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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,507 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,507
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 120
Gots: 279 | 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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a medium dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and a little bit of spice, fruit and hops.

T: The taste is fruity, spicy and malty, with flavors of caramel & citrus. A strong but complimentary hops presence comes in quickly and provides a very good balance without being over-powering. Once the hops flavor fades a bit, there’s a nice bready taste that remains with a mild sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, this is good beer to stick with for an evening if you want something a lot of substance that isn’t going try to knock you over. I liked this beer and thought it was very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:54:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
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williamherbert

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent hazy dark orange look. Shows a nice head that takes its time going away. The light seems to hit it juuust right. No lace.

Gives off a well-balanced pub ale smell. Has a great combination of the dry English malt and some flowery hops. Also has that trademarked smoky (steamy) aroma, like a BBQed beer.

The flavor is of a terrifically balanced pub ale taste, matching the parallel smells listed above. It does have an additional roasted malt, and more of that smokyness. Biscuity but has a *tiny* bitter finish.

It's slightly thick-feeling but smooth. No bite whatsoever, and thicker than you would think. It's a substantial ale but with a flowery -- and smoky -- depth. Very very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 04:33:45 | More by williamherbert
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choyhosoi

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After reading various reviews about this beer I decided to try this brew. I must agree with the majority this is a good beer. It has a little bit of an aftertaste after awhile but nothing to make me not want to not buy another one. The color is amber and the smell was citrus like.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:37:27 | More by choyhosoi
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bi-Rite in Casper.

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber gold with a nice medium sized head of foam that sticks around for the entire session and it has good lacing.

The smell is pretty delicate but I get some hop bitterness and some roasted malt.

The taste is very good and flavourful. Roasted malt and grain that's semi sweet hits me first and then some caramel malt provides some sweetness and that's backed up by a good hop profile that adds some nice bitterness. It has a very good mouthfeel and has medium carbonation. The finish is all nice and bitter and it leaves a short but pleasing aftertaste. This is a *very* solid brew that I need to visit more often. I heartily recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 15:21:56 | More by Bitterbill
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber colour with a inch or so of head. Small lacing left right down the glass.
Smell is predominately caramel malt with some herbal aromas floating around in there too.
Sweet caramel malts come through again in the taste as well as some grassy flavours.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Biscuity aftertaste.
Quite a nice balanced beer that I would drink a lot of. Unfortunately it is sporadically available here and pretty bloody pricey ($5.95-7.99AUS) Otherwise it's be a 4 at least in the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 11:02:30 | More by brendan13
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn this is a solid brew. Everything about this beer is good.

Poured a bomber (odd shape for a bomber) into a large pilsner glass.

Appearance - Transparent gold and copper with a 2 finger head. Good looking brew.

Smell - Floral-y citrus, with caramel and toasted malt.

Taste - Complex. Bitter from the get-go. Yum. The toasted malt makes an appearance before the citrusy finish. Very earthy. The best description: balanced.

Mouthfeel - Good. Near perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability - Great taste and low ABV. It doesn't get much more drinkable than that. Easily sessionable.

Well, I think this is my new session brew. Great flavor and cheap. BMC exclusive drinkers don't know what they are missing.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 20:30:24 | More by MiguelMandingo
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks alot!

Appearance: Pours a golden copper colour with a big frothy white head, excellent retention. Leaves lace crawling up the glass.

Aroma: Caramel, bread, yeast. Smells very sweet, with a light floral hoppiness.

Taste: Citrus comes through in the flavour profile. Grapefruit like bitterness, caramel shows up here as well. Moderate hop bitterness and chewy. Still pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: More than medium bodied, creamy.

Final Statement: Now I understand why this is such a classic. This is just a good solid brew, a lager that drinks like an ale. A must try for any BA.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 02:45:21 | More by MMansfield
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icemonkey908

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented from the tap in a pint glass. Very clear with an amber hue and a couple fingers of head. The beer smells like bread with hints of fruit. Wow, the taste is very refreshing, clean, fresh, and crisp. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer. I don't know how I missed this one for so long!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2007 02:15:32 | More by icemonkey908
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DoubleJ

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part five in the Unorganized Invitation brings us to Anchor Steam Beer. Time to try to out:

In color, the beer is amber in color with a soild, desne head. The flavor is dominated by toasty malts, and it's damn tasty. A little fruity underneath the toasty flavor, creamy, and thick. Yum. I've found another option for a session brew.

