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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

4,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 4080
Reviews: 1816
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%

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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Photo of beergeek279


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burgh's in Bridgeville. The color was a dark amber. The smell was that of maltiness. The taste is fairly unique. It's much heavier than a lager, but not quite an ale.........quite a bit of malt in it. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. As for drinkability, I think I could have a few of these. A unique taste, and as the last surviving example of an otherwise extinct style, and a good solid American beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2003 21:07:48 | More by beergeek279
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unless the draught of this brew is that much better than the bottle, my taste buds have greatly changed. I remember not liking this beer too much before.
Pours to a deep copper with a pretty good sized white head. It dies a little quick, but leaves lace. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with a sweetness in the backround.
A very nicely hopped brew with good balance. The flavor is all there. The body is medium and it is very smooth. A great drinker. I could session with this one anytime. I'll have to grab a few bottles and see if it is the same.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2003 14:39:30 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can honestly say that I have never been too fond of this beer in the bottle, maybe it's the trip across country it has to make to get here but there is always a funky grassy taste going on that does nothing for me. However on draught this beer pours a nice amber with a creamy off white head. Leaving a decent lace around the rim of my mug. The aroma is a sweet caramelly malty aroma with a nice solid back bone of hop aroma. The taste of this beer is unique due to the fact that when they orginally brewed this beer they had lager yeast, but no refrigeration to ferment it as a true lager. So, they fermented this beer at ale temperature using the lager yeast creating the California common or "steam" beer style. This beer has a wonderful hop bitterness with sweet apple tones and a nice full malt profile wonderful beer. The mouthfeel is mildly carbonated with a great smooth finish from this medium to light bodied beer. Incredilbly drinkable if obtained freshly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2003 11:50:45 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of cokes


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby bronze with a thin layer of bone cream, disappears over the course of a few minutes.
Repressed nose of grain, carmalized sugar, lemon hops and pears.
Taste begins with a caramel candy-apple upon a base of grain husks. Still fruity, as the essence of pear and the ghost of sweet grapes enters. A touch earthy midway, prior to the loud arrival of steely, lemon rind hops. Nicely done.
A touch fuller than medium bodied.
Solid, interesting and quaffable. Worthy of its reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2003 08:59:24 | More by cokes
Photo of scottum


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a copper amber with a small head. A nice brew for sure. Hop bitter is there. Fruity is there with her friend toasty. This beer tastes like liquid pretzels. It took me a while to figure out what that taste was. This beer tastes like pretzels! Actually quite a complex brew and quite tasty. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2003 13:51:34 | More by scottum
Photo of goindownsouth


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. I have not had this one in a long time, until last night, that is. It is amazing how a steam beer can make this hop-head do cartwheels. A very attractive amber tapping brew, amber in color. The aroma offers just what the name gives you, a fantasticly grainy steamy type of aroma. A fantastic brew in bottle, but even better out of the tap.


Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2003 09:20:33 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of nomad


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

everyone says to try it, so i had to...

Pours a light amber with an orange hue. Didn't have much head and had very thin lace. Nose was very smooth, consisting of unripe pear and natural sugars with a little bit of smokiness, too. Flavor was a lemony citrus, medium smoky, and lightly sweet fruity. Mouthfeel was biting but not in a unctuously hoppy or high alcohol kind of way. The bitterness didn't seem to be hop based and hit my mouth all high and up front in the roof of my mouth. Real long and drying finish, but not obnoxiously so.

A very soft and smooth nosed beer considering how lemon, smoky, and uniquely bitter this strange brew is. Truly unique as everyone has said. Definitely picking sixers of this to keep around the fridge. Fabulous.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2003 06:48:54 | More by nomad
Photo of 44ouncer


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As tasted in the hospitality room after a tour of the brewery in San Francisco. Actually got yelled at by Fritz Maytag because I was heading toward the employees' bathroom instead of the one for brewery guests. Sorry, Fritz.

Appearance a wonderful golden red. Terrific smell -- a terrific blend of all the ingredients. The hops, the malt, everything. A smooth, rich taste, with just enough of a bite to remind you that this is an adult beverage. Not too harsh, though. Pefect. Mouthfeel was very smooth, yet rich. As far as drinkability was concerned, it's a great beer to sit around with family and friends with.

If you're ever planning on coming to San Francisco, make sure you make your reservations for the brewery tour ASAP. They only do them once a day -- for 12 or so people. You won't be disappointed!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 21:02:47 | More by 44ouncer
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy nose and taste. It has a decent golden amber color. and a moderate head that is short lived. Kind of has a stick to the roof of your mouth yet smooth texture in regards to mouthfeel. It has a very bitter finish that is a bit off and lacking balance. Overall a somewhat drinkable beer but not a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2003 13:26:11 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of Realale


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish copper color. Pours with a nice tight 1/2 inch head, that settles slowly, becoming lacy along the way. A very appetizing pint!

Nose is caramel malt, with some fruity notes. There is a mineral quality there as well - a bit like wet concrete, actually.

Very well balanced on the palate. There is a lot of malt, with a substantial crystal component, but there is plenty of bitterness there to counter it, as well as some nice hop flavor.

A bit over-carbonated, but that's the fault of the bar, not Anchor, I hope. The over-carb decreases my drinkability - this is dehydration city waiting to happen.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2003 13:09:09 | More by Realale
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a real winner if you like amber beers. Has a nice wheaty taste, with some faint fruit flavors. Not much of a head to it, but that is to be expected. Also, there was a tinge of hops, but it was balanced well enough for me. "Goes down smooth and never lets you down". Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2002 23:46:23 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Jarod


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours into the glass a clear dark gold/copper caramel color. The head is not too thick but large. The lace on the sides is quiet evident to the end of the glass. The aroma is of malt, caramel, hops, floral and some spices. The taste in the beginning has hints of caramel (slightly sweet) then hoppy. Followed by some citrus and a little bitter. It then goes slightly sweet again before it finishes somewhat dry. The flavor stays with you a little while after. Not what it used to be, but it is still a good starter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2002 08:50:19 | More by Jarod
Photo of Jon


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a hopped-up lager typical of a west coast brewery. You certainly won't hear me complaining. Pours a pristine copper color with a thick, foamy head. Looks pretty good at first, and the smell is inviting, too. Notes of sweet malt and maybe a bit of spicy hops are evident. Taste is diverse with notes of the sweet malts at first, countered by the spicy hops toward mid-glass. Mouthfeel is rather grainy, which may take away from the drinkability a bit. Overall, though, this is a classic brew and one I've been fond of for quite some time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2002 23:31:23 | More by Jon
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inviting copper color with a thin white lace on top. Some malt and a bit of spice show up in the aroma. Mouthfeel has some stronger carbonation than I expected, but the taste is rather crisp and pleasantly bitter. This is a good lager with some surprising hop flavor. I enjoyed it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2002 15:35:36 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of proc


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine beer. On-tap this tastes crisper than out of the bottle. A fine bronze color in the glass with enough malt to let you know its there. The hops hit the palate which grabs you due to the fact its a lager and you may not be ready for a hops from a lager. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2002 10:20:30 | More by proc
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this, after all these years... Has a bright, clear copper color, with a thin, fine white head, and decent lacing. I pick up a mix of both malt sweetness and hops in the nose, with the hops being somewhat more prevalent. Had a good, middle-of-the-road body, and felt good over the tongue. Malt starts things off, with some caramel-like flavors. From there, hops take over, with a citrus notes bouncing around on the palate. Not bad at all...

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2002 04:36:25 | More by Bierman9
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