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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

5,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,918
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 160
Gots: 646 | 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 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.

Photo of icemonkey908
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented from the tap in a pint glass. Very clear with an amber hue and a couple fingers of head. The beer smells like bread with hints of fruit. Wow, the taste is very refreshing, clean, fresh, and crisp. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer. I don't know how I missed this one for so long!

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

Part five in the Unorganized Invitation brings us to Anchor Steam Beer. Time to try to out:

In color, the beer is amber in color with a soild, desne head. The flavor is dominated by toasty malts, and it's damn tasty. A little fruity underneath the toasty flavor, creamy, and thick. Yum. I've found another option for a session brew.

I had hopes for this beer, and boy it did it hit the spot. It just took the lead in the Unorganized Invitational from it's brother Anchor Bock. It'll have to hold off New Belgium's 1554 to secure the title.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a beautiful dark brownish amber, while head is thin but fine. Aroma is weak but pleasant, decidedly malty. (However, my allergy was acting up some when I tried this.) Flavor is rich, malty and bitter with a snipped of fruit undertone. Jazzy, zingy, nice and rough, it is a pleasant and refreshing, if not spectacular, lager.

Photo of Brad007
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper color. Aroma is somewhat malty. Taste is somewhat of a cross between a lager and an ale, as expected. Some fruitiness of an ale balanced with the smoothness of a lager. Interesting combination of styles. Apparently, Steam beer is a style that's not prdouced as often anymore.

Photo of bosco7
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color; no chill haze; creamy head; quality lacing.

Aromas include peach, earth, and caramel malt.

This is such a unique beer. Fruit like quality from the esters produced at higher temperatures during fermentation and a spicy clean finish that lager yeast strains are known for. Love the contrast. Hops are well pronounced and quite floral. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

This is the perfect summer companion. Easy to drink all day/night. Can't find anything that comes even close to this beer as far as quality and uniqueness. Pairs well with any pasta dish.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful clear amber with a rocky head. smells of biscuity, buttery, bready malts with some sour fruit mixed in. taste is almost dry upfront and quite crisp overall, somewhat astringent. decent amount of hops but they play a supporting role here. light in body and very drinkable at this abv. as the beer that revived brewing in this country i suppose i should give it higher marks but i prefer their liberty ale.

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

A - Dark orange color. Head is fluffy and dark white. Lacing is strong.

S - Smell is spicy. Ginger, cinnamon and dark bready malts.

T - Spicy malt taste. Same spices mentioned before but now more peppery.

M - Medium consistency. Carbonation is at just the right level.

D - Very drinkable beer. Spicy malts make the taste and smell very interesting. Head retains to the last drop.

Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear amber with a nice white head that lingers for a decent amount of time. Just a nice-looking beer.

S- Strong malty aroma. Almost bock-like. Hops add just a touch of grassy aroma.

T- Malts once again dominate. Nice caramel flavors are complemented beautifully by the spicy hops. Bitterness is moderate and balances the beer out nicely.

M- Nice medium body and good carbonation. Solid.

D- Excellent. I could have several of these no problem. Great session potential.

Great beer. I can see why this beer is so popular. There's nothing really fancy about it; it's just straight-up flavorful and drinkable. Give it a try if you haven't already done so. Recommended.

Photo of Illini5596
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Revisiting this beer to give a more full review. When I first cut my teeth on this beer in 2005, I was just getting into the world of real craft beers. Prior to that I only had experience with a handful of craft beers and while a bit of a beer snob, I was not the connoisseur I am today.

Head is rather impressive and very foamy with some lingering lace, easily an inch and a half of head after the pour. The head has a creamy texture, which isn't very sticky at all, even the lace is frothy and foamy in comparison to other beers. Color is a beautiful amber, and crystal clear.

The smell is full of grains, hops, and a fresh cleanness that I associate with steam beer in general.

This is still one of my favorite "every day" beers. It isn't too strong, yet has a lot of character. The taste begins sweep and slightly sharp, hints of citrus and hops, then smooths out to a nice biscuit creamy full flavor that leaves you with a refreshing after taste.

Mouthfeel is very soft, velvety and satisfying.

Still one of the most drinkable beers around. I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.

====Old Review is below====

I've had Anchor Steam in both the bottle and on tap, it's an excellent experience either way. It has become my defacto beer of choice when I can find nothing else on the menu. I'm not saying it is strictly a fall back beer, it's pretty much my ale of choice all things being equal, and it is a right enjoyable brew. It just tends to show up as one of the few good beers on some of lists in town, when I'm not at a true beer drinker's bar.

While not as excellent as some beers, don't be surprised when this one turns out to be one of your favorites. It's good old reliable, good to the core, and a good beer to start out any night.

Photo of Stephen63
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Attractive almost reddish colour with patchy head once it had quickly dissipated.

S - Mostly malt, slightly floral.

T - Sublte with only mild hops and buttery taste.

M - A bit fizzy for my liking.

D - Extremely makes a great six pack.

Anchor Steam deserves its classic status and is a very dependable beer, like an old friend. Subtleness is its strength.

Photo of BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting brew. Nice old-penny copper colour, and a respectable light tan head.

Bready, malty smell, reminiscent of an English pale ale.

Taste is a bit more industrial. Yeast, malty flavour but a noticeable metallic tinge. Not quite sure of the source, but I've noticed this in English pale ales before, and some lagers.

Decent mouthfeel, but despite its shortcomings in the taste department this is an oddly drinkable beer.

