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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: 645 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of BeerSox
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug. Brewed in August.

Crystal clear deep copper color. Off white head with good retention, thick from the high carbonation. Layers of sticky lacing make their way down the glass, making an appearance similar to a ringed-snake.

Musty malt aromas along with a light earthy hop aroma. Hints of honey like sweetness.

Very original flavors, some that I haven't tasted in any other beers. Starts off with relatively light malts, with light bits of noble hops. The finish is dry, but with more of a grainy malty taste. Sharp flavors come from the malts. The high carbonation in a lighter body gives it a crisp feel as well.

One-of-a-kind beer. Very complex and unique flavors can be found in this one. An American classic. Be sure to add this one to the list of beers to try.

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

Great color, a glowing reddish amber. Well carbonated. Head forms and dies pretty fast, but good lace.

Not getting a whole lot in the small department. Grassy with a zesty lemon-peel hoppyness. A nice, simple, aromatic smell.

A tad bitter. Hops are there but not overpowering. There's a real simple but charming quality to this beer. It could be a lot more malty but doesn't have much alcohol, a good call in my opinion.

Not a whole lot of complexity but I like it. Feels bubbly and refreshing in the mouth. The excellent drinkability and relatively low AbV make this a great session beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle> 16 oz. SA glass.
This brew is a brilliant amber, totally clear, big carbonation that easily creates a mighty fine smooth, creamy and even white head that dissipates only a bit and leaves plenty of froth hanging around.

Caramel-sweet malt on the nose much like a vienna lager and with it's sour/sweet yeatieness. Very hearty scent as well with a spicey balance that is pretty aromatic. Way down there's vanilla and nutmeg.

The flavor at first is this honey-soaked breadiness with caramel and vanilla currents riding along side. Herbal, spicey and hearty flavors create a unique and even balance. The hop flavor is spicey and wheatie, not at all green or bitter. The last element is a roast beefy flavor that comes from the hearty wheat and herbal yeast effect. Still, a complex brew.

Medium bodied, big, clean crispiness and a delightful smoothness right at the end.

When this stuff is fresh, which can be rare here on the East coast this stuff is amazingly easy to drink and a real joy. An American original (with taste!)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appereance: good head, retention is decent
Smell: faint apple. Caramel hops come out a little
Taste: Balanced, yet bitter. Hops are present balanced with caramel malts.
Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing.
Drinkability: easily a session beer.

This beer could go good with some tacos.

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

Poured a deep carmel color with a thick white head.
The smell was fruity with a carmel like maltiness to it as well. There was also some hoppiness in the smell that was very mild.
The taste was very crisp and refershing. Malt flavors of carmel and hop flavor as well. Citrus like taste in the end. Really nice and refershing.

Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dense white head reigns over a caramel body with a healthy amount of visible carbonation bubbles. Nose is malty with a hint of citrus and little if any evident hopping.

Taste is refreshing yet balanced and mellow. Tough to gauge by style since it's the only California common beer I've ever seen. It is unique, and well made. Slightlly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. I'd try it again, especially to ward off the indian summer we're currently experiencing here in central NC. Worth a try.

Photo of klewis
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6MG

A: Pours a caramel color with a big bubbly head with good sustain.

S: Neutral hop aroma with a slight vegetal smell.

T: Sweet with buttery malt flavors and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D: Nice for a session beer, but in the grand scheme of things, this is pretty average.

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

Poured with a nice fluffy white head.bout an 1 inch thick.A light coppery color,slightly hazy apperance.Has a fruity.burnt,carmel smell.not of a hop aroma.Tastes carmely,slight hint of a roasted coffee flavor,a very tastee brew.A nice clean dry finish a hint of citrus. A complex flavor. An interesting beer and very drinkable.
A must try beer.

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

Transparent copper red body with lots of carbonation. Big fluffy undulating off-white head. Good retention and lace.
Unassuming mild wheat scents and a bit of fruit.
Also mild on the palate. Yeast, grass, green leaf, hay and a slightly puckering hoppy aftertaste of moderate length.
Medium body with good coating. A good thirst quencher and session beer.


Photo of gonzo138
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours an amber color with white head thats laces very well

S- very light but noticable malt sweetness, nice and crisp on the nose

T- Nice light malty sweetness, with a little hop bite at the end, very refreshing

M- feels nice and light in the mouth, good carbonationed feel, taste does not linger in the mouth for long

D- a great session beer, goes down super smooth, light but very pleasant taste, a classic well made american beer

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger, sticky, foamy white head that lasts forever.

Smell is of faint hops, not much of a smell really. There is a little bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is unique. Its hard to pinpoint exact flavors but this isnt a bad thing. There is some hops bitterness, perhaps a little citrus present. Maybe a little bit of a wheat taste. There is also a little malt. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good and this brew is very drinkable. A great session beer. Despite there not being distinct flavors this is a good brew and if you haven't ever picked this up you should do so and give it a try. Despite it not being my favorite Anchor beer (the Liberty Ale is) this is solid.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a convience store on Rt. 1 in Newcastle. Pours a deep gold color. Can't smell much except a little bit like a macro. Taste is much better, similar to a pilsner but with more hoppy flavor and a slight citrus finish. Good mouthfeel Overall a really good beer. Price kinda sucks ($9.59 for a six pack) but worth having every once in a while.

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

Poured a clear, light, orange, copper with a huge, frothy, white head. Nice retention.

Subtle aroma of sweet malt with some floral notes.

