderate-to-heavy toast, an almost metallic caramel grain note. Balanced flavors with an citrusy hop note. 4.0

Exceptional feel. Quenching with a lugging body that slurps as you drink. Light carbonation seems to work for not distracting from the subtle intricacies. 4.0

Never had another California Common, but this is the bar set for the style. 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,200 ratings.