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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,237 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,237
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 684 | 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: 5,237 | Reviews: 1,922
Photo of wilsonbaron
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethmcconkey
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MiloBuckley
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zac16125
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mug
no bottling dates


A: Light amber, crystal clear, lots of carbonation bubbles, 2plus fingers width of dense slightly off-white colored head builds quickly and has great retention. Leaves a ton of lacing. 4.5

S: Malty, caramel, sweet, bread yeast, very subtle hop spice. 3.5

T: More hops than on the nose, with bitterness, floral notes, and some hop spice. Lots of malty characters, particularly caramel malt. Very nice lager combo of malts and hops. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Solid beer. Nothing spectacular but hits most of when I look for in a solid lager style beer. 3.75

Photo of BeerDazed
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bali_hi
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Keg of anchor steam drank

Photo of Greg186
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Melocollo
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KurtisAyr
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a touch of ruby. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice light nose of caramel and biscuit.

Heavy light bodied with a touch of creamy texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is reasonably intense, fairly well balanced and slightly complex. It begins with a moderate earthy bitterness that slowly fades to a mild caramel and biscuit sweetness. The middle has a slight lemon zest like citrus note. The finish is a slow fade of earthy and zest bitterness that lingers.

Photo of Doublicious
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaevaS
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Risenhower
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nhoelzen
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bunny76
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my go to beers. Easy to find, easy to drink.

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

Photo of gspeer711
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 10Crumra
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled on date of Nov 7, 2014.

Poured a dark golden color with a nice one finger white head. Lots of bubbles visible.

The aroma had some slight hoppiness but was overwhelmingly biscuity. I like to call that distinctive smell/flavor "corn flakes."

The taste has a strong helping of corn flakes upfront. The beer had some faint hop notes and had a nice malty aftertaste that lingered for a while.

The mouthfeel was slightly creamy yet fairly light-bodied like a typical lager. The beer was strongly carbonated as its appearance indicated.

Overall this beer was pleasant but I was expecting more. It was a decent tasting beer that I could definitely drink it again as a light, sessionable beer. I would like to try a slightly fresher bottle/draft just to see if four months is a bit past this beers prime.

Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,237 ratings.