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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,618
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 128
Gots: 326 | 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 bradford


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Bought a sixpack at Cost Plus for $6.99.
Poured a hazy dark blonde with a solid whit head
Smelled very good. Lots of something I can't put my finger on. Not spicy or yeasty, but pleasant and crisp.
Tasted very nice. Crisp, clean, refreshing, hoppy, delicious.
Mouthfeel was pretty good, a bit bitter from the hops, but nice.
Drinkability is absolutely perfect. This is THE example of the style. If Steam Beer isn't named after this, it should be. Highly recommended.

08-28-2007 08:18:34 | More by bradford
Photo of willjschmidt


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a bottle marked 7LC (July 3, 2007) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a nice thick off-white head.

S: Mostly malt aromas in the form of some caramel and grains.

T: A completely unique taste. Lots of toasted malts, grains, some astringent tastes, with the slightly bitter and slick hops coming through in the end.

M: Medium bodied, nice level of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a craft beer classic. I'm very lucky to live in the Bay Area where this stuff can be found damn near everywhere on tap.

08-24-2007 16:53:35 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of YonderWanderer


3/5  rDev -22.3%

A: Pours a clear copper with a thin layer of head. Dissipates pretty quick and leaves little lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. A slight hint of malt, but not much.

T: Decent - the malt hits you up front with a bit of sweetness. A slight hit of hops comes through near the end to leave a decent aftertaste. Well-balanced, but not anything spectacular.

M: A little thin, but not too bad overall. Decent carbonation.

D: This is definitely a session beer. Tastes good enough and low enough ABV that you could throw back a few of them. Not bad, but not great.

08-23-2007 13:04:50 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of skineg


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Meduim, clear (not cloudy) amber color with 1/4 head that doesn't stick around long, but never completely goes away.

Smell:Sweet and lightly toasted malts with the smell of floral and herbal hops. I can definitely smell of hops in this brew, but not too strong.

Taste: This is just a very good beer. Well rounded and smooth with little aftertaste. Tastes a bit like a lager but is more smooth and has a hint of floral.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate, not Miller Lite, but very light nonetheless. Good, but not great in this department

Drinkability: Very drinkable and easy to put back a few because it doesn't fill you up

08-20-2007 02:10:18 | More by skineg
Photo of Rainintheface


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Taking notes while trying out the new local bistro.
12oz bottle poured into shaker pint

A: beautiful dark amber, medium carbonation with foamy tan head. o.k. head retention, nice lacing

S: not much happening on the nose slightly malty, caramel. not much aroma at all

T: malty, a little bitter some fruit flavor

M: creamy medium body and med carbonation and a nice dry finish

D: I had to order a couple more with dinner. Great session beer

Besides aroma this beer is pleasingly good on all levels.

08-16-2007 13:17:49 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of udubdawg


4.4/5  rDev +14%

12 oz bottle

pours a gorgeous amber/copper color, very bright and excellent clarity. The sizeable head fades fast (although I drank it nearly as fast) and leaves decent lacing, but this is one time I'm not looking for retention - this is all about quenching thirst.

Aroma is pleasant but can only be called light. toasted grain and mild sweetness. Meh...let's talk about taste!

There's a great light bitterness here, light fruity flavor, plenty of caramel malt, and a drying finish. (though I admittedly have mere seconds to experience the drying effect before filling my mouth with another "sip") I think there's a bit of salt flavor, as whenever I have this I'm reminded of deep sea fishing trips as a young man, sipping a beverage with a fine salt spray hitting my nose and on my lips.

Goes down smooth, with a body on the light side and appropriate carbonation. A fantastic thirst quencher, and extremely drinkable. Coming home from a quick trip to the grocery store in a scorching hot car on a 100+ degree day, I couldn't wait to crack this open, and it did the job. I'd drink a few more, but tomorrow will be hot again...

08-16-2007 01:28:26 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Earthy-mineral & floral hops with a slight caramel aroma.

T: Earthy-mineral, caramel, orange zest, slight hint of fruity esters. There's a slight nutshell-like bitterness that I'm not fond of.

M: Moderate body, slightly higher than moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Personally I'm not fond of that nutshell flavour.

08-11-2007 17:35:13 | More by Derek
Photo of mobud


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle into a pint glass

A- Nice copper color with thick head that slowly faded. Active carbonation.

S- Strong malty nose with a fresh bread smell.

