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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

1,932 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 5,515
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 185
Gots: 923 | 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 grynder33
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a light amberish gold,virtually no head to speak of,had a little bit of a feed bin grain aroma, but thats it.It had a pleasant enough sweet and hop taste, nice but somewhat thin malt hop balance and goes out with a distinct hop aftertaste. Smoother and sweeter than the macros, about the best I can say for it.

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Photo of silks636
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date indicated.

Light golden amber in color. A touch of haze with a medium white head. Decent retention, little lacing. A few quick swirls reveal a light earthy aroma with hints of bread and caramel. Taste begins with a quick flash of sweetness but that is quickly overcome by a salty citric flavor. Definitely hits you, but is not at all unpleasant. Finishes up with a nice toasted malt that ends with a crisp bitterness. Carbonation is vigorous and mouthfeel is light and clean. Very easy drinking and an excellent thirst quencher on a warm evening.

This was one of my first introductions to good beer and has always been a fall back brew for me. Just had to review it as it is simply a classic. After a few tastes to review I paired it up with a few slices of colby-jack cheese... absolutely wonderful!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, this beer had a clear amber color and a modest, sticky white head and moderate lace.
Smell was fruity and sweet, with mild citrus notes.
Taste was malt up front with a fruity, floral taste and a hint of salt. Finish was somewhat bitter.
Feel was medium-bodied, crisp, and clean.
Overall, a pretty tasty beer. Rather unique taste and good balance make for easy drinkability. Doesn't push the envelope as far as taste goes. A good starter beer for someone needing to be weaned off of macros.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste is subjective and all that, and this beer didn't do too much for me. It starts off well with a nice head which quickly goes down to a lace. It has a nice amber color. The smell is nothing special, but not bad. Same for the taste. As others have mentioned, it has a bite and has a nice hop finish. The hops finish isn't really balanced against any other flavor so the finish ends up distracting from the final taste. It seems to have not much of a taste until the aftertaste. I'm not unhappy with this beer, but it doesn't satisfy me either. This is the only beer I've tried within the "steam" style.

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Photo of Nytemare
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange, mild carbonation, with an off white head. Quite pleasing to the eye. The nose was malt and hops, with some spice and citrus. Quite a nose full. Smells good. Tastes like malt, salt, light hops bitterness and some citrus. A little bit on the sour side with the aftertaste. Really unique. Smooth and oily mouthfeel. Clings to everything. All around very unique. Definately something I would pick up again, but not something I'd want to drink every day.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber color with a modest white head of about 1/2" (probably due to the bartender maximizing the liquid in the glass). Head shrinks to a layer of bubbles at the surface within a minute. Some kickass lacing as this beer was quaffed.

Smell: Great balance of a trio of aroma profiles: Citrusy/floral hops (faint grapefruit), bitter hops (sprucy), and the pale malt. No one smell dominated the other.

Taste: Restrained bitter hops and sweet pale malts. Great balance between the two. Kinda salty. It's like and IPA and a lager at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy in mouthfeel, more than you would expect given the color. Quite smooth, to boot.

Drinkability: A session beer that could satisfy a hophead, a maltoid, and a new convert to good beer. It has something for the first two to like, and won't scare the newbie.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 22 oz. bottle pours a big foamy head atop an amber body. First sips are sweet without being cloying. A slight impression of pear nectar. A bitter hop taste in the back of the mouth mars an otherwise clean finish (or enhances it, as your preference may be). Midway through, I get a more hearty or "rough" hoppy smell and taste, ending with a more malty profile as it warms. This does have the signs of being a "frontier" beer with its western American hop profile, but a great session beer.

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Photo of Zraly
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice nutty, orange color with a slightly tannish head. Smells of candy, bubble-gum, and fruit leather. Fair lacing.

This beer is delicious. Bready notes with caramel hints that finish softly on the palate. Fully flavored, medium bodied. Semi-creamy, nutty character in the mouthfeel. Malty and clean. Slight lemony flavors and a subtle orange peel hop finish to compliment. The hops give the utmost, pleasantly dry finish. This beer has style.

What a beautiful thing. A real treat for any beer lover. I'm gonna try cooking with it.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid "above average brew." The beer pours a medium golden with a good creamy head. Aromas of malt dominate as they do in the mouth. The texture is fine with a round medium bodied feel. The taste is pleasantly malty, and almost a tad sweet. A little fruitiness can be found as well. A nice tuesday night beer that happens to work better as a food beer than a sipper to me. I served this with halibut in parchment paper using lots of vegetables an Asian flavors. Delicious, and the beer was just right. This is a solid workhorse beer that is priced right and delivers nicely.

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

Dark orange/amber in color with a fizzy but defined head. A citrus, hop aroma with some other things going on here as well...sulfur? Taste is very unique. Smooth malts, crisp hops with a citrus hop characteristic. I can't do the taste description justice here. Everyone should try this one. Lasting flavors, very nice drinkability. Too bad there are not more beers out there like this...maybe Anchor should release their copyright of the term "Steam Beer"...?

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 17 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This pours a clear amber color with a small head.
Flavor: it tastes crisp clean flavor. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. I'm sure that before the growth of microbrews that this beer really stood out. Now, it's pretty middle of the road.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic...and a perfect session beer...I'm surprised at how much I like this...very nice toasty malt nose...blalanced but definitely leans on the malt side...good breadiness present..also a nice crisp toastiness and a bit of caramel....hopping is in the background but complements nicely with an herbal/floral presence...finishes slightly dry....