I had hopes for this beer, and boy it did it hit the spot. It just took the lead in the Unorganized Invitational from it's brother Anchor Bock. It'll have to hold off New Belgium's 1554 to secure the title.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 04:00:19 | More by DoubleJ
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a beautiful dark brownish amber, while head is thin but fine. Aroma is weak but pleasant, decidedly malty. (However, my allergy was acting up some when I tried this.) Flavor is rich, malty and bitter with a snipped of fruit undertone. Jazzy, zingy, nice and rough, it is a pleasant and refreshing, if not spectacular, lager.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2007 20:29:51 | More by Cyberkedi
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Brad007

Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper color. Aroma is somewhat malty. Taste is somewhat of a cross between a lager and an ale, as expected. Some fruitiness of an ale balanced with the smoothness of a lager. Interesting combination of styles. Apparently, Steam beer is a style that's not prdouced as often anymore.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 03:13:40 | More by Brad007
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color; no chill haze; creamy head; quality lacing.

Aromas include peach, earth, and caramel malt.

This is such a unique beer. Fruit like quality from the esters produced at higher temperatures during fermentation and a spicy clean finish that lager yeast strains are known for. Love the contrast. Hops are well pronounced and quite floral. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

This is the perfect summer companion. Easy to drink all day/night. Can't find anything that comes even close to this beer as far as quality and uniqueness. Pairs well with any pasta dish.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 01:30:56 | More by bosco7
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful clear amber with a rocky head. smells of biscuity, buttery, bready malts with some sour fruit mixed in. taste is almost dry upfront and quite crisp overall, somewhat astringent. decent amount of hops but they play a supporting role here. light in body and very drinkable at this abv. as the beer that revived brewing in this country i suppose i should give it higher marks but i prefer their liberty ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 02:54:19 | More by MrMcGibblets
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange color. Head is fluffy and dark white. Lacing is strong.

S - Smell is spicy. Ginger, cinnamon and dark bready malts.

T - Spicy malt taste. Same spices mentioned before but now more peppery.

M - Medium consistency. Carbonation is at just the right level.

D - Very drinkable beer. Spicy malts make the taste and smell very interesting. Head retains to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 04:59:29 | More by umustdrink
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear amber with a nice white head that lingers for a decent amount of time. Just a nice-looking beer.

S- Strong malty aroma. Almost bock-like. Hops add just a touch of grassy aroma.

T- Malts once again dominate. Nice caramel flavors are complemented beautifully by the spicy hops. Bitterness is moderate and balances the beer out nicely.

M- Nice medium body and good carbonation. Solid.

D- Excellent. I could have several of these no problem. Great session potential.

Great beer. I can see why this beer is so popular. There's nothing really fancy about it; it's just straight-up flavorful and drinkable. Give it a try if you haven't already done so. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 23:27:28 | More by vtfan77
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Illini5596

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Revisiting this beer to give a more full review. When I first cut my teeth on this beer in 2005, I was just getting into the world of real craft beers. Prior to that I only had experience with a handful of craft beers and while a bit of a beer snob, I was not the connoisseur I am today.

Head is rather impressive and very foamy with some lingering lace, easily an inch and a half of head after the pour. The head has a creamy texture, which isn't very sticky at all, even the lace is frothy and foamy in comparison to other beers. Color is a beautiful amber, and crystal clear.

The smell is full of grains, hops, and a fresh cleanness that I associate with steam beer in general.

This is still one of my favorite "every day" beers. It isn't too strong, yet has a lot of character. The taste begins sweep and slightly sharp, hints of citrus and hops, then smooths out to a nice biscuit creamy full flavor that leaves you with a refreshing after taste.

Mouthfeel is very soft, velvety and satisfying.

Still one of the most drinkable beers around. I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.

