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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,864
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 132
Gots: 414 | 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 theghost3
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderately thick, golden beige head. Smell is mainly malts with a hint of citrusy hops. Taste is malty, but a good balance of bitter hops. Nuts & oak are present. Feel is nicely carbonated. This is a drinkable beer and incredibly unique.

theghost3, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Soneast
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a 1/2 inch, cream colored head comprised of really large bubbles, that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a lot of foam where it had existed.

Not a whole lot of aromas, but those detected are predominately sweet malt, caramel, with an earthy quality to it.

A lot of grains coming through, very multi-grain-like in flavor, despite that there is a prominent bitterness in the beer, which actually took me off guard. Leaves a sweet flavor on the tongue, yet a lot of residual bitterness as well. Quite unique.

Soneast, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Finley's in Huntington.

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle fruity hop and a soft sweetness.

The taste consisted of a balanced clean grainand grassy hop. Slight esters detected as well.

The mouthfeel was average for the style (it is the style).

Overall a tasty and easy drinking beer.

plaid75, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color that pproduced a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass and produces excellent lacing as I drink. Tastes of hop bitterness with a malty backround. Tastes somewhat caramely. This is a light bodied beer with outstanding taste. This is a prime example of a steam beer. Very good drinkability. Definatly drinking this alot more.

hoppheadIPA, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at a local restaurant. Unfortunately, when I asked for a glass to pour this in, it was frosty frosterton. I waited until the glass got closer to room temp before I poured. Pours a deep gold with a nice rocky 2-finger head. Smells sweet with a touch of hop twang.

Nice crisp mouthfeel aides the drinkability, yet this is a smooth beer. A little mellow on the taste, but I'm tasting some corny mealy taste, with a slight hop bite on the finish. Aftertaste reminds me of Cheerios. Not too bad a beer. Anchor does well with most anything they put out. Recommend.

Onenote81, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to drink this all the time when I first discovered it out in San Fran on tap. My favorite watering hole now has it on tap, so I picked up this beer again and began drinking it.

A - A copper colored beer with a thin (2 mm) white head that slowly fades away. Some lacing.
S - A slightly sharp citrus / hop smell with a hint of light malt.
T - A clean tasting beer, like a light Pale Ale but smoother, those larger yeasts did their work. The hoppyness at the end is mild and pleasant. Clean keeps coming to mind as I drink this beer, the light malt taste is clean.
M - Very light with good carbonation.
D - Highly drinkable beer.
Beers like this are great relaxation beers. This is a great overall beer and as good as I remember it.

TheEclecticGent, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of magnj
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - 1 finger head on a vigorous pour fades to a thin film and no lacing. Great darkish orange color, very clear but doesn't look watery, lots of bubbles.

s - Not too big on the smell besides sweet malt. Smells like beer...

t - Right away, carbonation. Then malt, and at the end it's dry and a little hoppy.

m/d - A little thin. Overall very sessionable, I'll go back for more at some point

magnj, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, semi-translucent amber. Huge billowing banana cream-colored foamy head that leaves thick walls of lacing on the way down.

S: Odd aroma that must be common amongst steam beers. Smells like wet grains with a tad of sweet malt. There's also this wet, steamy, metallic scent that reminds me of a gym steam room.

T: Fairly malty taste, bit of tangy fruit. Finish is slightly bitter and grainy from the touch of hops. This taste lingers afterwards.

D: Malty-thick medium body with moderate amounts of carbonation.

M: Not one of the more popular styles, but I picked up a 6-pack because my entire beer cellar consists of mostly heavy, high octane beers. I was searching for something lighter and different and this does the trick.

kasper, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another one I drink on a regular basis, and took months to formally review. That said, I'm finding it hard to review this, It has been one of those beers that I compare other beers to.

Golden in color, fluffy head if you pour hard enough, but it fades fast. Smells like malt, grass, some caramel. Crisp clean tasting more grass/hay some kind of earthy hop. Highly carbonated can be a little too much at times, but on a hot summer day its great. Truly this is a drinkable beer, honed for decades for just that purpose, this is one of my go to session beers.

Fatduck, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear reddish golden color with a thin white head, with ok lacing.

The aroma is soft,of sweet malts and mild hops.

The flavor is dry and malty. Kind watery in the finish, but it's not bad.

It is a medium to light bodied beer with good carbonation.

Pretty good session beer.

hoplover82, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Brewsmith
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse in Torrance, CA. Aroma is lisghtly spicy, hoppy with some maltiness in there. An amber color that is crystal clear and very little head. Flavor is toasty, biscuity and balanced with hop bitterness. Some woody, spicy notes from the hops. Balanced and a dry finish. Very drinkable. Complexity comes out when it warms a little.

Brewsmith, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw with an active head that settles to a lace and nice sticky cap.

Aroma is hoppy and malt to balance. Very fresh aroma with a nice floral hit that makes your mouth water.

Grain takes a back seat to the hops on the flavor profile. The hops are nice and make this a very entertaining beer. Spicy and floral, they give a nice flavor with the mild grain flavor. I kinda wish there were more grain to this one, it would be perfect.

Good refreshing beer, makes me want to have another.

wheatyweiss, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with a beautiful lumpy off-white head. Great retention. Great lacing.

Smell is floral hops but with a pretty strong malt character.

