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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

5,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,234
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 681 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 5,234 | Reviews: 1,922
Photo of mltobin
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a bar in NYC.

A nice amber tone with a short head.
It had a pleasant smell, not overpowering.
The taste was clean can crisp, certainly not bitter.
A refreshing mouthfeel, no fowl aftertaste.
A higher than average drinkability, goes well with lighter dishes such as poultry and seafood.

Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second brew from Anchor, and I am still very impressed... really liked their anniversary ale, and this steam beer was certainly good... pours a copper color with a modest frothy head... smell is good, very nutty and bready.. taste is very slick and full of bready and slightly caramel-vanilla flavors... Mouthfeel is super and the drinkability is really exceptional... goes down like water without any bitter aftertones what-so-ever... Really enjoyed drinking this brew, and with a modest alcohol content, could easily down a few of these in a single setting... copped a single 12 oz size from Wine and More in West Orange for about $1.50... Recommended...

Photo of WJVII
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a clear amber color with minimal head. No lacing and medium carbonation. The aroma is lacking anything profound. There is some graininess to the initial taste. with a precenance of hopps that controls the taste. There is nothing special about this brew, but it is at least worth a try.

Photo of kboett77
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer. So different and interesting, and extremely drinkable. This is one of my top Session Beers. It is well structured in flavor, and drinkable with out being watery (aqueous?) or wimpy. I have difficulty describing the flavor, but I highly recommend you try it out right away.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a buddy... poured into a tulip while grooving to Sasha Live at the Avalon and talking about beer and work.

Nice 3/4" off white head atop a very clear amber brew... lite lacing that dries to crusty bubbles.

Aroma is bunches of toasted and caramel malts melting perfectly into earthy hops... few other brews are like it... clean, no yeast esters at all.

This beer is dialed in... not really any way I can see to make it better tasting... toasted bread and lite caramel... clean bitterness and malts with a long lingering earthy undertow.

Anchor is always a goto beer when I can't decide what I want... I don't know what else to say except thanks to Fritz and Anchor for being revolutionaries.

Photo of scout19d3
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This draught beer was a mellow orange cloudy color upon arrival.

It smelled slightly sweet or faintly fruity.

The taste was better than I expected. A sweet and slightly sour presentation. Hard to place, but it improved sip after sip.

Drinkability will change dramatically, I suspect, to personal taste. I was satisfied by the time I finished the pint, but didn't feel the need to order it again.

Photo of crazybrody06
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

pours a light amber color with rocky offwhite 1 finger head.
smell is earthy malts with some floral hops, citrus. Taste is fruit with some bitter hops. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but I could drink this bad boy all day long.

Photo of PhageLab
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into my trusty Hobgoblin nonic. Very interesting bottle design, with a nice overview of the brewery. I like that, not too many breweries out there actually put effort into letting you know who they are.

A - Roasted light brown to amber coloration, despite the label's promise of a "thick creamy head" this pour didn't produce much of one at all, and what did appear vanished rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Great aroma, hard to describe, kinda like malty apples.

T - Good balance between the sweet and bitter profiles which make up this brew. Mild spices come through near the end. Not too much going on here, but it still has a great flavor.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation. Slight aftertaste, watery finish.

D - Not bad at all, I could see this as an easy go to beer. Not an overly complex brew, but a pretty tasty one none the less. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of nectarofthegods1
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Anchor Steam is my favorite all around beer. I love the shape of the bottle and often don't bother pouring it into a pint glass since the bottle feels so good in hand. The taste is good, not really anything to write home about, but very easy drinking. This is what macro lagers should probably taste like. A great choice at the tavern (if you can find it on tap in the Northwest) or after mowing the lawn. I have to drive 45 minutes to find a store that carries it (Whole Foods in Portland, OR) but it is worth the time.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl) with it's hybrid fermentation, tasted in 2003.

