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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

5,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,237
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 683 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 5,237 | Reviews: 1,922
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, slow bubbling orange-copper coloring that has a thin, filmy, white head of very low profile. Aromas are very well blended, with a caramel malt presence and roasted characteristics. Flavors showcase a more tangy malt presence, with a good hops bitterness to balance from the background. The roasty character and the peppery spices from the hops are great accents to the malty backbone of the beer. Smooth bodied, with a crispness to the finish from the hops. The aftertaste is a good blend of the malt sweetness and the roasty notes. Very well balanced beer, and insanely easy to drink.

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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours golden with red streaks coming through, amazing white frothy, multilayered head that lasts long after the pour. Thick lacing coats all the way down the glass.

S- sweet malts, earthy grains, a bit of spice hop

T- Assertive bitterness up front, almost a saltiness on the tongue, a bit of citrus on the mid-palate, finishes with a sweet maltiness that ends somewhat dry and bready.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation, velvety and smooth. Perfect.

This is a unique brew, very complex yet everything balances nicely. Could definitely be a top pick session beer for me as it is very drinkable, bot too bitter, and not to malty or sweet. Very good beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (also had in a pilsener):

A: clear, golden amber body with lots of carbonation seen rising, white head dissipates with a lumpy looking leftover carbonated look, lacing is ringy and spotty

S: malty and yeasty/bready, slightly sweet and nutty

T: malts come back fairly strong, but not sweet, balanced with decent bitterness

M: light, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish

O: its not one of the greatest beers out there, but I`ll probably come back to it just to re-review

Photo of unclepedro
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. If I had to have my fridge stocked with ONE kind of beer forever, this would be on the short list. It would also be on my short list for introducing newcomers to good beer. (And the Anchor Steam story is good for that, too.)

Why do I like it so much? I'm not sure... it's kind of a "sleeper beer" ... it's not exciting or especially bold, but the flavor profile, mouthfeel, and whole experience is so enjoyable and satisfying I am never disappointed.

The big thing for me is the taste. There's something so wonderfully balanced about Anchor Steam. It's malty, toasty, caramelly, with these flavors that are reminiscent of a darker beer, but it also has these brighter citrusey and fruity characteristics that poke out now and again. Those notes mostly just brighten up the flavor, but every once and a while it grabs you in a different way. It's well carbonated, not in an aggressive way, but in a way that makes your mouth happy.

It's just one of the best all-around beers, period.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,237 ratings.