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

Brown 355ml bottle, best before Oct 2008, drank Apr 2007.

Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip glass, dull copper, hazy more than cloudy. A good white head and carbonisation rising through the beer to replenish the head as it shrank away.

Aroma of malt biscuits and some caramel.

Unremarkable taste, barley malts and not a lot of anything.

A slight bitterness does linger in the aftertaste, but there is no great body to this beer, it isn't watery by any means, but there just isn't much too it either.

A little disappointed with this one really, was expecting more flavour and a better mouthfeel from a beer most beer lovers in the UK have at least heard of, if not tried.

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

I've had this beer before, before I was a member of BA!

I had some again today, so I'll review it...

Poured in to a pint glass, copper color with a small bone white head leaving some lacing.

Smells malty/watery.

Tastes better than it smells, sweet carmel malt, slight hop bite at the finish.

Easy on the palate, nothing here really makes the beer stand out, but it has fairly good balance.

Could easily become a session beer for me, good drinkable brew from Anchor.

Photo of Duster72
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with little to no head. Aroma is a mild yeast with some malts. Taste is refreshing with some sweet malts and a mild bitter finish. I drank the bottle in less than 10 minutes, so very drinkable and very sessionable. Excellent beer.

Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. At first the aroma is fruity, then caramel malt becomes apparent. Caramel malt and a nice hop presence make for a classic beer. Sessionable and recommended.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying the beer I've heard so much about. Must admit, it did not disappoint.

Appearance: Coppery yet clear color with a 2-fingered head count at the beginning. Good looking brew.

Smell: Nice overall aroma. Hoppy aroma with almost a leathery scent to it.

Taste: Slighty hop tang, which I thoroughly enjoyed, followed by a dried fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight to weak overall mouthfeel. Easygoing beer.

Drinkability: Overall, this was a nice beer. Easy on the eyes and easy going down. A great session beer. I feel like I could drink several of these and not be disappointed.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hadn't had this beer in 10 years, and a lots happened to me and the world of beer since then. It is a substantial lager, lightly sweet and heavily malted. Not bad, but hardly an assault on the senses. I'd give it a weak recommendation.

The beer is a pleasing golden amber with decent had that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is lightly sweet and just a bit hoppy. There is very little hoppiness in the flavor, which is rather malty and very sweet which was OK. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, and pleasant.

Photo of chrhowe
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Has a copper, milky look with a generous head that has a medium lace. Caramel and nuts come out in the smell with some hops and a bit of bread too. I tasted the bread first followed by the caramel and nuts. Finishes up with the hops, you can tell they are there for sure. It's strong in the mouth, but enjoyable. Definitely a drinkable beer. One for the future sipping.

Photo of wagenvolks
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is a golden-copper-amber mix with a moderate amount of cream head. Aroma has some vanilla, wheat, rice, and sour metallic notes. Very faintly reminds me of a budweiser. (not a good thing)

Taste has some maltiness to it, with a sour, astringent grassy hop note and a metallic copper flavor. It's overly carbonated with an unpleasant tasting hop/metal aftertaste. Not especially tasty or easy to drink. It sure looked good, but damn, I just don't see what everyone is nutting over with this one...

Photo of IceStation
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put; the very best of the best. Expensive, but worth it. My general everyday beer. Great creamy head. Smooth as a payne of glass!

Generally drink in bottles. My package store keeps on hand for me. $8.99/rack. Trying to find in a restaurant/bar on the East Coast? GOOD LUCK! Seved on tap at Jivelli's in Maverick Square in East Boston -the only place I have ever been in East of California that has it. Anybody know of another place? Temendous as a session brew.

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

Poured a crisp orange with a diminishing head. The aroma was a great blend of caramel and pale hops balanced with earthy citrus hops. The taste had a great malt sweetness in the initial and a great hop bite in the finish. The beer was light and crisp on the palate. This is a great session beer.

Photo of soupyman10
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this after hearing so many rave reviews on BA and from friends. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a fairly reddish copper color, almost amber but not quite. A little bit of lacing after one finger head faded. Smell was mostly malty, bready. Taste was a lot of bread and grain. Slight sweet maltiness, and even slighter hop aftertate. Overall, though ,the grainer texture and taste dominates, with a more standard lager flavor following up. Feel is fairly thin bodied, with that grainy texture and medium carbonation. Um...I dunno. I feel like I'm supposed to like this beer - it's unique and...fairly acclaimed - but I didn't. It's definitely better than your standard macro-lagers, or even most lagers overall. I guess it'd be sessionable if I was forced to drink lagers, but it's just not great.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, VA.

A: Nice burnt copper/amber color with a slight 1 finger head and virtually no lacing.

S: Malty/bready sweet smell.

T: Slightly burnt-like malty goodness. Pilsner-like, but more roasted. Reminds me of fire-brewed Stroh's on steriods.

M: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Good carbonation tingle and balance.

D: Good beer, not over the top and easy to session.

Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden brown color. One finger head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: It's a bit malty with some toffee or caramel fragrances. I'm actually picking up peppery (spicy) smell. I'm picking up any type of hops really. All in all, not bad, but not flashy.

Taste: Primarily this has a strong biscuity or yeast-like taste. The caramel or toffee notes blend very nicely. It also has a nice malty taste to it. There are a bit of hops, but it's mostly a malty taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and leaves a dry taste in my mouth. But, it's very drinkable. Overall, this is a classic, very good beer. Definitely recommended.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,201 ratings.