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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,202 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 1,918
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 160
Gots: 646 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

code on the bottle 917

pours clear copper orange with a big 2+ finger head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells of malt and fresh fruit pears and apples

taste is very good - great balance of carmel malts along side fresh fruit apples and pears with a good bitter bite on the end

mouthfeel light/medium with good carbonation that gives it the beer both a smooth creamy feel but nice crisp as well

drinkability of this beer was great - by far the best anchor beer i have had

overall i was very suprised - i have many anchor steams through out the years and was never impressed but this bottle was great and kind of wish i would have bought a 6er instead of a single

Photo of nerow
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simple, unpretentious beer. It pours a clean copper color, acceptable head, moderate lacing. This beer smells earthy and slightly sweet. Some absolutley charming floral flavors with a delightful semi-sweet aftertaste. Very clean mouthfeel, very easy to drink. If not for the price (10$ for a six-pack), this would be a fantastic sessioner.

Photo of selecter70
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite West Coast beers, maybe because it does not push the hop envelope, but rather seeks a nice balance for a great drinkable lager. A nice clean bright pour settles to a darker copper with decent white head, some lace & good biting carbonation. The aroma hints at more floral hops than malt, whereas the flavor mates some clean bright hops with roasted malt in a good earthy way. Just a simply great all around refreshing beer.

Photo of NicholasSchell
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into U.S. Pint glass, medium/medium-dark amber color, clear, 1 finger head dissipates to 1/2 finger with decent lacing and retention for the amount of head, appears to be pleasantly bubbly.

S- Inviting warm malty scent. Earthy. Smells like Fall. Faint hoppiness.

T- Slighty more hoppy than the smell suggests. Good malt flavor, not too sweet. Taste lingers, promoting frequent glass to mouth contact.

M- Medium body, perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, great candidate for a session.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a thick fluffy head that sticks around forever. Smells of earthy hops, a bit of toffee, and sweet grainy malt. The taste follows the aroma. Earthy hops and sweet malt with a long lingering mild hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. I drank a lot of this beer in the mid nineties it was somewhat of a gateway beer for me. Delicious in its simplicity, yet interesting enough for my ever changing palette. Great session beer!

Photo of MrStark
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear amber orange with a one-finger off white head. Pretty good retention.

Smell is of slightly sweet malts and a little bit of hops. A mild hint of spice.

Taste is similar to the smell. Hops are present as well as the malts. A mild amount of bitterness, almost reminds me of an APA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy.

Drinkability is good. It goes down pretty easy and has a nice taste. I'd have a few more but its not something I'd go crazy for.

Photo of dcxxray
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the most unique lagers. I've never seen a beer with better head than this beer. It doesn't have a strong smell. As far as drinkability goes, you can drink this beer pretty much anywhere. If you're a fan of lagers, you have to give this a try.

Photo of mightymoksha
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in pint glass.

Pours a translucent, dark amber, with a rich, off-white head. Mild retention and lacing.

Clean, earthy aroma, with hints of toffee and raw pecans.

First up is a soft hop bitterness, followed by a clean, mild malty sweetness and notes of lemon and very faint caramel. The latter become more prominent in the dry, prickly aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel and moderate carbonation make this beer very pleasant on the palate.

Very drinkable. When suggesting new beers for friends unfamiliar with craft brews, this guy is one of the first on the list.

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a clear copper with a long lasting 2 finger white head. The aroma is earthy, bready with a bit of sweetness. The flavor is pleasantly bitter with a dry, bitter finish that lingers. The beer is medium bodied and IMO very sessionable. A great all around beer.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy dark amber color, with thick off-white bubbly head.

The scent is mostly of caramel malts.

Toasted caramel malts are apparent, dry bitter hoppiness, and some citrus.

Full bodied, creamy feel with low carbonation.

Very tasty and complex beer.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy light amber. Fizzy white head that fades quickly. No lacing. Some carbonation is present.

S - Baked bread aroma with a mildly spicy citrusy hop overtone. Nice, but very mild.

T/M - This is where it loses me. Hops hit, but leave no flavor. Malts are mildly sweet, but not compelling. Mouthfeel is at least clean.

D - Fair drinkability. It's standard beer. Nothing special in my book.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely transparent with a nice golden hue; head is giant, white and tenacious.

Smell: smell is subtle but interesting; getting a nice fruity maltiness.

Taste: very dry malt flavor with a hint of graininess. Hops are floral in character and sparing in presence, but overall it's a pretty good effect. I can't put my finger on it, but this beer really reminds me of autumn.

Mouthfeel: body is light side of medium and there is a tiny bit of an astringent quality which is interesting.

Drinkability: this is a very interesting beer to me which I like because it is different. I think it would pair great with something unctuous like salmon or fried whitefish.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a trip to San Francisco I drank quite a bit of this stuff from the hotel bar. I'd had it in the bottles at home a few times before, but this is just so much better off tap. Needless to say I saw pleasantly surprised when I fould this on tap locally at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells like nice malts with a bit of hops thrown in there.

The taste is much like the smell, lots of sweet maltiness with a little bitter bite at the end.

This beer goes down very smooth. It is fairly creamy with a nice balance.