Poured an orangish copper with not much head...body is medium..this feels like it has some character to it...

I always thought this was one of those "egend" beers whose name is bigger than its taste....I was wrong...this is a great session beer along the lines of a solid amber or marzen....unique and tasty...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an enticing copper color and pours with a light beige head. There is not a huge amount of aroma to it, it smells clean, malty and a bit of floral grassiness to it. A light sweet/ malty taste up front that finishes with a good bitterness. This beer is about perfect balance between the hop and the malt. Just a wonderful beer that, because of its popularity/ availability, of the gets short shrift. In my mind this is one of the great everyday drinking beers.

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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. It pours a nice golden color with a medium head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little hoppy, but the wheat is very prevalent in the nose. Nice aroma. The flavor is a littly malty, a little hoppy, and a little sweet. Great blend of tastes. It is very easy to drink and I think it is a great Summer beer. I've had this several times again and it hasn't disappointed.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a dark copper color with two fingers of head that stay along for the ride. There is some lacing left on the glass. The smell is grassy, piney, and malty. A very nice aroma that fills the nostrils. The taste starts out with a light bit of sweet malt and caramel. The taste ends grassy and a little hoppy. A very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is just a little light, not too bad. The drinkability is very nice, as this isn't even 5% abv. Too bad others don't make this style.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never tried this on tap and its been awhile since I have had this period so I figured to give it a try yesterday and review it again this time on tap.Pours a deep copper color with light to medium head,a lighter aroma is sweet with a lingering hop presence.The taste is nice and balanced of sweet caramel malt and a dry fruity finish,a very sold American beer a real cant miss selection in my mind.

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Photo of Webby64
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper, amber color with a slight haze and a good head which stuck around fer awhile. Smell was malty and touch of carmel, very nice. Taste was complex, lil bit of bite (hops) but malt and other well established but simple tastes are present. It is obvious that this beer has been around awhile. I am not too wordy today. I will say, this is very fine beer and I will definately get it again!


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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice copper color with a full, lingering head that laces the glass quite nicely.

Smell – Very pleasant, light aroma of hops, fruits, and even some grain.

Taste – Interesting mix of malts and hops. There’s a touch of sweetness in there as well, especially at the finish. There’s also a sour shadow in the flavor that I can’t quite pick out that I find distracting. It tastes almost like I tossed a lemon in the glass, but I didn’t.

Mouthfeel – This beer has a great mouthfeel. It’s rightly carbonated, thirst-quenching, saliva-activating, and goes down smooth.

Drinkability – This one goes down fine and stands out from the rest of the crowd. It is my wife’s favorite beer to drink, especially in the summer months.

Comments – The sour twang keeps this one off of my, “favorites,” list, but it’s interesting and unique.

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Photo of marburg
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceedingly simple yet obviously refined brew. As with many Euro brews, you can taste the 100+ years of history and dedication that went into this beer.

Fairly clear orange-copper tone with an eggwhite head, tightly pulled together and with excellent retention. A solid ring with a nice film remains even after a lengthy meal spent slowing enjoying it. Aroma is faint and pleasantly simple. Distinctly natural, even herbal. Grainy flavor with a lively, massaging mouthfeel. Just a good, solid beer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i hadn't had an anchor steam in quite some time and thus had forgotten what a great beer this is. pours a simply awesome ruby colour with a just-right head, and a just-right carbonation balance. everything is simply wonderful about the look of this brew. smells of malt and i detected a bit of caramel as well, which can be tasted as well, along with a bunch of other flavours, including spice, citrus, and some saltiness perhaps. this is a slightly creamy brew that is just incredibly easy to drink. i highly recommend it, and it is usually pretty easy to find.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured, this beer had a medium sized off-white head along with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and clear.The hue was orange and the nose of this beer was medium malty.The lacing was good on the sides of my glass.The flavor had a bitter fore and aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth and thin.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice clear amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly to a ring around the surface. An aroma of toasted malts, yeast and flowers (hops?) floats above the beer. Each sip of this thin bodied beer is full of flavor. Toasted malts hold the taste together, but a mild hop bitterness and some spicy flavors add character to this delicious brew. A mild bitterness is left behind when swallowed.

This beer is well balanced and may be a good cross over brew for those who are prone to drink weak flavored beverages.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely nice clear reddish/amber colour with a white head that disapear not too quickly. I can smell some spice. Taste is bitter with some roastiness. I was little bit surprise considering the colour of the beer but I enjoyed it very much. I can't wait to try other Anchor products!

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Photo of TerryW
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colour. Showed a pale ivory head that very quickly disappeared. No lacing to speak of. Smell is mildly hoppy and sweetish. Thin, almost watery mouthfeel. Bitter, hoppy finish. Taste of hops stays with your mouth.

Passable, but unremarkable to my mind.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It either does not travel well (from SFO to Tulsa) or is overrated. It has a typical copper-amber color as most pale ales do and a slight head, as you'd find on an American lager. it is a fairly balanced brew but none of the malt or hop characteristics stand out. it finishes with a lingering bitterness that is expected. I'm wondering if the problem was with me, I'd had this beer before (in the bottle) several years ago in San Francisco and liked it ok, but this was a let-down. I'll try it again on-tap when I know my palate is not compromised.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.