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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,877 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,877
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 408 | 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 foobeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a clean copper color with a 1in thin, white head. The head slowly dissipated leaving a nice thin lacing throughout. The taste has a good level of carbonation and a malt flavor with some apple fruity flavors. I was not a huge fan of the lingering aftertaste which made it become a little tedious to drink towards the end.

I have no other experiences with Steam / California Common style beers, so my preferences may just be not geared towards the style rather than the Anchor Steam itself.

foobeer, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the multiple bottles brought to a Westy flight tasting.

A- Low carbonation, tad bit of snowy white froth, and a body that looks like apple juice filtered through cheese cloth.

S- Caramel and bread malts, apples, citrus, barley, maybe oranges.

T- Bitter bitter hops open up heavily. Barley comes through to meld with the faint malt character. I did find the apples here along with a clean citrus finish. Absolutely no alcohol presence ( obviously ).

M- Smooth going around and down. I wouldn't call it watery, but it wasn't full either. Carbonation was a minimal player and this was beneficial in my mind.

D- I would definitely drink this beer again. It would appear to be a go to beer without a doubt. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Khazadum, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of jikvig
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a golden colour with a low foam.

On the nose there is a slight maltdominated aroma, with a funky smell with bread and salt meat.

For the taste it`s rich with a mild bitternes, a hint of burnt malt but more towards caramelle malt. Yummy!

A new style of beer for me, hope I will drink many more!

jikvig, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of culver501
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-medium amber color, fair amount of carbonation, head doesn't linger

S-sweet, malty, yeasty, musty

T-crisp, fizzy at first. A quick piny hop note, then balancing to a nice malt flavor. Sort of an earthy, grassy tone that stays between sips (a fainter version of the harsh vegetal aftertaste we encountered in our first homebrew attempt, an attempt at a common.

M-Clean

D-Very drinkable, this is one of my early favorites when I started drinking beer. It's not knocking my socks off now and I fear I've moved to more extreme styles leaving this solid winner behind. Definitely a beer I'd recommend to someone who doesn't normally think about good beer. Very accessible

culver501, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Figured it was time I tried this historic brew!

A - Nice clear amber/copper with a fluffy white two finger head that slowly disolved into nice healthy lacing.

S - Nice malts and just a bit of sweetness.

T - Lil malty, lil citrusy. Very nice and refreshing. Finish is nice and dry too. Really good.

M - Really solid carbonation and a great crispness.

D - Just great. The original steam beer sets the bar so dang high with this style nothing else really compairs. Wish a 6 pack was a bit cheaper than $10 so I could drink this all night long.

rudzud, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of RPFinn
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean, clear amber with steady carbonation and a nice, even, off-white head.

S: Kind of lacking.. a mild malt sweetness with the faintest trace of hops... if you work for it.

T: Very smooth and refreshing. Crisp and clean. Sweetness on the front, balanced by a sublt hop bite at the end.

F: Excellent

D: Overall and excellent beer. In a word: BALANCE.

RPFinn, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here we have a successful, unique brew. The fat bottle, the cute anchor and distinctive bottlecap, and amber look are all plusses. The extremely easy drink that still manages to hit you with spice and remind you that you're sipping a finely crafted beer not some alcoholic water. Multiple bottles don't numb the tongue to the wild work going on underneath here, but still the abv should be higher. Ahoy, steam boys!

sellmeagod, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of SteelKettle
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pick up a six pack from the local store enjoyed in a pint glass.

A. golden amber color with nice head which went away pretty quickly

S. smells of roasted malts very slight

T. clean smooth aftertaste

M. full smooth crisp

D. easy drinking with a clean feel

enjoyed this beer wish he had a little more smell to it.

SteelKettle, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of galengueuze
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, good old Anchor Steam. When I first put down my watered down sissy beers and started moving into craft brewed beers, this was the first one I tried. It is a tribute to a time where craft brewing was just starting.

