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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,877
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 408 | 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 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
Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a medium white head. Corny, bready aroma with a fair amount of malt. Astringent metal and bread dough taste that has been watered down. The hops don't do much in terms of adding or detreacting from the beer. Sorry, this one is overhyped and watery.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/1/08. On tap at the Colgate Inn. Pours a light amber with a small white head. Initially sweet malt with a bitter finish, but as it warmed, the bitterness faded and it became sweeter. A solid beer.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of bl400315
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

New to BA, first review! Big Anchor fan, picked up in philadelphia. Type-bottle.

Poured nicely. Good white head, brown-copper color. Caramel smell. Very sweet taste, leaves a bitter, dry taste.

Had 2 to get a feel for it but could have easily kept going. Drinks very easy. Great steam beer.

bl400315, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Bagman007
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Amber copper coloring with a little head.

S- Smells sweet and a bit malty. Can definitely smell some of the hops.

T- Sweet caramel flavor with a hoppy finish.

M- Very smooth, goes down easily. The hops are light and it is not overly bitter.

D- Very drinkable. Distinct taste. Definitely something you can drink a lot of.

Bagman007, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with a frothy white head.

Aroma of malt, light caramel, and some earthiness.

Tastes of sweet malts, light caramel, grain, and earthy hops.

Lighter mouthfeel, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Easy drinking. A classic steam beer.

Monkeyknife, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper color with a thin white head.

Mostly sweet malty smell - almost a dry honey aroma.

Nice fruity taste followed by a good bitter taste.

Goes down easily leaving behind a nice coating of hop flavor.

One of my favorites - I come back to it frequently.

toolbrew, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of xhcadamx
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours a bronzed honey color with a hint of amber. Nice fluffy head.

S - This beer is very hard for me to detect individual smells. Kind of earthy

T - I am almost certain that God designed the recipe for this beer. Grainy earthy flavor with a slight bitterness at the end.

M - Creamy, goes down smooth. Perfect

D - This is my all time favorite beer - EVER. I hope to drink this beer my entire lifetime and the next.

xhcadamx, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 03/01/2005.

Poured a dark reddish color with medium frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma has malt and sweet tone. Medium balanced flavor is much the same as the aroma with medium sweet and hop finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

tmoneyba, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of LordofTime25
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours to a deep tan color with a thin head.

A light malt hop and malt aromma. More hops than malts present.

Has a hint of hops and some good flavor slighty above average.

Light and airy with little carbonation.

A pretty average beer in my book nothing special!

LordofTime25, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a single from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of a kind of sour, earthy malt - more earthy than sour - with citrus hop aromas that also are slightly sour.

Tastes of caramel malt joined by a very light sourness. Ends with a light amount of bitterness and the caramel malt flavors linger after the sip is over.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation and good thickness make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I'm not sure how many of these I could have, but one went down just fine.

Overall this is an interesting beer that reminds me of another I've had that I can't put my finger on. The taste is very distinct and certainly worth a try if you haven't had it already.

glid02, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed, lightly ambered orange color with a lid of fine off-white bubbles.

Comes through bready, with a light pale sweetness, and gentle fruity overtone. A touch of floral/earthy hops and lightly bitter in a dry finish. Medium bodied soft, fuzzy carb.

A nice beer, though this is my first of the style it's probably the best.

Slynger, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from 12oz bottle (well, not from the bottle since I poured it into a glass!).

Poured a medium and hazy orange color with an averged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of caramel and sweet malts. Tastes of the same sweet malts, caramel, and I was getting some citrus.

Notes from 11/21/07

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ghostwalker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish gold body with a finger of white head. A very rich and robust appearance for a lighter, quenching craft beer choice.

Nose is sour graininess. Different.

Flavor is also different than any other brew, IMHO. Grainy up front, a sour and light bitterness on the finish. Not so much hoppiness as palate cleanser. A good balanced brew with a unique flavor blend.

Mouthfeel is cleansing and smooth.

Drinkability is very high. Always a favorite with food. It's high availability on the West Coast makes it one that I go to often when traveling on business.

ghostwalker, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legendary beer with a taste to match. The aroma is yeasty and sour with bread like malt and hops. This beer is clean tasting with a floral hop and has the distinct California Common taste. I believe that for this beer "less is more." It's not complex but it's good. Try this one with sour dough and beef stew. It seems to match with them well.

nick76, Nov 17, 2008
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,877 ratings.