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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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very good

4,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,877
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 408 | 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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fabulous beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Anchor Steam pours a very thick white head. Nice lacing. It is dark orange/copper. There are tiny, if any at all, particles floating around. But mostly a light haze to the look.

S- I get a big spicy note out of this beer. A little bit of caramel. Brown bread crust and an underlying grainy scent (not adjunct in nature).

T- Big spicy flavor. Light caramel. Grains, but clean tasting. No adjuncts here in taste or brewing process. Hops are there for sure. Lightly floral. There is some kind of undertone of some funkyness or bitterness there too. That aspect is hard to describe in words. It's got ale and lager type tastes. It's like a sophisticated Yuengling. If you like that beer, this one is right up your alley.

M- Light to medium. Crisp, clean, and refreshing for sure. Pretty dry finishing beer. Carbonation plays well with the hop spice if that makes sense. Also has a good clean water taste.

*Overall this is a pretty unique tasting beer and style. Never had anything like it. It's like an ale, but it's a lager in style and taste as well. Some of the flavors are hard to describe without sitting down with a glass of Anchor Steam and figuring it out on your own. But that makes reviewing and tasting beer fun. It would be great with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, barbeque, or any grilled meats. Solid beer all around!

ThomasMetal75, Oct 02, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

When in SF, you pretty much have to have an Anchor Steam. It's available everywhere, and it's what the locals drink. Goes great with seafood, as you would expect. Nice dark beer, and the style is better than that of a generic brown as far as I'm concerned. At some point I should try some other Anchor beers too.

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3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, a golden bright copper color with a full finger of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a thin lacing of foam.

Aroma: Nice toasted malt, with some toffee, black pepper.

Taste: Malty, and pretty spicy, slightly sweet and just a little hops, hint of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied Moderate carbonation.

Overall, always wanted to try it, Nice historic beer that seems to stay within its style. It is a little middle of the road for me, but I wanted to experience this style. I would like to try it with seafood, perhaps a Cioppino, or crabs. Cheers!

JLSIV, Sep 29, 2014
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,877 ratings.