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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

5,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,134
Reviews: 1,900
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 146
Gots: 585 | 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 kasper
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Fatduck
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of hoplover82
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Brewsmith
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of kflorence
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of Belgur
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  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.

Photo of JayNH
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of mbenthall
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of cvfish
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of Vendetta
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of ssam
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.24/5  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

Photo of bl400315
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Bagman007
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of toolbrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of xhcadamx
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,134 ratings.