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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

1,943 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,943
Hads: 5,562
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 191
Gots: 957 | 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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Photo of HoppitySam
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled yesterday (12/30/14).

Poured from bottle into rock glass, 42F.

Nice tasty non-traditional lager with barley forward, slight hop finish. Easy to drink, not too heavy. No CO2 carbonation, only natural carbonation and traditional brewing methods. A real pleasure to enjoy and one of my favorite lagers.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-17-14, poured into a shaker pint glass. Clear reddish gold color, one finger white thick head, pretty good retention and nice lace. Aroma is malty, with some light grassy notes. Taste was malty, like the aroma, with some peppery flavors and just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but very crisp, almost dry. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, quenched my thirst very nicely.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'd like to go back and try this again, because I remember it being just okay and want to give it another chance. It tastes more like a lager than it does like an ale, but given how uncommon the style (steam beer) is now, it very well could have different tastes based on that.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper color, nice thick foamy head and good lace retention.
Aroma is hard to decipher at first but becomes apparent as drink warms. At first a fruity, strawberry like essence. I also smell the malts as well as a slight floral aroma. Towards the end, a citrus aroma takes over.
Hoppy bitter taste predominates but the malt backbone is there. Also there is a fruity grapefruit like finish. Although it has a low ABV, the mouthfeel is medium and slick.

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Photo of interzen
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle (BBE October 2016) poured into a Troubador tulip glass

Look: Coppery red, single fingers-width of off-white head - some lacing, nothing major.

Smell: Not a lot to it, really, even after letting it stand for a while at room temperature and a bit of additional in-the-glass agitation. Floral and grain notes, mainly.

Taste: Oddly light - the best word to describe it would be 'clean'. It's got a hoppy-malty-fruity taste and lacks the usual bitter aftertaste. If anything, the aftertaste is more fruity than anything. Nothing to shout about, but definitely refreshing.

Feel: Again, a fairly light feel to it - some carbonation but manages not to be excessively 'fizzy'. Would be an eminently drinkable 'summer' brew.

Overall: not a style of beer I'm overly familiar with - I can't think of anything comparable in the UK off the top of my head - it's not a bitter and it sure as hell isn't like a lager either. Either way, given a choice I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Amber. Leaves little lace.
Smell: Honey, floral.
Taste: Bitter, malt, citrus.

This is excellent. Very dry. Has a nice bitter bite to it. Very unique. I will certainly get it again.

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

12 oz. bottle, bottling code ILH on the back label, whatever that means. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack. My first time trying this supposed classic beer from Anchor Brewing Company.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery golden orange body, not unlike that of an IPA really, with about two fingers of creamy off-white head. Leaves behind moderate thick lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - A somewhat light yet pleasant aroma. Creamy yeast esters, toasted grains, & some light herbal / fruity hop qualities in the form of an appley / cidery sort of aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - toasty grains, brown bread, mustiness, yeastiness, creaminess, some fruity apple-ish cider flavors, lightly herbal, and with a slight metallic note on the finish. Very tasty; simple, yet refined.

M - The feel is crisp & clean, with a residual bitterness / dryness on the palate. Light-bodied with good carbonation; very easy drinking.

Overall, an exceptional take on the Callifornia common / Steam beer style from Anchor Brewing. Definitely a beer I would be interested in having more of. Very recommended, especially for the style.

Anchor Steam Beer -----4/5.

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Photo of UnicornProfessor
1/5  rDev -74%

The only beer I didn't finish on my Old Chicago World Beer Tour. I tried it about 2 years later, thinking it might have been a bad batch...it wasn't. My taste buds flip inside out to avoid the taste of Anchor Steam. Yecch!

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

A classic! Pours deep amber with a white head. Aroma is big time caramel and sweet. Light bodied, well carbed and easy drinking. That sweet caramel carries through very well to the palate with a bit of earthy hop character and a clean finish. Could be a great session beer, I don't think there's ever a bad time to crack one of these. This is a very well made beer.

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Photo of WillWillows
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a dark golden color, generous head, nose smell was the good beer smell. The head stayed right with it while I drank. Mouth feels good, not bitter aftertaste. Nice hop taste, smooth and tasty. Good beer. Drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

A- Anchor Steam pours a very thick white head. Nice lacing. It is dark orange/copper. There are tiny, if any at all, particles floating around. But mostly a light haze to the look.

S- I get a big spicy note out of this beer. A little bit of caramel. Brown bread crust and an underlying grainy scent (not adjunct in nature).

T- Big spicy flavor. Light caramel. Grains, but clean tasting. No adjuncts here in taste or brewing process. Hops are there for sure. Lightly floral. There is some kind of undertone of some funkyness or bitterness there too. That aspect is hard to describe in words. It's got ale and lager type tastes. It's like a sophisticated Yuengling. If you like that beer, this one is right up your alley.

M- Light to medium. Crisp, clean, and refreshing for sure. Pretty dry finishing beer. Carbonation plays well with the hop spice if that makes sense. Also has a good clean water taste.

