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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

4,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,999
Reviews: 1,871
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 140
Gots: 459 | 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 musicman575
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam is very flavorful and effervescent light bodied beer. You get a lot of bang for your buck.

I am suprised by the pleasant nose. It's yeasty and spicy, almost belgian, with floral hoppiness.

It's a completely different beer than what the smell suggests. The malt is definitely the most salient flavor - semi-sweet and very bready, almost musty. The hops are also pretty prominent and intertwoven with the other flavors. They're present from start to end. Finishes dry with a grainy, slightly bitter aftertaste.

musicman575, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of akokinakes
5/5  rDev +29.5%

akokinakes, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of eye2
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful orange to dark amber in color. You can tell that appearance was a quality built in to this beer.

S: Quality. Wonderful earthy scents. Wood, flowers, even a little bit smokey. It smells clean. It smells like something you want to taste.

T: Smooth, cultured, somewhat (but not overly complex). A few strong tones stand out amongst the many layers: Sweet and salty.

M: Smooth. A little creamy. A little crisp. This beer adapts to the mood and setting.

Overall: Perhaps one of the best easily obtainable beers. When it's time to splurge (money-wise) a little, Anchor Steam is always considered. Highly recommended.

eye2, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Unchi, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Calder316
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Calder316, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

gtermi, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jh1982, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Brown120, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +3.6%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +3.6%

xnicknj, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TGS
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

TGS, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber in color with a large white head that fades within a minute but leaves good lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Lightly woody, somewhat fruity hop character. Background aroma of full, toasted barley.

T: Initial faint fruit/herbal notes fade to a more pronounced bitterness, followed by a wave of soft toasted grain. Relatively balanced. Has a slightly dry, cellar-like character to it.

M: Medium-bodied with a good crispness.

O: Truly one of a kind, this beer has an X-factor that reminds me a lot of Orval. Rich in flavor, yet relatively simple and refreshing.

BMoldy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of tenaciousp65
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor steam. My main man. Shorty poured into a pint glass.

a-When i first looked this a few years ago i thought to myself wow this looks just like a lager. not much head the same straw colored clearness. boy was i wrong

s-the smell is where you start to notice. It smells like the crispness of a lager but there are the subtle fruity undertones there that make you start doubting

t-bam this is something else. You get hit right away at first with some sweetness on the front but it quickly moves away for that signature smooth lager finish

m-solid through and through. Perfect balance between the sweetness and the bitter finish

o-can't get anything like it. This baby is in a league of its own and I am always happy to drink it.

tenaciousp65, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mrunseen, Dec 05, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

KC9LDB, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, pale copper color with a one finger head that melts after a minute.

Pilsner malt aroma. Has the smell of a good quality pilsner.

Pilsner malt flavor up front. Quite lager-like at first. With a murky, muddy somewhat fruity finish. Not crisp like a pilsner.

Thinnish mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style.

I guess essentially I am drinking a lager/ale hybrid. Not bad. It's different. Just don't go into it expecting something it's not.

UnderPressure, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

winklebrau, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

wiscokid920, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nikolai, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BoringBunny, Dec 03, 2011
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,999 ratings.