====Old Review is below====

I've had Anchor Steam in both the bottle and on tap, it's an excellent experience either way. It has become my defacto beer of choice when I can find nothing else on the menu. I'm not saying it is strictly a fall back beer, it's pretty much my ale of choice all things being equal, and it is a right enjoyable brew. It just tends to show up as one of the few good beers on some of lists in town, when I'm not at a true beer drinker's bar.

While not as excellent as some beers, don't be surprised when this one turns out to be one of your favorites. It's good old reliable, good to the core, and a good beer to start out any night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 04:28:05 | More by Illini5596
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Attractive almost reddish colour with patchy head once it had quickly dissipated.

S - Mostly malt, slightly floral.

T - Sublte with only mild hops and buttery taste.

M - A bit fizzy for my liking.

D - Extremely makes a great six pack.

Anchor Steam deserves its classic status and is a very dependable beer, like an old friend. Subtleness is its strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 20:49:58 | More by Stephen63
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew. Nice old-penny copper colour, and a respectable light tan head.

Bready, malty smell, reminiscent of an English pale ale.

Taste is a bit more industrial. Yeast, malty flavour but a noticeable metallic tinge. Not quite sure of the source, but I've noticed this in English pale ales before, and some lagers.

Decent mouthfeel, but despite its shortcomings in the taste department this is an oddly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 05:26:07 | More by BDTyre
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 355ml bottle, best before Oct 2008, drank Apr 2007.

Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip glass, dull copper, hazy more than cloudy. A good white head and carbonisation rising through the beer to replenish the head as it shrank away.

Aroma of malt biscuits and some caramel.

Unremarkable taste, barley malts and not a lot of anything.

A slight bitterness does linger in the aftertaste, but there is no great body to this beer, it isn't watery by any means, but there just isn't much too it either.

A little disappointed with this one really, was expecting more flavour and a better mouthfeel from a beer most beer lovers in the UK have at least heard of, if not tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 16:12:40 | More by BlackHaddock
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer before, before I was a member of BA!

I had some again today, so I'll review it...

Poured in to a pint glass, copper color with a small bone white head leaving some lacing.

Smells malty/watery.

Tastes better than it smells, sweet carmel malt, slight hop bite at the finish.

Easy on the palate, nothing here really makes the beer stand out, but it has fairly good balance.

Could easily become a session beer for me, good drinkable brew from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 03:50:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Duster72

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with little to no head. Aroma is a mild yeast with some malts. Taste is refreshing with some sweet malts and a mild bitter finish. I drank the bottle in less than 10 minutes, so very drinkable and very sessionable. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 12:29:12 | More by Duster72
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Drew966

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. At first the aroma is fruity, then caramel malt becomes apparent. Caramel malt and a nice hop presence make for a classic beer. Sessionable and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:01:04 | More by Drew966
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Bamabrew22

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying the beer I've heard so much about. Must admit, it did not disappoint.

Appearance: Coppery yet clear color with a 2-fingered head count at the beginning. Good looking brew.

Smell: Nice overall aroma. Hoppy aroma with almost a leathery scent to it.

Taste: Slighty hop tang, which I thoroughly enjoyed, followed by a dried fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight to weak overall mouthfeel. Easygoing beer.

Drinkability: Overall, this was a nice beer. Easy on the eyes and easy going down. A great session beer. I feel like I could drink several of these and not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 16:11:13 | More by Bamabrew22
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hadn't had this beer in 10 years, and a lots happened to me and the world of beer since then. It is a substantial lager, lightly sweet and heavily malted. Not bad, but hardly an assault on the senses. I'd give it a weak recommendation.

The beer is a pleasing golden amber with decent had that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is lightly sweet and just a bit hoppy. There is very little hoppiness in the flavor, which is rather malty and very sweet which was OK. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 21:42:00 | More by BeerBelcher
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chrhowe

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Has a copper, milky look with a generous head that has a medium lace. Caramel and nuts come out in the smell with some hops and a bit of bread too. I tasted the bread first followed by the caramel and nuts. Finishes up with the hops, you can tell they are there for sure. It's strong in the mouth, but enjoyable. Definitely a drinkable beer. One for the future sipping.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 02:56:49 | More by chrhowe
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.