This is a very smooth beer. Lightly, sweet malt up front that is balanced by a citrus, bitter finish. Neither the sweetness nor the bitterness is over-the-top, creating a smooth and refreshing test. A perfect compromise of beer with flavor that is still approachable to the under-developed palate.

Nicely carbonated with a light/medium body, this is a very drinkable session beer.

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

11 April 2006, Best Before Jun 07

Anchor Steam is an amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour is a fairly even balance between toasted malt and leafy, herbal hops. It's also rather creamy and has some bubblegum sweetness. Didn’t mind this.

Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with a medium white head that hands in there. Noticable malty aroma. Good taste, malty, smooth pleasant with no harsh aftertaste. Rich mouthfeel and very drinkable. This would be a top choice at a restaurant with food and right up there with Yeungling, Sam Adams Boston Lager and SNPL as a regular every-day favorite.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Two finger tan head perfectly fills the glass to the rim. Crystal clear amber/golden color.

Smell is malty. Can only just notice a touch of hops.

Flavor is sweet malt up front followed by a slight smokiness and a little floral dandelion flavor. Nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily.

An excellent session or ballgame beer. Highly drinkable.

Photo of pweis909
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review based on three bottles consumed over 3-day period.

This bottles served up an amber beer with a thin foam.

Both malt and some fruity aromas were noted. These aromas were not strong, but pleasant.

The malt in the taste reminded me of some Euro pilsner malts, and the hoppy bitterness was strong.

The beer satisifingly coated my mouth.

The malt and the smooth mouth, makes this a pleasure to drink. The bitter finish is just a little harsh at first, not my favorite hops, but the malt is so good.

Photo of medic25
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass; pretty amber color with a tannish-white head that quickly dissipated. Pleasant, malty, sweet aroma. Flavor is well balanced; slightly bitter from the hops, but not overpowering and definitely not unpleasant. Nicely carbonated; this beer goes down very easily. This would be a beer I could drink very easily all night.

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

Appearance - Poured nice into a open glass. Slight head formed with no lasting presence. A bit of lace but none to speak of. Amber color, clear.

Smell - Malty and hoppy (with malt in the forefront).

Taste - Nice heavy feel to bring me into the fall time of the year. I've been drinking far too many hefe's (as mentioned by a previous reviewer) and this was a nice change. A very nice malty taste with only a very slight bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice body with a full feel. Good american lager taste with a dense presence.

Drinkability - Sure, I'll have another. A lot smoother than many lagers that try too hard to be too much.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently to break out of the hefe's and witbier's that I've been enjoying lately. Summer's gonna end soon, and as the weather cools, I'll need to adjust to heavier and hoppier beers. Thankfully, this one has always been one of my old standby's, and it's always had a great drinkablity and timelessness to it. Before I really got into drinking craft beers and microbrews, this was one of the first non-macro's that I enjoyed, and to this day, it's still up there in my view!

Great pour - a very nice burnt orange hue to it, generous head, and lots of carbonation, to boot. The lacing could have been better, but that's about the only problem I have with this beer. The taste is simply amazing, in that it never hits ya over the head, but it very slowy and subtly grows as the beer warms and the serving gets further and further down the glass. Floral, citrus, metallic, leather, and hop notes can all be felt here, but the bitterness is not as overt as it is in Sierra Nevada's or Stone's offerings. The bitterness is just right, lingers nicely, and the carbonation and foaming in the front as I swish it balance it out perfectly.

For the summer - it's light and filling. For the colder months, it has a very nice warming effect without breaking me into a sweat. For the novice drinker, the 4.90% ABV is a perfect reason to use this as a session beer and an introduction into offerings from the West Coast. This is a less-spicy version of Anchor's Special Ale and just as solidly crafted as their other non-flagship offerings. I can't say enough great things about this beer. Just as Todd said, everyone should try this once!

P.S. - I love this bottle shape!

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into chilled pint glass.

Great color. Orange/amber, slightly cloudy. Very low head.

Pleasant fruity smell with a slight bit of hops.

Strong but mellow taste. Not overly better. Citrus taste definetely comes through. Unique and very pleasant. Slightly heavy mouthfeel.

Overall, a great but not remarkable beer. Highly drinkable, and far above average. Reccomended for sure.

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

12oz bottle

Anchor Steam was amber in color and clear, and had a nice head. After a few minutes only a thin layer was left, but did leave some lacing. There were some hops in the aroma. The taste was good. A light malt flavor with plenty of hops. The Northern Brewer hops are a nice change from what I'm used to. It was medium in both body and carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a golden orange with off-white head that dissipates quickly, with okay lacing. Aroma, while not bad, was nothing real noticeable. Flavor was okay, and this had a decent palate. I did not care for this as much as other Anchor Beers (Old Foghorn and Liberty), but I may have just gotten a bad bottle and may very well try again. This one just didn’t do much for me.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is good, clear with a nice colour but slightly thin head.
Malty caramel aroma with some hop presence and a little alcohol. Pleasing grainy malt flavour backed with a good hop flavour, almost wood-like. Medium body and carbonation, with a faint alcohol warmth. Very refreshing and drinkable for a beer with this much flavour.

Photo of Damian
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep crimson-amber with a large, pillowy head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma was intensely hoppy with some malts becoming noticeable mid-glass.

Taste was similar to smell. Hoppy and bitter from start to finish. The beer seemed to have a slight metallic taste at first, but this later subsided.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel.

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