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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,507 Ratings

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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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Photo of beveritt


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has a stamp, 6Y1, whatever that means.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown, clear with a slight hint of orange/red. Nice one inch creamy head that falls to just a coating.

Smell: Sweet, with hints of the the grassy smell you get from a macro lager. Almost a carbon/charcoal odor.

Taste: A pretty good bite up front from the carbonation. A little malt, not much, then some of the grassy hops, finally followed by a decent level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average level of carbonation. Good, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking brew. Have to admit, the grassy flavor reminds me too much of some macros or a can of Boddington's. Not a huge fan, but it is the epitome of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 01:04:42 | More by beveritt
Photo of bark


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is almost clear; the finger thick head is off white, compact and very smooth. The lacing is hardly noticeable.

The smell is yeasty/fruity/bitter/creamy with notes of honey, peaches, coffee toffee and some broth. It is a very inviting and quite complex smell.

The taste is complex and full of character, but it is neither heavy nor compact. Roasted creamy malt with a nutty-salty flavour, semi-sweet toffee (with a hint of cream sauce). The aftertaste got a slowly building bitterness, black coffee, mixed sweets, and fruits (peaches, pears) and a touch of roasted peanuts, caramel sauce and crisp bread.

The mouthfeel is creamy with lots of small refreshing bubbles.

Oh, I like this one. Better than last time I reviewed it, at least.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 20:28:40 | More by bark
Photo of lagomswedish


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy peach colour with a thick, whipped-cream off-white head.

Smell: Struggled a bit here, as the aromas weren't that obvious. Some metallic hints from the hops and a mild bready backdrop.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced between a biscuity, malty body and apricot/peach fruits, with a noticeable sweetness as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: soft, light carbonation means this is one easy beer to swallow. Hop tingle remains long after the last gulp.

Drinkabilty. Goes down easier than an Italian footballer in the penalty box. A great all-year round beer that matches well with everyday food.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 11:20:22 | More by lagomswedish
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

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

Pours a nice slight hazy copper amber color with a beautiful creamy tanish two finger white head. Looks very presentable with a nice head and coloration. Head retention is strong combined with a mild decent downward with a nice light frothy layer. Smells of a strong malt and bread like tint. Mild hint of floralness from the hops. Has a subtle hint of fruit or some kind of a fruity sweetness. Perhaps some underlying caramel tones. Tastes smooth and enjoyable. Nice malt flavor balanced with a mild dry hop finish.

The subtle sweetness is definitely from the malt flavors that are heavily present. Has a great easy to drink flavor. Nice mix of flavor. Extremely enjoyable and at 4.9% it has a decent ABV. I will continue to drink this beer and I find it to be scarce in many bars. This is a well crafty beer and has a nice overall mouth feel and drink ability. Pretty neat history behind the name and the brewery. No freshness date on the bottle. This is a great beer that has been a long time coming for a review from me. I enjoyed every last drop. Well recomended.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 01:57:41 | More by bigone4
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a thick head but falling head. The smell is slightly malty but not overpowering. The taste is sweet with a touch of spice and hops. It has a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy – with a small carbonation bite. The drinkability of this beer is high as they tend to slide back easily without being too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2006 21:19:12 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of geexploitation


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, nearly transparent amber with a substantial, fine bubbled head. Aromas of caramel malts and a touch of hops; not very expressive, but true to style. Rich, creamy, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Tastes of light fruitiness, citric hops, and dry, crackery malts at the finish. Very active toward the end. Lingers on the tongue a while. Overall, an extremely drinkable beer, understated but flavorful, that will pair well with lots of savory food -- pizza, sandwiches, burgers. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 22:20:10 | More by geexploitation
Photo of wanker


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle.

Nice light amber color; poured with a 1 finger head. Very easy on the palate. Had a slightly sweet note but not cloying. Very pleasant, non-assertive flavor. Mouthfeel a bit better than average, but nothing remarkable.

Super drinkable, perhaps the perfect session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 20:02:45 | More by wanker
Photo of BeerSox


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug. Brewed in August.

