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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

5,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,234
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 681 | 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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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.

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12 oz bottle into wine glass.

A: Golden orange, pretty clear, one finger white head that dissipates in a few minutes, small lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramelly, some citrus hops. Nose is very subtle overall.

T: mild bitterness, pretty well-balanced with fine malt backbone.

M: Crisp, refreshing, small bubble carbonation. Pretty good.

O: pretty good above average lighter ale, not overly complex and thus very approachable. Would recommend.

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A: Pours a murky copper color, with a large, sexy four-finger off-white head that fades away at a moderate pace.

S: Mostly earthy aromatic hops, but also features a small bready scent, as well.

T: The opening is malty, biscuity, and almost sweet, while it finishes with a decent hit of grassy, floral hops. Flavorful and refreshing, but I imagine it would be better suited to the summer months.

M: Finishes very wet, and has moderately high carbonation overall. Nice smoothness, too.

O: This is pretty damn good, and like many of the well-known craft beers (SN Pale Ale, SA Boston Lager), has a good degree of versatility, as well. On the other hand, it's not my favorite, and truth be told, I think I prefer Flying Dog Old Scratch (if we're staying in the not-too-well represented style of the California Common) overall.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,234 ratings.