Appearance : golden ale and generous foam.
Smell : malt aromas, caramel
Taste and mouthfeel : mellow, round in the mouth, well balanced with a long bitterness
Drinkability : a good beer in the style steam

Review added 11-20-2007, translated from french 1-13-2008

Photo of ajr24
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve oz. bottle into a goblet/chalice.

A- Nice clear and amber color with a creamy off-white head that slowly fell into minimal lacing.

S- Smells like crisp and refreshing beer.

T- Malty and smooth, crisp and clean on the palate.

M- More so crisp than anything else, not the balance that I was expecting. No complaints at all though.

D- Very sessionable, I've seen this on tap at the local pubs, I'd definitely enjoy this brew with a burger or steak.

Photo of Poser
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cooper, off-gold color. Carbonation seems heavy -- lots of bubbles below a thick, creamy top. Lacing and retention are good. Aroma is malty, earthy, and somehow industrial. A bitter pang hits you as soon as it touches your tongue. For a couple sips you might wonder if it's a bad bottle, but keep it up. One of the most unique brews out there.

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

The quintessential steam bear poured an amber hue with a medium white head.

The smell was faint, but had notes of caramel malt and some hop aroma as well. The taste has a full and very well-balanced body with a medium hop profile and medium bitterness. All of them blend well. There are also some slight grass notes as well. The taste fades into a biscuity malt aftertaste. I detect some flavors arising from this beer's lager yeast roots as well, but hard to put into words. I guess we'd expect this in a steam beer. The carbonation is medium with a medium consistency.

All around, it's a good beer and a great example of it's style. It's very drinkable, and is remaniscent of many beers on the west coast in yesteryear.

Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Time to review an old favorite. The classic American craft lager pours a deep burnished gold into my pint glass. Not much lacing, but head retention is never a problem with Anchor beers.

Smell - I never get a ton of aroma here, but I do get light tones of wet earth...faint, but it's a fresh smell, certainly not displeasing.

Taste, Mouthfeel - Here's where the Steam excels, This beer always strikes me as fairly complex, especially for an under-5% session lager. First off, it's balanced. There's a solid backing of sweet malt, and an equally bracing lemony, grassy, earthy hop...excellent, distinctive hop profile. I get hints of pale ale-like fruity esters as well. Slightly sour and funky at times. That's the thing about this beer, no two sips really taste the same. Pair it with food and you get even more diversity. Strong carbonation helps keep things crisp, but never seems too burpy.

Need I even mention that this is extremely drinkable? Easily #1 in its category, and a distinguished, proud American classic. Next time you wear yourself out on high-gravity ales, pick up a six pack of Anchor Steam and be glad. I really should have a few bottles of this around at all times.

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

A- Amber with gold highlights with a dense creamy head.

S- Bready malt sweetness. No hops detected.

T - Malty sweet with some faint fruitiness. There is a noticeable hop bitterness at the back of my throat in the aftertaste.

M - Highly carbonated, full mouthfeel.

D - I should have bought a case. Very nice beer.

Photo of sloejams
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old reliable Anchor Steam. Hard to believe I haven't reviewed this yet. This was one of my early introductions to craft brewing. The Frankenstein beer only the US could create: part lager / part ale. Thing is it's tasty, always. The malted caramel of an ale with the crisp hop character of a lager.

I have no problem give this 4 across the board. I've learned a lot about beer since my first Anchor Steam, but this always a great place to revisted.

Photo of SargeC
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper color with a tan-white head and medium carbonation.

Smell: Light hops and malt.

Taste: Sweet malt flavors wrapped with hints of citrus finished by a clean hop flavor. They flavors in this beer come in layers that seem to change with each taste.

Mouthfeel: Solid. Carbonation enhances the fullness of this brew. Light yet satisfying.

Drinkability: This is a refreshing and classic brew. Each bottle I have had over the years has had its own character.