From the open to the poor, Anchor Steam has a good amber, copper color with a nice, creamy head. The hops are the shining jewel in this beer. With those good old Cascade hops you get that beautiful bouquet and that subtle, almost hidden in the background citrus bite. You try a sip and once you appreciate the complex, mellow goodness in your glass and you want more.

Anchor Steam as I have been told, holds the patent on the Steam name, meaning all other beers of this style must go by the "California Common" label. The owner of Anchor, Fritz Maytag, is a legend in the brewing world and this beer stands as a "gateway" for many craft beer drinkers and will so for many years.

galengueuze, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber clear color, Nice lacing and fluffy head. Very appealing.

Strong hop scent, slight maltiness.

Great Hop bite, more bitter than you'd think. Fresh hop oiliness, pine, and malt. Some grape fruit spice, bready dry crisp finish.

Nice light mouthfeel, very drinkable.

One of my fallback beers. I wish it was available in more places around me. I'd love to try it on tap! Great beer!

jhammel01, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of johnwarne
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"An old standby beer,
Easy to drink and to own.
Anchors away, friends!"

Many years ago--prior to being introduced to Belgians, Brooklyns, Dogfish, and multiple other offerings I had this beer at the top of my list. Having not had one in nearly a decade, my revisit brought back good memories but provided clarity about my changing tastes. Bottom line--very drinkable and enjoyable beer, without pretense, but not nearly as tasty as many of its peers in this $10/six pack price range.

Cheers!

johnwarne, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Kallessin
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear deep amber with full foamy cream colored head with no bubbles. The foam slowly settles leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Has an aroma of herbal/grassy hops with some sweet biscuity malt and very light fruity aromas.

Very mild flavors - dry bready/biscuity malt with mild hop bitterness and hints of caramel. Very enjoyable.

It's dry, crisp with very smooth moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

A very easy drinking, mildy bitter beer. Nice smooth mellow flavors making a great session beer. It's nothing fancy, just a good honest, flavorful beer and the smooth carbonation really makes it for.

Kallessin, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: there was a big sweet caramel malt aroma along with various grains very slight citrus, and hints of wheat as well.

T: like the nose the sweet caramel malt was also dominate on the palate but the grains meshed really well with the malts and did add some depth. As far as the citrus it was very mild but did add a little bitterness along side the hops that were very faint.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet malt crisp and creamy finish.

D: it drank very good and went well with cajun calamari and some cajun gumbo; pretty decent.

Gobzilla, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of uhhhaaron
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed 04-19-2010, 12oz bottle into pint glass

poured a dark orange/amber color. decent 2 finger powdery head...slowly goes down but looks nice..carbonation is visible..

smells close to an amber lager...sweet malt up front..light to medium hop presence..has kind of an ocean vibe to it to me..very earthy as well...lots going on here..salt water taffy??

first sip im hit with a big but not overpowering hop presence..it quickly mellows out for other flavors to come in...salt water, bubble gum, sweetness from the malt, lemon zest, almost minty, some sort of sugar sweetness i cant yet detect, a lot going on, very complex and unique.. leaves a hoppy feeling in your mouth but not offensive, it flows so great in your mouth...also some toasty notes.
mouthfeel has i'd say a medium carbonation but it feels right..semi dry finish...

this stuff is very drinkable and sessionable as well..

a classic!

uhhhaaron, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of pauljmccain
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz bottle into pint glass

A: Copper with a finger of slightly offwhite head

S: Quite bitter smell, very hoppy, though offset by a nice level of malts and a bit of fruit.

T: Again, the distinct hops dominate. Floral aftertaste. A bit bready but still fairly light.

M: Medium carbonation. Good, but I didn't think it was too amazing as others state.

D: Great for a specialty beer. Would go well with or without food, any time of day.

pauljmccain, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear copper, massive thick head, retention great and lots of lace.

S - Nose is both a little sharp and sweet.

T - Nice caramel center, bitter at both ends.

M - Somewhat creamy, nice carbonation, coating and balance.

