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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,633 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,633
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 333 | 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.

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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Anchor Steam pours a bright copper color. Nice lacing and pretty good retention.

Smells of pale malts, a bit of sweetness, faint spicy hops and caramel.

A good crisp, clean beer. Tastes of fruits, hop bitterness and lightly roasted malts. Another great beer from Anchor.

06-04-2008 05:00:15 | More by irishkyle21
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. This beer pours a deep reddish amber with a big 2 inch head that melted into a thin layer on the surface of the beer. Anchor Steam also left just a slight lacing down the sides of the glass. On first aroma, roasted malts and caramel come out. Then hints of biscuits and just a smidge of hops come out in the finish. The taste is toffee up front with slight notes of roasted coffee beans and the finish is just a slight hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is interesting. Its really carbonated, but has a very clean and dry finish. This is a great session beer when you want something a little fuller than things that are fizzy and yellow.

06-04-2008 04:04:36 | More by hwwty4
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz bottle from the lcbo.

Shining copper body. What I really like about the appearance is the wonderful head, which looks imperceptibly smooth, and is reminiscent of the fine foam on top of a cappuccino. It just screams steamed to me. Good retention and excellent lacing round things off. Crisp earthy aroma with light caramel notes. Nice astringent bitterness doesn't overwhelm the flavour, but compliments the earthiness and metallic hints very well. A very interesting blend of lager and ale characteristics. The flavour doesn't overwhelm the senses, but this helps to give it superb drinkability and decent body.

There's something about Anchor Steam that makes me view it as the working man's craft beer. Its certainly the type of drink I want on hand after a hard day, because its clean, refreshing and unchallenging. The flavours will certainly not blow people away, but its the kind of sessionable beer I think we need a lot more of.

06-02-2008 01:28:47 | More by bobsy
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HardcoreKeith

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

One of my birthday presents was a six pack of Anchor Steam. Awesome present. Take note.

12 oz adorable stubby bottle into Sam Adams glass.

I don't really feel like talking about the individual qualities of this beer. It's a delicious beer of an authentic original American style. It's hoppy and satisfying, yet light and thirst quenching. Spicy and a little fruity, yet also clean and crisp. A classic, and something I can drink almost all the time. If you're reading this and haven't tried it yet, do it!

06-01-2008 22:52:30 | More by HardcoreKeith
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Somewhat muted coppery color. Always a decent head on top. Nice, moderate amount of hop aroma. Has that certain "bite" to it. Crisp flavor with a good bit of hop bitterness. Some residual malty sweetness. Great body-very full. The full flavor somewhat lends itself to the body. Very drinkable and always enjoyable. One of the first craft beers I ever got into. Get it fresh. I have had some that has been laying around and it isnt pretty. American classic for sure.

05-31-2008 23:13:36 | More by lackenhauser
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a light copper with a small head that settles to a thin lace.

Aroma is of grains,fruits/citrus notes and caramel malts.
The taste is of malts,caramel,fruits,hops and bitter-sweet notes.
The overall feel is dry finish with a lemon/fruit aftertaste.

Notes: It's late and I have had enough of this beer to let you know that it is not only above average,but well worth the time and money. A session beer and a delight on any day regardless of the temperature. So well balanced and nice bitter finish that goes so well with the caramel notes. Go out and try one.

05-31-2008 03:22:49 | More by Lexluthor33
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avaulteriam

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -35.8%

Certainly not my style at all. Smells of some sweetness and soap? Very malty with weird lager-esque taste predominant. Similar to Kolsch styles. Contrary to some, I didn't think immediately of an ale. Definitely not the smoothest or most likable in my opinion

05-29-2008 22:46:16 | More by avaulteriam
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1%

Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that dissipates immediately.
Nice hop smell. Hints of nice caramel malts.
Taste has a very nice balance. Good roasted malt and also dry hops.
Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is great on this beer. The balance between the malts and hops is almost perfect and the smooth mouthfeel makes it go right down.

05-25-2008 23:01:34 | More by BDIMike
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

355ml bottle
4.9% ABV

I tried this beer on May 23, 2008 at "The Beer Bistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent medium reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma was citrusy hops, and some sweetish malt. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and well carbonated. The flavour was very hoppy, leaving a bitterness on the tongue, as well as a little sour apple taste.

05-24-2008 21:48:47 | More by cyrenaica
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Served in a small nonic glass, around 10 celcius.

