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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

5,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,200
Reviews: 1,918
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 160
Gots: 644 | FT: 1
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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 Durge
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SSBrennan
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jackorain
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of bozebus17
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Dark amber orange with pretty thick white head.

S: Thick malt, with baking bread, sugar cookies, maybe a bit of barnyard feel, interesting.

T: Maltiness, with that fruity ale yeast ester flavor due to high fermentation temperatures, steamy. A bit of sulfur carries the load, with a midly astringent taste, it's a difficult taste to describe.

M: Smooth, that steam beer lager character is there.

D: Very drinkable, not the best beer in the world by any stretch, but a very good one.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6 pack of this yesterday becasue I thought it would make a great marinade for steak. The steak turned out really well, and it was nice to pair with this beer. Poured into an anonymous pint glass.

A - Pours a very rich amber color, though only minimal head and lacing.

S - Smells creamy (can a beverage smell creamy?) and sweet. I swear I get a bit of roastiness in the nose, though i am absolutely certain no roasted barley was used in this beer.

T & M - This beer is light and a bit sweet. The yeast produces a very nice fruitiness. The beer is crisp, but slightly creamy, with a very minimal (real ale-ish) carbonation - that I think works great for this beer. Slightly salty finish with a hint of bitterness.

D - Overall this is a great beer. Nice to have on hot days. There may be more flavorful beers out there, but not many as exceptionally balanced as this one.

Photo of sullysbeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, gentle minty hop nose, Light on the esters and has hints of toffee.

Appearance: Very clear golden copper hue, slight off white head that has a creamy bubble.

Flavor: Malty sweetness, minty and woody hop flavor followed by an assertive woody and minty hop bitterness that lingers a bit and seems to finish dry and crisp. Has a complex fermentation flavor of prunes, maybe? Toasty and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfect CO2 that's not too prickly on the tongue at all. Slight hop astringency that coats the teeth.

Overall Impression: A lightly fruity beer with a firm grainy maltiness, toasty and caramel flavors with a lingering hop bitterness. Steam beer is beer fermented with a lager yeast strain at warmer temperatures around 60F. Hense the name steam beer. Also known as California Common style beer.

Photo of ekempey
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tulip glass, the beer pours a nice amber color, with an off white head that eventually laces nicely. The beer has a nice sweet hoppy aroma to it, and the taste is that of oranges, hops, black pepper, and some lemon. The beer goes down easy and opens up as the beer warms up to the proper serving temp. There is a nice dry hopped after taste to the beer as it feels carbonated just right, any more would induce soda like qualities.

Photo of viperpiper522
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful ruby with a medium body head that dissapated at an average speed. No lacing.

S- Malt invites you in and at the end some hops foreshadows that experience to come.

T- Hoppy and full of complexities. Is it the high fermentation temperature that makes Anchor Steam so special, or is it the love put into the recipe? I don't know but I don't care. Delicious.

M- Leaves something behind that I enjoy. Sort of sticks around in between sips so you maintain that flavor.

D- Great If it wasn't so expensive here in MD I would make it a regular on my roster.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful effervescent copper color and shows a nice spongey, eggshell head, with no lace really. The nose is herbal hop, sugar, cracked grain, and very faint all around. Taste is smooth, soft, bready grain with a pleasant brassy undertone. The finish is drying, with a faint hop aftertaste. This beer is a great example of one that puts emphasis on malt, yet stays extremely light and refreshing. The mouthfeel is round, smooth, fluffy.

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

Poured a clear golden yellow, with a thin white head. Aroma was slightly spicy, slightly grassy, but mostly malty.

This is the consummate pale lager. A wonderful balance between the sugary malt and the slightly spicy hops makes this a pleasure to drink. You can tell why this one kicked off a revolution. If you've never tried it, you're missing out. A dependable beer I could have anytime.

Photo of MTNboy
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer I had heard great things and they were true. No wonder this beer saved the company.

Appearance- An orange-amber color that is copper like a penny. A nice two finger head that sustains itself for quite sometime.

Smell- Oh! The odor of sweet hops .

Taste- A very sharp taste with a good amount of hops bitterness but not over powering. It blends well with the malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied that is slightly chewy.

Drinkability- I like this beer and I strongly recommend it.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

Photo of jp62099
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I have seen on the shelves for a while but never have tried. I'm trying many different styles more often and never realized that this was in its on category. I would say as far as Steam Beer, it is not going to get any better than Anchor. Very surprised. Amber color, malt sweetness and lemon undertones, taste is malty, with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. This is a great session beer, drinkability off the charts.