T- Sweet malt with a slight hop taste,but just enough to keep it from being a malt explosion on sipping.

M- Medium feel with an easy finish.

D- Another winner for me from this great brewery. It is easy to see why this company has been so strong for so long. Light enough to have several, but complex enough to keep you enjoy every sip.

08-04-2007 23:52:26 | More by mobud
Photo of BigRedN


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber/copery in color, clear, with a fluffy white head about an inch and a half in height. The head lingers half way through before it finally fades to a thin cover. Leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aromas of bready malt. Some light floral hops are present as well.

Taste: The beer has a strong malty presence on the outset, followed by a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Overall though, the beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, well carbonated. A touch dry with a crisp finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting beer, somewhat rare and unique. This beer has great taste, an ABV less than 5%, and I don't get bored or filled up drinking it. Just a perfect session beer. However, it is unfortunately somewhat expensive for me (I purchased some Anchor 6 packs on sale for $6.99, they are regularly $7.99). If this were less than $6 a six pack, it would be a regular in my fridge.

08-04-2007 03:01:10 | More by BigRedN
Photo of biggmike


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Deep amber in color with thick creamy head. Very drinkable beer and like the other Anchor entries that I’ve tried(Porter and Liberty Ale) very tasty and satisfying. The head was not that long lasting and the lacing was mediocre. Still, an excellent beer that I would recommend. Flavor grows on you.

07-29-2007 17:08:06 | More by biggmike
Photo of cichief


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Had on draft, always a welcome favorite.

A- Pours a deep golden amber, with a nice tan head.

S- Scent of toasted malt and subtle hops.

T- Toasted barley, very biscuity, a very clean, balanced flavor.

M- Well carbonated, not too bubbly, thin to medium on the tongue.

D- A super beer to spend a session with, tasty, but not overly done.

07-29-2007 02:59:55 | More by cichief
Photo of scriabin


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Anchor's flagship beer is very solid and never disappoints. It seems to be one of the more versatile beers in that I love it on a hot summer day and it satisfies on the coldest night.

This one has a lovely copperish color and a subtle but enticing smell steeped in hops. The flavor is a nice mix of hops and malt. It is quite flavorful, yet light enough to enjoy again and again without bogging down the stomach. Mmmm...

07-27-2007 03:10:56 | More by scriabin
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8%

Pours a slightly cloudy, reddish/amber. Sort of a cider color. 1/4 inch head that settles to almost nothing. Sort of bready in the nose, earthy malt balanced with a very faint hop aroma. The taste is sort of peculiar. Not much flavor at all at the beginning of the drink, although it tastes very fresh and pure. The taste is mostly towards the end of the sip and ends with a rye-like dryness. The mouthfeel is crispy and smooth especially served relatively cool. Quite drinkable as well. It is almost like a brown ale with an extremely light body and a little less flavor. Good session beer I would imagine.

07-27-2007 00:35:56 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of shererjt


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured a clear, light copper color with a nice, big, long-lasting light tan head. Nose was very hoppy with some caramel in the background and a subdued fruitiness. Some mintiness in there, too. Tasted about the same--crystal malt with a lingering bitterness. Moderate hop flavor; thought it could use a bit more malt for balance, but very nice. Mouthfeel was lively though a bit thin. Drinkability was quite nice.

An all-around solid brew.

07-23-2007 01:22:31 | More by shererjt
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Good old 8th street wine & liquor store brought some of this in. Heard lots about it, let's see if the hype holds.

Not sure where all the hazy reviews came from. My bottle poured a slight copper color with a head that showed some good retnetion, but no lacing.

Rich, bready malt with a hint of caramel to it. Spicy hops linger in the background.

Interesting taste. Flood of bitter hop and smooth caramel malt attack the tastebuds in perfect unison. Finish, even with the hop blast, is only slightly dry.

Very smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Maybe a tad bit watery..but overall a good experience.

Nice west coast offering as they didn't go overboard with the hops and the smoothness certainly makes it a breeze to drink. Would be a good companion to some SF seafood

07-22-2007 19:56:02 | More by Shadman
Photo of jayfarley3


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

from a 12oz bottle pours a medium hazy copper color with a big fluffy off white head.

smells bready, malty and has a slight sweetness to it.

this is a very tasty beer, toasted malts, slightly hoppy and a very balanced bitter finish.

very smooth medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. this is a great beer, definitley worth trying if you havent yet.