Pours a gorgeous deep medium cooper, a generous head that retires down to a thin film that keeps around for a good while. Very little lacing, but the glass was not rinsed so this may be why there was no lacing.

Aroma of english crital malts and herbal hops, a little esters and a very slight note of sulfur. Flavor is of deep doughy and biscuity malt and tightly bittering high alfa-acid hop.

Interesting and flavorful.

05-24-2008 04:28:29 | More by bloberglawp
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

My first taste of this iconic brew from the legend that is Fitz Maytag and Anchor Brewery.

Pours a beautiful amber fluffy white head quickly diminishes. Slight lacing left.

Smell is sweet and slight citric. Smells like our basic american lager only better.

Taste of malt and lemon initially. Slight hops and spice break through.

Mouth feel is light and crisp. Carbonation is slightly lively and refreshing.

Very drinkable. Crisp clean and has some level of dimension to it.

This is your average American lager, only it does everything better than your average american lager.

05-24-2008 01:04:57 | More by kzoobrew
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper with large 2-3 finger head that lasted quite a while. Fell to decent white cap and had solid lacing.

S - Great nose on this one. Sweet, caramel/vanilla malt aroma with some fruit behind it, something like peach or golden apples. No hop presence which is surprising...

T - The semi-sweet malt starts off, but degenerates into a bland sourness. Earthy/floral hop character briefly kicks in late palate leading to a dry and mineral-like bitterness. Not a huge fan of the taste, but the malt works really well and I feel the hops ruin the taste.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The beer has a sort of silkiness.

D - I might have a few of these, but the only memorable aspect of this beer is it's aroma. The taste isn't all that interesting, and for the price I definitely wouldn't choose this as a session beer; it's not *that* good.

05-21-2008 04:30:57 | More by PatrickJR
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, rich copper under a small creamy white head. Great retention, creamy through out with really nice lace. A perfect looking lager.

S: Smells of sweet malt and caramel. A little fruity.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel, some citrus hops mixed in but not a whole lot of bitterness. Toasted malt there too, slightly drying.

M/D: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Easy to go down. Very nice beer, much better then I remembered it. Glad I picked it up again.

05-12-2008 23:03:46 | More by NCSUdo
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1%

A- Deep clear golden color, one finger head.

S- Spicy hop aroma with hints of light caramel malts.

T- Grainy leading to roasted malt in the middle with light notes of fruityness and a pleasant dry hop finish.

M- Smooth, decent carbonation.

D- Not quite as drinkable as most "light" beers, but enjoyable nevertheless.

You just gotta give it up for the true American beer!

05-12-2008 22:36:26 | More by Pauly2X
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BeenJammin

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Pours clear amber with a nice sized head and moderate carbonation

S - Malty, fruity aroma

T - A rich, hearty beer with a nice tart, citrusy hop kick.

M - Very smooth and medium-bodied

D - I could consume this beer for countless sessions

A classic micro that is a good place to start for a newbie like myself.

05-11-2008 00:12:33 | More by BeenJammin
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friesfox5

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

A- Light red brown, mild to medium head, good lacing.
S- Malty, mild fruitiness, hoppy, earthy.
M- Slightly thin, perfect carbonation. Makes you want another one.
T- Nice hop bitterness from start to finish but not overpowering.
D- Very unique GREAT tasting beer. Isn't like many other brews. Really stands out and is a joy to drink.

I will come back to this from time to time because it is so good and so unique.

05-08-2008 21:17:17 | More by friesfox5
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everetends

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Got this in couple of cases a bar was getting rid of because the beer wasn't selling. Poured from a bottle into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a yellowish amber with a good amount of head. Nice presentation.

S: Malt with accents of fruit (can't tell if it is just floral hops or just plain fruit). No overwhelming typical hops smell.

T: Hops come across with grain and malt. Nice balance. Very clean and earthy.

M: Clean and crisp.

D: Easy to drink any time of year. Very tasty and worth drinking.

05-07-2008 23:21:37 | More by everetends
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jayrod20

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%

Slightly cloudy, dark amber out of a stubby. A finger of head that dissipated in a flash. Smelled of subtle hops and a sweet malt -- think Pilsner at a bakery. Rotund sweet taste -- chewy and thick. Finished with a very bitter, lip-smacking citrus bite. A bit dry for my taste, and the flavors lingered about a second longer than the head.