Photo of meechum
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured on tap at Taco-Mac into a pint tumbler. Poured amber with a nice off white head that fell quickly and left little lacing.

S - Not too much here a little hint of malt and hops but not very prominent

T - Good..a nice strong malty flavor with a good hop finish and a certain taste that I can only assume comes from the brewing as a steam beer..something I've never tasted before and quite frankly I guess just don't have the vocabulary for

M - Decent for a lager beer..nice carbonation

D - Overall a very drinkable beer..totally sessionable, I enjoyed it very much

Photo of genog
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Teds Montana Grill. I had a unique bison burger with guacamole and Jalapeno peppers on it. It was very good and interesting in flavor. I wish I could say the same about this beer on tap.

Poured a pale orange color with no head when this one was brought to the table. Smell is muted with some caramel malt and some faint honey scent. Taste is of sweet malt and very little bittering hops. Smooth carbonation, somewhat crisp.

I actually thought this beer was better in the bottle than on tap.

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

Appearance - clear amber brown, small head of large bubbles which fades to lacing.

Aroma - Toasted and fresh malts, some hop bitterness present.

Taste - Fresh and juicy malt with notes of butter and bitter coffee. The finish is bitter with citrusy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - well balanced with carbonation, medium to heavy presence. Surprising for such a crisp beer.

Drinkability - Definately good, I could drink this beer all night. A superb choice for a session.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites.

Poured in a plain ol pint glass

Appearance: Crisp and immaculately clear amber color. Nice creamy head which slowly dissipates, but is ever present throughout the life of this beer.

Smell: Very clean smelling. A little estery. Nice hint of hops, but not an overpowering hoppy aroma.

Taste: Very clean tasting beer. Very prominent esters. Just enough hops to provide a nice bite, but not very bitter. Somewhat earthy.

Mouthfeel: Quite pleasant, medium bodied brew. A little creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability: A very drinkable American classic. Quite thirst quenching. The balance of the hops, the malts, and the esters in this beer make it one of my summer/fall favorites.

If you want to try the best example of a steam beer, go with this one as it is the original.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger big bubbled head that quickly dies down to a small, thin layer. Stickiness is very minimal and weak. Smell is a nice fresh floral aroma with a sweet light caramel malt. Some light citric fruit is present in the nose as well. Taste is a bit metallic at first but the caramel malt becomes present. Caramel and a hint of light milk chocolate is then followed by a grassy floral taste on the tongue. Aftertaste is a bit bland with a cardboard like flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and light bodied with a good full carbonation. Nice crisp session brew that can be enjoyable at all times of the year.

Photo of BravoTwo
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good amber coloration, with a good thick head and pleasing overall apperance.

S - Average smell, with a little maltiness and sweetness.

T - Good malty taste, very clean flavors. A little hops bite came in the finish, but only enought to be interestin without being overpowering.

M - Clean mouthfeel, with solid carbonation. Not too much as to be sharp, but started out in the mouth very crisply.

D - Very fine drinkability here, easily sessionable and all-around tasty. I could easily drink a few of these and feel good about it.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours copper/amber with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like caramel, bread/grain, toasted malt and some citrusy hops. Taste is same as the aroma, but it starts out hoppy, then comes the malty sweetness, and finally it leaves a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has a good amount of carbonation and is crisp. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. I think it's a good overall beer, a pretty decent choice as a session beer.

Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours out a light amber, slightly orangeish color, with a an off-white inch of head. Retains a nice thin lace, especially around the rim.

Smells of lightly toasted malt and light caramel sweetness, with some light citrus and floral hop aromas. The smell is pleasant and balanced, but light (have I said that enough?)

Tastes a lot like the smell, with toasted malt and a mild sweetness dominating along with just a bit of hop bitterness and citrusy hop flavor. Very well balanced and very refreshing. Crisp carbonation and a nice medium body, yet light on the palate. I could drink this beer all night, a great session beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,234 ratings.