D - With this balance of flavor and low ABV, very easy to drink.

srandycarter, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of foogerd
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured a light clear copper with a thick rich bubbly head
S- sweet and malty almost a quietly subdued hop aroma
T- sweet bready malts together with really light pleasant fruit notes, a slight bitterness to the taste nothing offsetting, a pleasant taste although nothing exceptional.
M- carbonation was done nicely here decently thick
D- easily drinkable can go through many of these not saying ill do it again though
I only bought this to try a steam beer cant say ill buy it again its a solid brew really no flaws to it but its really nothing to seek out.

foogerd, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head that fades quickly and left no lacing.

S-Sweet malt, with hints of floral and citrus hops.

T-Follows the nose with a slightly sweet maltiness and hints of hops.

M-Light body, crisp carb bite, clean finish.

D-Drinks easily enough. A good lawnmower beer.

Lerxst, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of claybeer
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam has a clean copper yellow. A thick head tops off this beer. It's golden off white color laces the glass. Not much of a nose? This disappointing considering it's great appearance. It has some bitterness but all-in-all a very light beer. There is no after taste either. This is the most drinkable beer I have had from the Anchor Brewing Company, but it lacks in something to make it stand out against other beers.

claybeer, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of nova009
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A- pours a nice golden brown, a fluffy one finger head is produced and retains well

S- malty and fruity, some floral notes are also present

T- sweet and fruity, the fruitiness fades into an almost nutty flavor accompanied by slight hoppy notes, pretty nice combination of flavors

M- nice medium body, good balance of carbonation, smooth but coats the palate nicely

D- fairly easy to drink and has lots of flavor, I'm really surprised, the first anchor I had really turned me off but this one is definitely a winner

nova009, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of uustal
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-amber with a bright white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet malt and caramel. A very bready, sweet malt starts the beer off. Hints of honey and caramel as well. Toastyness too. Finishes with a minor rush of citrus hops and some more faint sweetness. Nothing big about the flavor. Very light bodied and highly carbonated.

uustal, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pint of this guy was actually quite pretty, with a dark amber color and nice layer of froth hanging out on top. The smell coming out was nothing special, just a vague hop/malt odor that didn't promise too much.

The taste is interesting. For one, I really like the hops in this beer. Not floral or piney, more just a mild bitterness that usually offsets the rest of the beer well. The problem though is the rest of the beer. There's a cloying sweetness that is balanced only on random sips by the hops. Also, and I don't know if they use adjuncts or not, but I also would occasionally pick up a kind of nasty corn flavor. Thankfully not on every sip!

Decent mouthfeel with medium body and good carbonation. Ok drinkability, but the sweetness got to me after a while. Perhaps bottles are better?

Chizoad, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear mild-caramel amber color under a foamy off white head.

S: A great even balance of malt, yeast, and hops as far as I could tell. A significant smokey note.

M/T: Moderately bitter crisp feel upfront with a solidly carbonated, metallic noted center. A dry resinous "smoked" caramel follow through.

D: Great palate cleansing scrubbing power due to a generous carbonation proved a great partner to a fully loaded mushroom cheeseburger.

albertjr21, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Plano Gingerman.

The beer pours and orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops with some grapes and caramel malt. The flavor is toffee, grassy hops, grain and some metallic notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good for the style, but this is a style I am not much of a fan of.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of mrgrinch
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful clear glowing orange color. Rapid carbonation and thick frothy, long-lasting head.

Smell - Smells like sugar cookies. Or sweet biscuits. No...shortbread. That's it!

Taste - Wonderful taste. I don't know if it is malty, or bready? A tiny hop finish that is tangy but not unpleasant. There seems to be a good balance. The hop finish has grown on me by the time I finish this beer. I love it!

Mouthfeel - Delightful to sip through the foam. Smooth front to back. Creamy. This is really a pleasant drink. The head lasted throughout the beer and it was really nice.

Drinkability - This beer has a great texture, and great body. There is enough flavor to keep it from being boring. In fact, the finish leaves a taste in your mouth that reminds you that you just consumed a masterpiece. I am not sure what characterizes this style of beer and distinguishes it from other styles. I do know that it is really a great beer!

mrgrinch, Aug 03, 2010
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,877 ratings.