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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,191
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 155
Gots: 634 | 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

No notes at this time.
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A true classic. I have had this one many times and find it to be a nice refreshing summer beer with more character than a macro lager and enough complexity to keep things from getting too dull over the course of a session. Pours a deep amber on the SRM scale and leaves a nice rich foam if you pour the beer correctly (although with this one I often dispense with the glass). Aroma is a sweet and spicy combo of bready spicy yeast and herbal notes with some sweet malt. Taste is where the magic is, sourdough yeast, cleansing spice like white pepper, some banana and vanilla esters... A nice sour tang with a decent biscuity crystal malt lingering sweetness on the palate. Drinkable but not dull. Might underwhelm those who love hop bombs as the Northern Brewer are there to provide grassiness and a bitter foil rather than complex hop aroma but keep an open mind. There is enough ale character in this hybrid style to keep one engaged.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from the bomber into an 8 ounce sampler. A moderate pour produces a short creamy white head that settles down into thin lacing sticking to the sides. The beer is a beautiful copper color with yellowish highlights and is quite effervescent.

I smell lots of sweet malt with some mild floral hops. The taste is a malt treat, with undertones of caramel, with just enough bitterness from the hops to balance. The finish is crisp with a lingering bitter-sweetness.

This true classic is very flavorful and refreshing, and quite reasonable priced as well.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,191 ratings.