The taste is so well balanced while still being flavourful. Creamy grainy caramel malts begin. Biscuity and buttered bread come to mind. Short bread cookies. The taste moves into a mildly bitter hop profile which is quite floral with hints of citrus (grapefruit). The finish is bitter and pretty dry with an aftertaste of grapefruits and orange peels.

Pretty creamy feel to it with a moderate soft carbonation and a medium to heavy body.

5/5 for drinkability.

Its hard for me to criticize this beer, its so tastey and well balanced.

EatsTacos, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of kflorence
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber orange color with an inch of white, carbonated head. Head lasted for about 5 minutes before dissipating to relatively thin amount that left lacing around the glass.

S: The aroma of this beer is very sweet and pleasant; honey, maple syrup, hops and malts come through heavily. There's also some yeast and caramel in there.

T: This is a very balanced brew. Caramel malts, yeast, honey and hops come through. There is some kind of spice in there that I can't pinpoint. It is a bit tart, but sweet as well... great balance of the malts and hops.

M: This beer is nicely carbonated, medium/light bodied, and pretty smooth. It is not a watered down beer, comes through with some substance but definitely not syrupy.

D: This is a finely crafted brew. It tastes great and goes down easy. It's also not too filling. Very good drinkability.

kflorence, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge craggy head stuck around until I finished drinking. Transparent amber/orange color sorta like a pale ale.

S- Earthy malts and salty mineral water smells create a smell reminiscent of an ocean or lake.

T- Crisp, bitter citrus flavors from the hops at 1st followed by a salty, grainy malt flavor almost like a cracker. Aftertaste is clean

M&D- Clean dry feel that is easy to drink

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Belgur
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured in a flute, light haze amber

S - Sweet and invitning with a hint of fruit

T - Caramel and malty, very balanced and full

M - Nice avarege carbonation, soft on palate

D - Suprinsingly adictive and very drinkable sweet tasing beer, instant favorite

Belgur, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured brown with some orange highlights and a single-finger head that lingered. The smell is mostly malt with some yeast and spices. The taste starts right off with a combination of malt and hops that lingers on the palate with some spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, although the hops may turn some people off. Probably the most famous version of the style, and definitely worth a try.

TheTrevor, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Coded 8UY. The body was clear and rich amber in color. Head was two fingers of fine tan foam. It receded to a film which left no lacing.

Smell was sweet and malty. A bit metallic. lightly syrupy. Grape juice and bread dough. Lots going on here.

Taste was tangy and rich. Unique juiciness. Fruity tangy finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. Some zip in the swallow.

Cresant, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.

A: Medium, almost cloudy, amber. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger white head, dissipating very quickly, leaving virtually no residual. No lacing to speak of.

S: Malt and yeast, with an indistinguishable spice undertone.

T: Hoppy and bitter, with a subtle malt, and again just a hint of spice. . . nutmeg, maybe?

M: Sharp initially, hops hang around for the aftertaste. Sits heavy in the mouth.

D: Good drink. Hoppy and bitter, but refreshing.

Good quaff. If you like the hoppiness of an IPA, with a bit of a malty flavor, look no further. Nice aroma and a solid flavor.

bmwats, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of JayNH
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden color with a foamy head.

S- Sweet and slightly spicy. Somewhat of citrusy alcohol scent. Very pleasant.

T- Like a sweet tea but well balanced with a moderate dose of hoppiness. Finishes with a nice grassy hop aftertaste lingering in the mouth.

M- Smooth and a little creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D- Excellent. This is a nice well balanced beer. I will definitely buy more of these.

JayNH, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky golden amber with nice thick head.

Smell: Nice malt smell with subtle notes of caramel.

Taste: Starts off enjoyably bitter with subtle tones of citrus, this is followed by earthy malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bold with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A great beer nothing very drinkable but unlike anything I know on the market.

mbenthall, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy amber color that produced a fluffy white head that did retain well and produced a nice lacing around the side glass

S - The aromas in this beer was more complex than I expected, caramel, mixed with melon and citrus

T -The tastes starts with a good caramel malts flavor, followed by a fruity mix of orange and melons, followed by some hoppy bitterness

M - This body had good feel, medium body, very crisp, and some moderate carbonation to top it off

D - This Steam Beer was great, it is good to see this hybrid flagship of the Anchor Beer is as great as billed, making this a very sessionable beer

cvfish, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 26, 2008

Solid but unspectacular beer. Good nose, mouthfeel is good, flavor is a bit bland but crisp and refreshing without tasting too watery. Some citric notes with a little bit of bitterness. Slight soapy taste, which is odd. Balanced beer, but I probably won't try it again.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ssam
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very nice, rich amber. very frothy 2in head. left rings as i drank it.

S- a smooth, comforting aroma. you can smell the sweet hints of malt

T- taste is pleasant and unobtrusive. little caramel flavor. some citrus aftertaste.

M- excellent mouthfeel. near perfect carbonation and texture.

D- very good drinkability

ssam, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kinda cloudy with a copper amber hue. The head is very small and slightly off white.
Smell: floral and toasted malt and a hint of citrus.
Taste: Toasted malt with a dusty floral hops and a hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel: is slightly astringent but overall a good mouth coating.
Drinkability: I would drink it again.
Overall it was a different style of beer and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I ended up enjoying this beer.

colts9016, Dec 06, 2008
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,892 ratings.