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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

5,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,139
Reviews: 1,901
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 148
Gots: 590 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam pours a darker clear amber color with a nice large lacing head. There is a weak aroma, but has bitter and floral notes. The taste is a bit bitter, and has long drawn out floral notes. A bit watery, but nice flavors, easy to drink. Overall a solid beer.

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3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Clear dark amber with 1.5 off white head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A little citrus hops with some peatiness.

T - Dry, peat, and bitter. Dry finish. Nothing super standout.

O - A decently refreshing beer but nothing too exciting.

7/23 revisited. Have a new appreciation for this brew, great creamy, biscuit, nutty malt flavors, crisp and refreshing.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(3AA printed on bottle, translates to April 1, 2013 born date)

L: copper, bronze ... a lot of orange in it, burnt orange; thick 1 1/4-inch head or more, really explodes off a hard pour, nice light tan color; crystal clear, plenty of bubbles floating up in column; the color combination is fantastic -- burnt orange topped by tan, an earth-tone lovers dream; head is sticky

S: grain ... lots of grain when cold; spicy hops are present in a very light form, under the grain; as it warms up, wow! loads of bready, yeasty malt ... sweet, sweet and sweet; always get just a pinch of pepper in the nose

T: strong bitter bite inside a lot of grain with some malt sweetness at the end -- in other words, good. loads of taste, and the hop bite seems just a hair different than others ... the bitter is there, but I'm not detecting an overload of any taste note, maybe just the slightest hint of grass and spice. the upshot is it seems to be letting the solid malt backbone permeate the brew and allow for a really good sweet balance

F: good carbonation despite a strong pour that produced a big head

O: the brew lives up to the reputation ... it's so full of taste, and the thing I like most might be that it seems just different enough from other styles to be it's own thing -- it's very much a mix of czech and german pilseners and the good english-style malty euro pale lager, but it's not exactly like any one of those styles (at least not for me).

i will be purchasing more of this beer. it's light enough for the summer and tasty enough for the winter -- as good a lager as I've run across in the 5.0% ABV and under world.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear copper color amber with plenty of foam and good retention. Bubbles rising from the bottom. Beige head that left soapy wet lace and a layer on top. Very pretty beer. Nose is simple. A touch of sour yeast, some caramel malt and a bit of fruit. Malt is a touch toasted and grainy. First taste is some light citrus that washes over the palate like a gushing stream, then some hop bitter settles in on the mid palate. The malt is smooth toasted grain. There's a light sweetness and lager yeast. The malt is woody and earthy. The body of the beer is medium/ light and smooth. To look at it you would think it's very sweet but it isn't. It drinks so easily that you never notice how fat the malt is. Finish is dry and grainy.

This beer has a classic and clean taste that is enjoyable to say the least. The hops are soft yet bitter and drinks like a lazy afternoon. Friendly and approachable. Would pair well with black bean burgers and would compliment a variety of vegetarian dishes. Would also go well with spicy foods like chili or sweetly smoky foods like barbecue. It's versatile.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,139 ratings.