05-06-2008 02:52:52 | More by jayrod20
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rye726

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

A nice looking copper color with a tan head. Nice candy malts and some faint hops. Taste has soem good citrus hops up front with a malty finish. Nothing special, but good for the style. Nice crisp medium body creates a nice palate. A drinkable beer, but a bit over priced out here in Colorado. I'm sure its more reasonable back in Cali. Nice job Anchor.

05-05-2008 18:46:33 | More by rye726
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -15%

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle with the big blue anchor on it. It pours a golden amber with a lacey thick head.

Aromas: Big malt aroma real sweet. Light hop nose along with slight fuit notes.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel a decent amount of sweetness from the malts yet slightly hoppy. The hops taste like saaz hops but I could be wrong.

Notes: This is quite a unique style nicely drinkable as well.Cheers

05-04-2008 01:39:02 | More by horshack7
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Freshness code: 8JC. Served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic.

Appearance- An absolutely stunning beer on the eyes. Even on an easy pour, this one billows from its deep orange base and showcases as beautiful and wondrous of a head as Saison DuPont or even the greatest of Belgian Tripels. More than four fingers of soft, foamy suds adorn the glass, leaving behind sheets of sticky IPA-like lacing. Excellence in appearance.

Smell- Soft, slightly metallic hops and an old-fashioned malt nose... I can't really describe it any other way... this smells like 100 years of brewing history and integrity. Raw grains and pure ingredients abound... I've never taken a whiff of the inside of a brewing vessel, but this would be my take on it. As the beer comes to temperature, a bread-in-the-oven scent fills the nostrils.

Taste- First and foremost, the taste is grainy and clean, not complex but very distinctive. A husky, raw, earthy character is quite present, stripping this beer down to the core. Unique and like nothing I've tasted before.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth and easy, this is an effortless beer from the lips to the gullet. Its raw character, leaning more on the grains and malts than hops, positions this as a stellar food beer that would pair well with steak, chicken, or even vegetarian dishes.

04-29-2008 03:25:47 | More by yelterdow
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Larrytown

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1%

Despite its availability, I hadn't gotten around to trying Anchor Steam before. We start off with a small head which fades quickly, but leaves some decent lacing. Nice coppery gold color. There's nothing especially striking about the nose; there are some floral scents, increasing as we near the bottom of the glass.

In the mouth, it's a bit thicker than I was expecting which is a nice surprise. This beer is very nicely balanced as the taste on the tongue alternates between the hops and the malt. There's a definite bitter note, but the taste really grew on me by the bottom of the glass.

I'll probably look elsewhere for a drink when the warm weather hits, but this strikes me as a pretty great springtime beer; it's got some hints of summer but enough body to fight through the last throes of winter.

04-27-2008 01:31:25 | More by Larrytown
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8%

A- The appearance is a red/amber color with a 1 finger head that disappears pretty quickly. Fairly good amount of lacing too.
S-A pretty low-key scent. Kinda smells like bread.
T- The taste is similar, reminiscent of bread crust. It tastes really good, but it left a bit of an odd aftertaste, especially when it got a bit warmer.
M- Mouthfeel is what should be expected. Fairly strong carbonation, but not overly aggressive. Overall it is light weight.
O-Overall, I actually liked this beer quite a bit. Maybe didn't live up to a lot of the hype I heard, but still enjoyable.

04-27-2008 01:28:56 | More by jsprain1
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BeanBone

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +14%

Appearance: Clear orange/amber body with a huge and off-white craggy head that leaves decent lacing

Aroma: Caramel and toasted malt ride atop more subtle hops and lemon notes

Taste: Quite bitter up front with rich toasted malt, caramel, banana, and citrus right behind - this is a full-bodied beer

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a good amount of carbonation, leaves a nice grain-like aftertaste

Drinkability: While you can't doubt the boldness of this beer, it's still wonderfully sessionable

Verdict: This beer easily earns its status as an absolute legend by being both crucial to the revival of American beer and downright delicious. We owe this beer a lot, buy some and enjoy a few pints of your history.

04-25-2008 18:13:33 | More by BeanBone
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DrainBamage

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -6%

Pours a dark copper color with a nice lace a head. The smell has many of aromas of adjuncts, but also slightly fruity. Goes down pretty smooth and leaves a little bitter aftertaste. Taste is very malty, but bitter with a hint of apple fruitiness. Overall this is a decent beer. Not bad to have once in a while.

04-23-2008 03:05:50 | More by DrainBamage
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,633 ratings.