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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,002 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,002
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 140
Gots: 462 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001)
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Brohal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a really wonderful 22 oz brown bottle," Made in San Fransisco since 1896"
The beer looks a lovelly crystal clear darkish amber, with a 1 inch thick creamy white head..very good.
Nice clean aroma of slightly roasted malts and some spicy hopiness detected...fresh
The beer tastes a lovelly sweet, creamy ,chocolaty..with some small bitterness in the after taste.I really like this its a well balanced brew.
Very smooth on the tongue but does rough up a bit at the end.
Why did I wait so long to try this good old beer..its a great drinkable beer, simple yet great quality!

Reidrover, Jun 20, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JamieDuncan, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

MiguelMandingo, Jun 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definetely the type of beer that is good on a warm summer night, like tonight. Very refreshing indeed. Pours a medium golden/orange color with a nice head an inch thick. The head starts to disappear rather quickly, leaving some nice lacing. Aromas of malt and hops are dominant. Some hints of citrus and other fruits may also be present. Tastewise there is a sweet malty taste upfront followed by a bit of hop bitterness and some definite hints of citrus. This beer has a nice smooth and crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This beer was indeed refreshing on this hot night that I drank it. This beer is quite easy to drink indeed.

Eric

neenerzig, Aug 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Benish, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber/copper with a tightly knit head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave the inside of the glass a ton of love. Smell is very lager-esque, grainy but simultaneously complex and very much inviting. Taste is refreshingly hoppy but not overbearing, and of lightly toasted malt. Feel is refreshingly crisp, but overall comes off a bit thin; however, definitely something to enjoy in sequence. Overall a great brew. . . got into the whole "steam" scene while on a trip to the Bay area, and this certainly exemplifies it.

AEArider, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

AnitaBrewski, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Bones10, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from bottle.
Appearance - Bright orange-amber color with a nice creamy white head that
sticks around on the glass.
Smell - Can pick up hints of sweet malts with something else hiding in there but cannot tell.
Taste - Sweet malts, don't really pick up much hops as others say. Also some caramel infused to the taste. Thats the smell I could not pick up(caramel).
MF - Has perfect amount of carbonation goes down smooth.
Drinkability - This is what a "Beer" should taste like, could drink these in a session... matter of fact I think I will now ;)

MrHolland, Feb 28, 2006
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,002 ratings.