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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

5,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 155
Gots: 640 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal-clear amber into a chalice; thin cream colored head ... bubbles rising like a champagne pour.

S - Oh man, wonderful, rich, sweet malt and caramel aromas!

T - Delicious bready malt flavors abound; smooth, faint sweetish malt finish. I was expecting a sweeter malt taste, to follow the caramel nose. But, this was a combination of some bitter and sweet notes; more roasted malt flavor.

M - Creamy effervescence.

D - This may be the perfect session brew; a terrific blend of malt flavors ... some dry, some sweet. Superbly crafted brew.

Photo of mikeg67
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Amber hue with a small, short lived head. Aroma is sweet malt, ripe fruit with some nice hops presence. Medium body with piny hops fill the mouth with nice balance of fruit and biscuit malt. Long, dry, hoppy finish. Very interesting brew

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Very Boston Lager-like appearance: clear light red-amber color with two fingers of fluffy slightly off-white head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Light caramel malty aroma with light floral hoppy notes.

Taste: Bready and caramel front end and middle. The back end finishes up with some piney hops and a little bit of orange twang. Interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable and refreshing. Not too filling.

Final Notes: One of the best session beers you could have. Low in alcohol, very drinkable, and tastes great.

Photo of paxkey
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a perfect session beer. or great just having only one.

amber color with decent head and lacing.
fresh balance of aromas between hops and malt.
tastes great and keeps you coming back for more.
love the bottle. love the story behind the beer and its eccentric ceo fritz maytag from the washing machine empire.

this beer speaks volumes before even trying it and then lives up to the expectations. yummy drinkable beer

Photo of herman77
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium orange/amber with a nice off white head with good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Light toasted carmel malt, light whiffs of earthy floral hops. A bit of lager yeast.

T: Nice and malty at first. Light toasted carmel malt. Next comes some mildly bitter hops that are slightly spicy and a bit of citrus lemon zest. Finishes a bit malty and a bit hoppy. Clean.

M: Lighter body, a bit thin. Higher carbonation that is pretty active.

D: Good drinkability. Lower ABV, good flavor and balance.

Photo of jman42
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Average white head with good lacing evident

S = Nice malty aroma - less on the hops

T = Nice taste. Again more of a malty taste than hoppy

M = Nice creamy texture, average carbonation

D = Nice drinking beer. I could put a few of these away watching football, working outside, etc

Photo of RossCain
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass:

A: Inviting Amber/golden color with a small eggshell white head. The head vanished rather quickly and left behind a small amount of lacing

S: Had the aroma of sweet, bready malts with a small kick of floral hops.

T: A tiny amount of floral hops leapt out initially upon drinking. These were quickly followed by sweet, creamy malts and a lightly pronounced taste of crisp champagne towards the finish. Very unique upon the palate.

M: Lightly carbonated with a light mouth-feel which surprisingly retained a smooth and crisp finish. The finish alone kept beckoning me to drink more and more.

D: All around a very solid beer. Unique yet familiar, Anchor Steam possess a nicely balanced kick of floral hops of sweet malts which don't overpower the palate. I could easily knock down a couple of these back to back during a night with friends. Solid, not stellar, but definitely recommended as a uniquely drinkable American classic.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor steam is a ol' standby, right up there with Sierra Pale Ale, Brooklyn Lager, HopDevil, etc... Like all Anchor beers, it is carefully brewed with great balance. Nice lacing in the glass, good use of pale malts and mild hop flavor. My default beer at Phils games.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance; deep brownish yellow and clear with a quality, stiff, yellow-white head, dissipates slowly leaving lots of chunky lace.

smell; sweet malts and herbal hop spice

taste; mildly sweet at first, changing to a very herbal hop bitterness. Finishes strongly with grainy malt sweetness. The bitterness keeps the sweetness from being to intense, similar to raw bread dough.

mouthfeel; watery with poor carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp.

drinkability; easy enough to drink but it sits uncomfortable in my stomach and I don't feel like having another.

Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Town Hall Tap. Poured into a pint glass a clear copper color with a slight 1 finger head of white. Very clean aroma with minimal notes of malt and grain. Slight cereal notes. Very clean flavor as well. Very easy drinking. Slight sweet start that last throughout. Minimal bitterness.

Photo of rjplumer
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice deep amber color That starts with a nice foamy head about one fingers worth. Has a little or no aroma that I could detect. It does have bitter beginning but then finishes smooth. Judging from Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, which I really like a lot, I was a bit let down by this one. It's still pretty good and I would never turn one away.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden / bronze. Nice lasting offwhite head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, hops. Taste is hops. sweet malty caramel. Palate is medium body, smooth and creamy, nice carbonation. Finishes sweet malt and caramel balanced by slightly bitter hops. Goes down smooth and easy. A very good and tasty brew.

Photo of masey222
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Amber orange with a very thick orangey off white head and a really nice lace....
Kind of a roasted fruity rich smell with some grassy hop...
The taste initially is fresh crisp and fruity then goes into a very floral hop that wasn't bitter really but was strong and floral and dry ...

...Over all a good sipping beer but defiantly not something I would pick first, but there really wasn't much wrong with it, just not my personal favorite.

Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep yellow with a reddish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a thick foamy head with great retention. Pale malt and fruity aromas, apple and pear, with hints of hops and grass. Medium bodied and smooth with refreshing carbonation. Also has a dry feel that starts early and lasts through the finish. Sweet malty flavors combined with ripe apple and pear flavors and a lightly bitter dry finish.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a brassy amber with high clarity and two fingers of stiff beige had. Looks inviting.

