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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

5,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,058
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 489 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My old review of this beer was pure shit. It was back when I thought every beer had to be huge or insanely hoppy.

Just know this. Anchor Steam is a true American classic. It's everything Anchor intended it to be, and anyone that appreciates good beer should have one every once in a while to remind themselves of where the movement began (I know this isn't literally the first "craft" beer. Just one of the progenitors.)

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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Should Taste Before You Die" -- #27 of the ones I've reviewed here.

A pretty important beer for America, historically -- along with Sam Adams and a couple others it helped to kick off the microbrew revolution. Add to that on the East Coast it was never easy to get (it's not really *hard*, especially nowadays, but it's not omnipresent the way Sam Adams Boston Lager is) and it quickly developed a reputation (at least when it came out) as something extraordinary.

I like a lot of Anchor Brewing's beers, so I hope the Beer Gods don't curse me when I confess that I've never really been enthusiastic about their flagship beer. It's okay, but to my mind little more -- about on a par with Sam Adams Boston Lager, in fact. Pours a nice golden-caramel brown color but keeps no head, which may be part of the style (I don't know, actually) but is disappointing nonetheless. A mildly fruity nose which is pleasant. A very spritzy, effervescent mouthfeel, in fact I think that's probably the most notable thing about Anchor Steam, it has a consistency very different from most beers I know. The flavors are pleasant and well-balanced but nothing really extraordinary: some toast, some caramel, some hop bitterness, a rather nice, lingering finish that balances the malt and hops (the finish is very nice, actually).

It comes across as damning with faint praise, I know, but there you are. It's not a bad beer by any means, just to my mind rather overhyped (and overpriced, to be honest). What it really is, when all is said and done, is a solid session beer, not that far removed from Boston Lager. Folk who've drank a lot of Sam Adams and have never tried this really should, they'd probably like it a lot.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. ap: amber, short-lived head. sm: herbal hop. ta: medium sweetness and bitterness, minty. mo: light med body, oily texture. ov: full-flavoured, prickly carbonation. A beer that I okay, not good or bad. Best before date unreadable on label.

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4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer at Lombard's Restaurant at Universal Studios Florida. Was very pleasantly surprised to enjoy a good micro-brew at the theme park. Great taste with no bitterness. Paired it with the Turkey burger and calamari appetizer. I will have to find this one again.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,058 ratings.