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

I have been very eager to taste this beer and thanks to Chris for getting it back for me from
New York. :) This is my second Steam Beer I have had tried; my first being the Steam Beer draft
at Brewerkz. Naturally, I am keen to make the comparison. :) The Steam Beer pours out amber
golden in color with an average head and an average head retention; good carbonation as well.
It smells like the a typical American Lager, strong on the Barley malt. It tastes, however, less
like a lager and more like the Brewerkz Steam Beer; the ale taste. I believe it is again, the
fermenting of lager yeast at ale temperature. Nice malty yeasty taste like the Brewerkz Steam
beer; some similarities but not exactly. Very fresh and refreshing taste as well but with a
bitter finish which I would not prefer as much though it had not affected me that much. Nice
taste, similar to the Brewerkz Steam Beer but I generally prefer the Steam Beer from Brewerkz
to the Anchor's version.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a medium dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and a little bit of spice, fruit and hops.

T: The taste is fruity, spicy and malty, with flavors of caramel & citrus. A strong but complimentary hops presence comes in quickly and provides a very good balance without being over-powering. Once the hops flavor fades a bit, there’s a nice bready taste that remains with a mild sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, this is good beer to stick with for an evening if you want something a lot of substance that isn’t going try to knock you over. I liked this beer and thought it was very good.

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

Excellent hazy dark orange look. Shows a nice head that takes its time going away. The light seems to hit it juuust right. No lace.

Gives off a well-balanced pub ale smell. Has a great combination of the dry English malt and some flowery hops. Also has that trademarked smoky (steamy) aroma, like a BBQed beer.

The flavor is of a terrifically balanced pub ale taste, matching the parallel smells listed above. It does have an additional roasted malt, and more of that smokyness. Biscuity but has a *tiny* bitter finish.

It's slightly thick-feeling but smooth. No bite whatsoever, and thicker than you would think. It's a substantial ale but with a flowery -- and smoky -- depth. Very very good.

Photo of choyhosoi
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After reading various reviews about this beer I decided to try this brew. I must agree with the majority this is a good beer. It has a little bit of an aftertaste after awhile but nothing to make me not want to not buy another one. The color is amber and the smell was citrus like.

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

Purchased at Bi-Rite in Casper.

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber gold with a nice medium sized head of foam that sticks around for the entire session and it has good lacing.

The smell is pretty delicate but I get some hop bitterness and some roasted malt.

The taste is very good and flavourful. Roasted malt and grain that's semi sweet hits me first and then some caramel malt provides some sweetness and that's backed up by a good hop profile that adds some nice bitterness. It has a very good mouthfeel and has medium carbonation. The finish is all nice and bitter and it leaves a short but pleasing aftertaste. This is a *very* solid brew that I need to visit more often. I heartily recommend it!

Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber colour with a inch or so of head. Small lacing left right down the glass.
Smell is predominately caramel malt with some herbal aromas floating around in there too.
Sweet caramel malts come through again in the taste as well as some grassy flavours.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Biscuity aftertaste.
Quite a nice balanced beer that I would drink a lot of. Unfortunately it is sporadically available here and pretty bloody pricey ($5.95-7.99AUS) Otherwise it's be a 4 at least in the drinkability.

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

Damn this is a solid brew. Everything about this beer is good.

Poured a bomber (odd shape for a bomber) into a large pilsner glass.

Appearance - Transparent gold and copper with a 2 finger head. Good looking brew.

Smell - Floral-y citrus, with caramel and toasted malt.

Taste - Complex. Bitter from the get-go. Yum. The toasted malt makes an appearance before the citrusy finish. Very earthy. The best description: balanced.

Mouthfeel - Good. Near perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability - Great taste and low ABV. It doesn't get much more drinkable than that. Easily sessionable.

Well, I think this is my new session brew. Great flavor and cheap. BMC exclusive drinkers don't know what they are missing.

Photo of MMansfield
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks alot!

Appearance: Pours a golden copper colour with a big frothy white head, excellent retention. Leaves lace crawling up the glass.

Aroma: Caramel, bread, yeast. Smells very sweet, with a light floral hoppiness.

Taste: Citrus comes through in the flavour profile. Grapefruit like bitterness, caramel shows up here as well. Moderate hop bitterness and chewy. Still pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: More than medium bodied, creamy.

Final Statement: Now I understand why this is such a classic. This is just a good solid brew, a lager that drinks like an ale. A must try for any BA.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,200 ratings.