Smell -- Pale malt, hint of sliced plum, grassy and earthy hops.

Taste -- Clean malt, bready with a dab of sweetness. Grassy and earthy hops in balance. Mild hop bitterness. Finish is slightly bitter, grassy, and drying.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample carbonation.

Drinkability -- Overall, quite pleasant. Clean, balanced, immensely drinkable. While not a true session beer, this one can This is the kind of beer that everybody can appreciate, craft lover or no.

Photo of arboristfish
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a copper color with fizzy frothy white head. The smell is of hops and malt. It smells like a lager with some ale characteristics. The taste is sweet, almost grassy like, with hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is light, and I would consider this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer received from liamt07 in september 2010. Cheers!

Color is copper, clear. Slightly effervescent. Nice foamy head on top. Looks creamy. Aroma is malty with a light touch of hops in the background. First sip, I get my first impression which is smooth. Light fruits with some malts in there too. The bitterness is light, however it lingers in the mouth even though it is not very strong.

Medium body. A nice session beer. Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of Derranged
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice pretty amber color.

S- Not too much of a smell, but a little grainy, slight metalic, a little bit of red wine.

T- Complex flavor. Above all, malt dominated, along with some hops, bitterness, some apples, slight citrus. It tasted kind of like a combination of an Amber ale and English Pale Ale.

M- Thick and carbonated.

D- Easy to drink.

Not sure what all the fuss about this beer is.

Photo of Vito
1.92/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Anchor Steam. I thought I'd give it a try, because I overheard a few people talking about it during a recent visit to San Francisco. Here goes:

Appearance: It has a unique look. It pours a burnt-orange color that glows like the fluid in a lava lamp. Thin head that looks like the foam on a glass of iced tea.

Smell: I really couldn't smell anything at all.

Taste: I don't like the taste. Bitter, sour, acidic.

Mouthfeel: Average. Low carbonation, but still sort of crisp.

Drinkability: Nope.

For me, Anchor Steam is custom-made for the kind of beer drinker who orders one beer, takes a few sips, and talks about how great it is instead of actually finishing the bottle and ordering another. I can't understand why this beer gets such high ratings. I guess it's one of those "Emperor's New Clothes" things.

Tastes bad, overpriced, no big f***in' deal.

Photo of Dodt
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up on my first trip to a york six pack store
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance copper colored with a nice head
smell a bit of sweet smell of apples
taste bitter hops and a bit of citrus
mouth feel smooth with lite carbination

Photo of Chincino
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had anchor steam on-tap at a few places in San Francisco as well as in bottles. It was a clear amber color with not a lot of carbonation. It was light-medium bodied. Distinct taste and good drinkability. I can see why it's a popular beer on the west coast.

Photo of cuttsjp
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color with nice clarity and beautiful, visible bubbles sparkling through. Small but persistent white head. Some lacing. Overall very pretty. Not all that different from a nice IPA.

Aroma: Sweetness in the aroma, with the fruitiness of raisins up front. A little bit tropical pineapple as well. Very west coast. A little grassiness from the hops but overall lots of malt character.

Flavor: A nice toasty malt background with some cereal graininess and a little hint of sweetness. Definite detectable Germanic lager character. Great west coast hop flavor, nice and floral but also a bit spicy and citrusy...definitely Northern Brewer hops. This beer is at once totally California and totally Germany, if that makes any sense. Completely balanced and totally satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Crisp like an IPA but with a lager finish.

Overall: Drinking this beer is always a pleasure. It is very balanced and very drinkable, with enough complexity to stand out over other "drinkable" beers. The fact that it is a lager but is fermented at ale temps and aged/conditioned in interesting ways definitely adds to the complexity. This is one of the few American styles of beer that doesn't just shove a mouthful of hops down your throat. That can be enjoyable, and there is a time and a place for it, but Anchor Steam is a very balanced beer that could stand up to any type of food and be enjoyed any time of year.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

only one still in existence...although not hard to find at all....i can get a sixer for $8.59.

solid copper color with not much head retention.

smells like a lager...i know this beer is fermented at ale temps but this is still very much a lager beer, but it does have an ever so slight fruitiness.

tastes like a lager with mild fruitiness....a decent caramel flavor with a slight bitterness

on the dry side, with limited lacing

i can throw these back like any good session beer

Photo of AlexLMS
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: almost hazy with a light coppery-orange colour. Head: slightly off-white, moussy and moderate to low. Good retention but no lacings.
Aroma: very nice aroma of malts, grains, a little caramel and fruits.
Taste: bitter herbal hops, grains and fruits, mainly citrus.
Mouthfeel: smooth, moderate carbonation, low alcoholic strength and medium to light body.
Finish: bitter finish that last for a long good time.

Overall: very good, well balanced and complex beer. I was impressed by the aroma that filled the room while the beer was being poured. My first Anchor and I really enjoy it. Shame it is so hard to find in Portugal.

Photo of dgilks
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Robust bready malt aroma with some melanoidins. A hint of spicy hop. Interesting.

Clear copper colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Good head retention.

Very malty running a good line between sweet and dry. Mildly bitter but overall an easy drinking beer.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite full in feel.

Tasty and worth a try. I'd like to try a fresher example toget more hop character.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,194 ratings.