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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,233 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,233
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 679 | 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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Ratings: 5,233 | Reviews: 1,922
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a white head that thins. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly crisp and malty with just a slight suggestion of hops.

Taste is rather crisp and malty with just a slight fruitiness from the warm fermentation temps. Has a nicely balanced hop bitterness but the only trace of hop flavor is a mild suggestion in the afteraste. Finishes quite dry.

Meduim body, plenty of carbonation.

I can always drink one (or six) of these. This is the standard for the style, as they created it.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.


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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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