07-22-2007 10:10:34 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of AlephNull


3.63/5  rDev -6%

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep amber, little head retention.

S- floral hoppiness over some apricot/fruity malt.

T- Active citrusy hops come to the forefront immediately, once they smooth out a bit, I taste a bit of a slightly nutty malts.

M- Very active and refreshing. The mouthfeel's the best part of the beer.

D- I can imagine a lot of situations this would be a great beer. But I probably wouldn't choose it often out of a huge lineup. Still not bad.

07-22-2007 04:25:08 | More by AlephNull
Photo of GeneralZod


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A brownish gold clear color. Has good head retention.

Smells appetizing. Has a hoppy fragrance.

Very balanced. Slighty bitter, but in a good way. Very good

Slippery. Somewhat watery. Well carbonated.

Taste great. Quickly one of my favorite beer. Would definitely have another one.

07-22-2007 04:10:35 | More by GeneralZod
Photo of Durge


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Ice tea brown, a thin but steady head with a lot of lace. Smells of malt and white bread, tangy with nice carbonation. A touch of clove flavor with a pleasant bitter finish. Very drinkable, mild but interesting flavor. This would always be a welcome selection. Nice.

07-20-2007 06:33:20 | More by Durge
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%

I haven't gotten around to reviewing this so I figured I would see if I could uncover anythign else here.

A-Pours a clear brown with a steady stream of bubbles. Nice soapy foam head settles to a thin covering but the lacing is impressive. Sheets of lace cling to the sides of the mug.

S-Very bready with hints of caramel. The hops are lurking in the background, not enough to determine the kind.

T-The first impact of the taste is the sweetness from the malt. A sort of caramel flavour gives way to rich toasted bread and this is followed by a very nice bitterness from the hops. The hops make their presence very well known here at the end with their resiny slightly floral quality. Running throughout is certain mineral taste much like a good bottled water.

M-Very much American lager in body. It is slightly thin with a good carbonation and a slightly oily feel to it.

D-What more can I say, this is a true classic and one of the first beers that got me into the whole craft movement. This is a welcome summer beer on a humid evening.

07-20-2007 02:00:19 | More by sleazo
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

A- Transparent Golden amber body with minimal white head. Head fades rather quickly. Leaves behind little lacing in the glass.

S- Somewhat of a dry fruity nose with accents of hops. Caramel malt in the background.

T- Dry fruits and some spicy hops with a lager yeast backbone. Finish is a balance of caramel malt and bitter hops. Sweet caramel malt lingers.

M- High carbonation and thin lager body. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a pretty drinkable brew-but nothing special. It was interesting to try this steam beer. Definately worth a try.

07-19-2007 20:22:20 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of SSBrennan

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a reddish amber with a thick slow falling cream head.

Smells of complex fruit with a yeasty bread in the background.

The flavors are similarly complex with a basic malt sweetness that gives way to fruit notes and hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light and appropriately carbonated.

I would drink a few of these.

07-17-2007 23:13:38 | More by SSBrennan
Photo of jackorain


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

A-Amber color and very clear. 1/2 inch off-white head (no lace) fell to thin ring in a few moments

S-Sweet carmel malt, faint spicy, green hops and lager yeast

T-Lager yeast, spicy hops with a mild bitterness that linger a few moments after the swallow.

M-Nice lager zingy carbonation. Light body a little fizzy

D-Very drinkable could easily be a session of not a lot else was available

07-14-2007 20:58:48 | More by jackorain
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.73/5  rDev -29.3%

Pours a clean copper color with an off-white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt characteristic, and the same for taste, but with a dryer end. A sweet dryness left in the mouth. A very easy going, smooth beer. Lots of repect to Anchor, it got my parents to understand craft beer!

07-14-2007 20:00:26 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bozebus17


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured a clear amber with a thick white head. It looked like it was going to hang around but didn't. It did leave a nice lacing.

Smells of caramel sweetness with some grassy notes.

The taste is sweet malt at the star. There is a bit of nice fresh grains. This is balanced by some bitterness but the malt seems to dominate this brew. It feels fairly light on the palate and has a nice crisp feel from the seemingly high carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy.

This is one beer that I like better from the bottle than on tap. It is light and damn refreshing. This beer is a true American classic and one I'd be glad to drink any time.

07-12-2007 03:50:46 | More by bozebus17
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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