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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

4,662 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,662
Reviews: 1,846
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 341 | 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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belzo35

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-08-2014 23:21:17 | More by belzo35
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Lionhearted1987

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-08-2014 19:48:10 | More by Lionhearted1987
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ksmus67

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-08-2014 13:24:42 | More by ksmus67
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AWA

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-08-2014 00:28:15 | More by AWA
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

355 ml bottle picked up from the singles bin at the LCBO for $2.40 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear amber color with a plethora of bubbles and topped by a finger of dense white frothy head. Tons of visible bubbles. The head has a good retention time.

Smell - big malty presence with loads of bread aromatics. A light fruitiness permeates as well.

Taste - significant malty with some grainy sweetness topped off by a bitter finish that turns sweet in the aftertaste. Very different and unique. Almost a coffee like finish on the palate too.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and light bodied with a tongue tingling finish.

Overall - definitely a unique beer, kind of reminiscent of an amber, but realistically not that close, as there's a lot more in terms of different flavours going on and a great sweet finish. Definitely worth repeating.

08-07-2014 22:54:15 | More by DenisKolkin
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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-07-2014 20:08:54 | More by mjacquard
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Johnct

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-07-2014 14:31:52 | More by Johnct
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Aleshka


3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-07-2014 03:15:11 | More by Aleshka
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Bpc24

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-06-2014 20:00:40 | More by Bpc24
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Beercheeze


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-06-2014 20:00:37 | More by Beercheeze
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AntG21

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

08-06-2014 13:26:02 | More by AntG21
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Elicoleman

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-06-2014 07:54:23 | More by Elicoleman
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Big_Dave

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2014 07:48:21 | More by Big_Dave
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KG710

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-06-2014 06:00:52 | More by KG710
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YeastBarleyHopsYum

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-06-2014 02:39:19 | More by YeastBarleyHopsYum
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Brooos


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-06-2014 02:13:29 | More by Brooos
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-06-2014 00:56:57 | More by gonzo000
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tharper178

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2014 00:24:30 | More by tharper178
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Nickhagin

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-05-2014 23:27:57 | More by Nickhagin
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BeerKing510

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-05-2014 22:04:50 | More by BeerKing510
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wjoelbrooks

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-05-2014 20:24:28 | More by wjoelbrooks
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BogAl

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-05-2014 05:08:33 | More by BogAl
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StephenGash


4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-04-2014 23:46:58 | More by StephenGash
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MattHarr

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-04-2014 05:48:46 | More by MattHarr
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logicalparadox

New York

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours a rich, crystal-clear dark bronze to copper. Head is creamy, white, and lathery in texture. Good retention.

S: Aromatics are malty, but rounded. Grains are present and full of character. What should "beer" smell like? It should smell like this!

T: The taste is clean. Malts are lip-smackin' good, rounded out by grain. I taste barely. Like actual barley. I get bready, and cracker notes. But not overly sweet. There's enough mild bitterness to keep this brew nicely balanced. This is delicious. It's not a mind blowing brew, but here simple is good.

M: Medium bodied and lingers on the pallet. The creamy head adds great texture and contrast. This is one smooth brew..

Overall, I really like this brew. Will definitely try again. This isn't the kind of beer that will inspire a revelation or challenge your convictions--although, it might be a revelation in that to me this is what a basic, simple beer could and should be and it might challenge your convictions if you've been succumbing to pretension and fad brews, thinking that only an esoteric style or brewing method or exotic ingredients can result in a glass full of joy. This beer is... zen like for me!

08-03-2014 23:08:04 | More by logicalparadox
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,662 ratings.