Very drinkable, one of my favorite tap offerings. This keg traveled particularly well. If it wasn't for the distance I would have this beer as often as I can.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangish hazy color with almost no head, but good lacing

S: Caramel, bready, some fruitiness

T: Earthy, bready malt that is semi sweet but at the same time somewhat bitter at the end. Malts vs. hops is clearly seperated.

M: Light body, medium/highly carbonated. Very dry finish

D: Not something that I would have on a regular basis. Not very complex and after one you have this style down.

Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice sized light tan head. Amber/coppery body.

Smell: It smells a bit like a German oktoberfest.

Taste: More complex than I was expecting. Some caramel, sulfur/minerals, medium bitterness.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with relatively thin head but expansive lacing.

Smell: Caramel, biscuit, toast and some earthiness.

Taste: Earthy, toasty malt that has a semi-sweet caramel middle before ending with a strong earthy bitterness that is almost too much for this particular beer. Somehow it doesn't come together as well as it should in terms of malts vs. hops.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation (almost fizzy), medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Obviously a very important beer in craft beer history that is quite good but is ultimately more relevant for its history. Nice to have every once in a while.

Photo of GregoryShmegory
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty beer. After drinking a mix 6 pack of Anchor Brewing Company, this is probably my favorite. Pours a beautiful color- golden orange. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes balanced and plentiful. Would be a good session beer. I'd buy again if it wasn't for the price.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat. I've saved this beer for some time now. I am sad I waited this long to try it.

Pretty hazy copper color in my pilsener glass. The head hangs around forever. Little lacing.

The nose is really unique. It has the sharp freshness of a lager, but also a touch of sweetness like a belgian. Light toastiness in the nose, with a drop of honey like sweetness or two.

The flavor is really unique. I really like this. Nice bitterness, with a touch of toasty flavor. Again, there's almost a belgian quality to this beer. I've never had anything like it.

Feels great going down, and i could drink these forever. All in all, a great beer.

Photo of langcpa
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wheat beer glass, nice foamy offwhite head that lasted until the final sip, nice lacing. clear amber color with little earthy but no other noticable smells, the taste was mostly malt at the begining with a slightly hoppy wet finish, the mouthfeel is medium body with slight carbonation, a very smooth drinkable beer that is one I could have several of and not feel like I just had a meal.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an anchor steam glass, pours deep copper with a light fluffy creamy white head.

mostly malts with light biscuit and earth bread notes.

quite malty with a light hop bitterness that emerges through the finish.

very full bodied! carbonation is light but has some bite. adds to the body. very smooth and easy to drink

this is my lawnmower beer. not too light and reminds you that beer is supposed to taste good.

Photo of ipazilla
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six on sale for $8 So i figured why not.
Appearance : amber
Smell: Malty with a slight hop aroma
Taste: Malty dry and very little hop in the background, but overall a solid flavor.
Feel: Very smooth not too carbonated
Drinkability: I'm more of an IPA fan so this was a little to big in the malts to takedown but I could have one or two with a meal

Photo of VikeMan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Coppery amber color. 1/2 finger beige head, quickly dissolving into a thin film, then just a little fine lace around the edges, not very clingy.

Smell...nicely balanced yeast and malt, with a little bit of fruity hops.

Taste.. a bit hoppy, more so than in the aroma. Malty, slightly bitter...a good sort of bitter

Mouth feel.. medium carbonation. Thin to medium body.

This is a unique beer. I'm not much of a lager fan, but then other lagers are really nothing like this. This is very refreshing, and I plan to serve it soon at a barbeque, where I think it will go great with pork butt and hot weather.

Photo of tosshin
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: crystal clear. amber. perfect fluffy white head
s: barley, slight citrus, earthy. makes me want to drink more of them! slight hint of caramel?
t: well balanced. caramelly malt and the perfect amount of hoppy bitterness at the end. I barely tasted the alcohol
m: medium body, slightly carbonated. really not much to say here
d: I have no idea what the ABV on this beer is, but I know that this is a beer that I wish was commonly on tap at my local bars!

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straight up amber color that is transparent and has a one-two finger head that is just between creamy and fizzy, head retains for a bit and leaves no lacing, the only weak part of the appearance. Smell is the weakest aspect of this beer though, weak smell, can pick up malts, some hops and a pretty solid lager smell, nothing special but not bad in the least. Taste is good, great malt backbone to this one with a finish of some hoppy bitterness, overall a great lagery solid flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy, coats the mouth with a good aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Drinkability is huge here, could get a keg of this and be very very happy, doesn't fill you up and the taste seems like it would not fade away after many of these.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered at the Kitty Cat club, which has a nice beer list, but I went for something I hadn't had before.

Served in the bottle, I asked for a glass. I got a Tulip glass, and poured it in. Light transparent amber color with a lively carbonation and a white head. No lacing.

The nose is not much different from any macro I've had, but there is a stronger bitterness than those and just slightly more substance.

The taste isn't anything special, a light malt backbone and a light hop bitterness. Do I detect some derivative of citrus flavor?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I don't like over carbonated beers. This is one. I don't like the sharp Sprite-like bite in your through from too much carbonation. Drinkability is ok.

Not something I would order again, but glad I got a chance to try this legend of a beer.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.