*Overall this is a pretty unique tasting beer and style. Never had anything like it. It's like an ale, but it's a lager in style and taste as well. Some of the flavors are hard to describe without sitting down with a glass of Anchor Steam and figuring it out on your own. But that makes reviewing and tasting beer fun. It would be great with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, barbeque, or any grilled meats. Solid beer all around!

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Photo of dcscientist
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

When in SF, you pretty much have to have an Anchor Steam. It's available everywhere, and it's what the locals drink. Goes great with seafood, as you would expect. Nice dark beer, and the style is better than that of a generic brown as far as I'm concerned. At some point I should try some other Anchor beers too.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, a golden bright copper color with a full finger of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a thin lacing of foam.

Aroma: Nice toasted malt, with some toffee, black pepper.

Taste: Malty, and pretty spicy, slightly sweet and just a little hops, hint of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied Moderate carbonation.

Overall, always wanted to try it, Nice historic beer that seems to stay within its style. It is a little middle of the road for me, but I wanted to experience this style. I would like to try it with seafood, perhaps a Cioppino, or crabs. Cheers!

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

I'm in love with California made beers.. perhaps I'm biased, as I'm from the great Golden State. ;) This beer is delicious, plain and simple. Has a good amount of bitterness to it, but it's a pleasant one. I like it straight out of the bottle, and I love supporting CA. :)

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Photo of Forgottensaints
3/5  rDev -22.1%

It's ok it's pretty damn pricy here in NYC. I've only had this when friends had it in there fridge. I would never buy it. Give me a lagonitas IPA instead.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Nose: caramel toastiness with fruit, mint to pine.
Brilliant deep gold to amber under a 2" bone white finely bubbled foam cap that quickly dissipates to a thick film, lacy.
Palate: Grainy, toasty rather than roasty malt, light fruit, a hint of melon, woody rustic hops, minty, slight acid tang with a long grainy, hoppy finish.
Medium body with carbonation just above average, creamy,

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Photo of dippy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

This beer is much better than this app! Nice balance. Malty with the right spicy hop notes to bring it into focus. A nice brown with a prolific head after a hard pour. Nice lacing on the glass. Classic brew.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden/amber color with a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes or English muffins. I also get notes of caramel, black pepper and maybe a touch of orange peel and coriander. Finally, I’m also getting some grassy/floral aromas of clover or honeysuckle.

Taste: Delicious! Malty, slightly spicy, slightly sweet and slightly hoppy. Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of cereal or whole grain crackers, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and a touch of black pepper. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of well-balanced hoppy bitterness. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy as there is very little to no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: A great beer! Malty and delicious! Definitely worth the legendary status that it has earned. I’m certainly getting much more of this!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

A: very clear; bronze colored; 1 finger egg shell head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: nice balance between caramel malt and earthy hops;

T: follows the nose with moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; carbonation is slightly prickly;

O: nice beer; not something I would seek out;

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Photo of JTuomi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

355 ml bottle (bb 1 2016) into a pilsner pokal. Clear pale amber color, three finger white foamy head with good retention and really nice spiral lacing.

Sweet malty smell. Soft and clean taste of grainy malt with a fruity note on the background, dry finish with a slight hop bitterness to balance the taste, moderately bitter hoppy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, soft and creamy mouthfeel, drinkable.

I happened to watch the episode of Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter about this brewery, having this beer in my fridge. The program gave a pleasant image about the brewer and I think that made this beer taste even better when I had it on the next evening. Good beer that tastes like a beer should. Nice looking bottle and label.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

My first of this variety so not sure how it compares. Other than that, it's ok, nothing remarkable. I don't think I would buy again but would drink if offered one.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance 4/5: Nice, dark golden amber color. Spectacular lacing!
Smell 3.5/5: Slightly spicy, malty and whenever I think of a classic "beer smell" Anchor Steam is what I think of.
Taste 3.75/5: Clean and bright. Someone else described it as slightly spicy and I have to agree. Seems to have black pepper notes nicely balanced with the smooth, creamy maltiness.
Mouthfeel 3.5/5: Little carbonation, thin but not watery.
Overall 3.75/5: Excellent beer. Simply not my favorite style of beer but certainly unique. A classic and something easy to drink. Highly recommend to keep a sixer stocked in the fridge.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours translucent honey gold. The huge two inch eggshell head remains as a thick cap on top and leaves strands of lace.

The smell is of buttered biscuit and dust.

The taste is of grains, bread and faint caramel with a hint of hop bitterness.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

Grain and bread flavor dominates. A solid, classic brew.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Copper color with a head that died to a thin ring.. spotty lace.. the smell is fruit, pear, clean malt sweetness.. tatse is the same fruit mostly a pear, tartness, yeast, very slight caramel.. thin lager body.. its decent for what it is.. would probably rate it lower if not rating for style.. just not a huge fan of the past 3 anchor beers i tryed.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Dense, rocky, off-white head; clear, copper body. Aroma immediately gives off caramel with cool, earthy hops. Flavor is predominantly rich, toasted malt and hop bitterness with a lingering grainy malt quality in the finish. Medium body; crisp, substantial carbonation.

Crisp and refreshing with considerable bitterness complemented nicely by the malty sweetness. Alcohol flavor still comes through in the finish despite the 4.9% ABV.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,943 ratings.