Crystal clear deep copper color. Off white head with good retention, thick from the high carbonation. Layers of sticky lacing make their way down the glass, making an appearance similar to a ringed-snake.

Musty malt aromas along with a light earthy hop aroma. Hints of honey like sweetness.

Very original flavors, some that I haven't tasted in any other beers. Starts off with relatively light malts, with light bits of noble hops. The finish is dry, but with more of a grainy malty taste. Sharp flavors come from the malts. The high carbonation in a lighter body gives it a crisp feel as well.

One-of-a-kind beer. Very complex and unique flavors can be found in this one. An American classic. Be sure to add this one to the list of beers to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 23:41:55 | More by BeerSox
Photo of uberabr


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

Great color, a glowing reddish amber. Well carbonated. Head forms and dies pretty fast, but good lace.

Not getting a whole lot in the small department. Grassy with a zesty lemon-peel hoppyness. A nice, simple, aromatic smell.

A tad bitter. Hops are there but not overpowering. There's a real simple but charming quality to this beer. It could be a lot more malty but doesn't have much alcohol, a good call in my opinion.

Not a whole lot of complexity but I like it. Feels bubbly and refreshing in the mouth. The excellent drinkability and relatively low AbV make this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 06:29:43 | More by uberabr
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle> 16 oz. SA glass.
This brew is a brilliant amber, totally clear, big carbonation that easily creates a mighty fine smooth, creamy and even white head that dissipates only a bit and leaves plenty of froth hanging around.

Caramel-sweet malt on the nose much like a vienna lager and with it's sour/sweet yeatieness. Very hearty scent as well with a spicey balance that is pretty aromatic. Way down there's vanilla and nutmeg.

The flavor at first is this honey-soaked breadiness with caramel and vanilla currents riding along side. Herbal, spicey and hearty flavors create a unique and even balance. The hop flavor is spicey and wheatie, not at all green or bitter. The last element is a roast beefy flavor that comes from the hearty wheat and herbal yeast effect. Still, a complex brew.

Medium bodied, big, clean crispiness and a delightful smoothness right at the end.

When this stuff is fresh, which can be rare here on the East coast this stuff is amazingly easy to drink and a real joy. An American original (with taste!)

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 05:44:35 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Appereance: good head, retention is decent
Smell: faint apple. Caramel hops come out a little
Taste: Balanced, yet bitter. Hops are present balanced with caramel malts.
Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing.
Drinkability: easily a session beer.

This beer could go good with some tacos.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 05:16:19 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of HochFliegen


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep carmel color with a thick white head.
The smell was fruity with a carmel like maltiness to it as well. There was also some hoppiness in the smell that was very mild.
The taste was very crisp and refershing. Malt flavors of carmel and hop flavor as well. Citrus like taste in the end. Really nice and refershing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 04:05:54 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dense white head reigns over a caramel body with a healthy amount of visible carbonation bubbles. Nose is malty with a hint of citrus and little if any evident hopping.

Taste is refreshing yet balanced and mellow. Tough to gauge by style since it's the only California common beer I've ever seen. It is unique, and well made. Slightlly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. I'd try it again, especially to ward off the indian summer we're currently experiencing here in central NC. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 02:33:33 | More by daliandragon
Photo of klewis


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6MG

A: Pours a caramel color with a big bubbly head with good sustain.

S: Neutral hop aroma with a slight vegetal smell.

T: Sweet with buttery malt flavors and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D: Nice for a session beer, but in the grand scheme of things, this is pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 02:27:19 | More by klewis
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice fluffy white head.bout an 1 inch thick.A light coppery color,slightly hazy apperance.Has a fruity.burnt,carmel smell.not of a hop aroma.Tastes carmely,slight hint of a roasted coffee flavor,a very tastee brew.A nice clean dry finish a hint of citrus. A complex flavor. An interesting beer and very drinkable.
A must try beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 01:32:18 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of oelergud


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

Transparent copper red body with lots of carbonation. Big fluffy undulating off-white head. Good retention and lace.
Unassuming mild wheat scents and a bit of fruit.
Also mild on the palate. Yeast, grass, green leaf, hay and a slightly puckering hoppy aftertaste of moderate length.
Medium body with good coating. A good thirst quencher and session beer.


Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 21:00:27 | More by oelergud
Photo of gonzo138


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

A- pours an amber color with white head thats laces very well

S- very light but noticable malt sweetness, nice and crisp on the nose

T- Nice light malty sweetness, with a little hop bite at the end, very refreshing

M- feels nice and light in the mouth, good carbonationed feel, taste does not linger in the mouth for long

D- a great session beer, goes down super smooth, light but very pleasant taste, a classic well made american beer

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 07:25:45 | More by gonzo138
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger, sticky, foamy white head that lasts forever.

Smell is of faint hops, not much of a smell really. There is a little bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is unique. Its hard to pinpoint exact flavors but this isnt a bad thing. There is some hops bitterness, perhaps a little citrus present. Maybe a little bit of a wheat taste. There is also a little malt. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good and this brew is very drinkable. A great session beer. Despite there not being distinct flavors this is a good brew and if you haven't ever picked this up you should do so and give it a try. Despite it not being my favorite Anchor beer (the Liberty Ale is) this is solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 02:58:07 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a convience store on Rt. 1 in Newcastle. Pours a deep gold color. Can't smell much except a little bit like a macro. Taste is much better, similar to a pilsner but with more hoppy flavor and a slight citrus finish. Good mouthfeel Overall a really good beer. Price kinda sucks ($9.59 for a six pack) but worth having every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 22:38:15 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of Estarrio


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

Poured a clear, light, orange, copper with a huge, frothy, white head. Nice retention.

Subtle aroma of sweet malt with some floral notes.

This is a very smooth beer. Lightly, sweet malt up front that is balanced by a citrus, bitter finish. Neither the sweetness nor the bitterness is over-the-top, creating a smooth and refreshing test. A perfect compromise of beer with flavor that is still approachable to the under-developed palate.

Nicely carbonated with a light/medium body, this is a very drinkable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 04:26:37 | More by Estarrio
Photo of ohitsbrad


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 April 2006, Best Before Jun 07

Anchor Steam is an amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour is a fairly even balance between toasted malt and leafy, herbal hops. It's also rather creamy and has some bubblegum sweetness. Didn’t mind this.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 06:32:12 | More by ohitsbrad
Photo of JayQue


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

Clear amber color with a medium white head that hands in there. Noticable malty aroma. Good taste, malty, smooth pleasant with no harsh aftertaste. Rich mouthfeel and very drinkable. This would be a top choice at a restaurant with food and right up there with Yeungling, Sam Adams Boston Lager and SNPL as a regular every-day favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 14:41:12 | More by JayQue
Photo of johnniemarg

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Two finger tan head perfectly fills the glass to the rim. Crystal clear amber/golden color.

Smell is malty. Can only just notice a touch of hops.

Flavor is sweet malt up front followed by a slight smokiness and a little floral dandelion flavor. Nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily.

An excellent session or ballgame beer. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 23:32:27 | More by johnniemarg
Photo of pweis909


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

Review based on three bottles consumed over 3-day period.

This bottles served up an amber beer with a thin foam.

Both malt and some fruity aromas were noted. These aromas were not strong, but pleasant.

The malt in the taste reminded me of some Euro pilsner malts, and the hoppy bitterness was strong.

The beer satisifingly coated my mouth.

The malt and the smooth mouth, makes this a pleasure to drink. The bitter finish is just a little harsh at first, not my favorite hops, but the malt is so good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 16:02:16 | More by pweis909
Photo of medic25


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

Served in a pint glass; pretty amber color with a tannish-white head that quickly dissipated. Pleasant, malty, sweet aroma. Flavor is well balanced; slightly bitter from the hops, but not overpowering and definitely not unpleasant. Nicely carbonated; this beer goes down very easily. This would be a beer I could drink very easily all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 02:41:11 | More by medic25
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.