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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,084 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4084
Reviews: 1816
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%


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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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a very clear hazelnut brown colour. A nice puffy white head formed and shrunk down, leaving a lumpy lacing.

The aroma is very light, and oddly coppery. There is a little bit of toastiness, and perhaps I can imagine woodiness.

The flavour is an interesting balance of some light malt, and some lightly resinous hops. It has a nice lingering hoppy aftertaste. As I get through this one, I find more sweetness and up-front woody flavours. It's definitely a unique beer.

Though the body is nice and full, the carbonation is somewhat lacking. Anyhow, it's a very respectable beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 04:35:38 | More by Garin
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euskera

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorite beers. A class of its own. Love it in the bottle with that crisp spicy taste; love it on tap where it's a little mellower. It has that briny taste that makes me think of San Francisco. Simply one of the most unique beers on the planet and a delight to drink...

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 12:24:52 | More by euskera
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium white head atop an amber beer with streams of carbonation cascading upwards. Aroma is a bit estery with enough hops and malt to balance the flavors. Sweet taste is complimented by a good amount of hops and the esters make one think of a style that is not quite an ale. Very smooth for an ale(?) with a good balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is of medium weight but not so much as to take away from the clenliness. Very good beer that i would enjoy on a hot day fishing a stream in the mountains.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 20:43:28 | More by RenoZymurgist
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usualpulp

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a rich white head, lots of carbonation. Slight fruit and nut smell , with a slight hint of malt and alot of hoppiness. The flavor of the beer is great, very nice balance between malt and hop with a slight bitterness to the finish. Small amounts of citris seem present here, along with some nut flavors, possibly almond. Overall this is a very good beer, nice character, and very smooth to drink. Not sure if it is worth the price I had to pay for a 6pk of it, but still good either way.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 14:18:45 | More by usualpulp
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an ivory colored head settling over clear deep amber liquid with ample carbonation. The nose is fresh sweet maltiness tempered with flowery hoppiness. Taste is crisp with sweet crystal malt-like notes, bready/biscuity flavors and a clean slightly minty hoppiness rounds out things. Finishes on a bitter and fruity note, very distinctive & very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 19:43:06 | More by beerluvr
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woemad

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with the famous Steam Beer. This was a 12oz bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane.
Poured a golden amber, small head that dissipated quickly.
Fruity, honeyish odor, not unlike a Fuller's ESB. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and creamy. Taste starts out sweet and honeyish, gets thicker in the middle, with a nice, mildly hoppy finish. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer, and could probably put away several at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 17:18:16 | More by woemad
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good coppery color...Nice head that dissipates quickly. Smell was a nice malty aroma. Taste was excellent..a bit of sweetness followed by the the right amount of hops.. a nice balance. Mouthfeel was solid with a smooth feel, but still robust enough. Drinkability was excellent...extremely smooth going down...almost too easy to finish this 22 oz. offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 16:08:39 | More by edchicma
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goz

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a light amber/copper, small white head quickly diminishes and leaves very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity, with some hops sneaking in the end. Flavor starts sweet, maybe slightly bready in the middle, and a good hoppy ending. I remember liking this more before than I seem to now.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 08:38:18 | More by goz
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a really wonderful 22 oz brown bottle," Made in San Fransisco since 1896"
The beer looks a lovelly crystal clear darkish amber, with a 1 inch thick creamy white head..very good.
Nice clean aroma of slightly roasted malts and some spicy hopiness detected...fresh
The beer tastes a lovelly sweet, creamy ,chocolaty..with some small bitterness in the after taste.I really like this its a well balanced brew.
Very smooth on the tongue but does rough up a bit at the end.
Why did I wait so long to try this good old beer..its a great drinkable beer, simple yet great quality!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 21:22:08 | More by Reidrover
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beerguy101

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice malt sweetness, balanced by a nice hop spiciness. Mild taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is very full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A simple well made beer. Classic style.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 18:51:30 | More by beerguy101
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber/copper color with a nice foamy white head. Decent lace sticking to the glass. Smells lightly hoppy. Carmel malt with a touch of hops with an earthy, grainy taste. Light to medium body. This is a good session beer. It also goes great with food. Anchor Steam is a great classic American microbrew. Any beer lover should certainly taste one. It is a great beer to revisit now and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 18:53:09 | More by Bierguy5
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber in color and top off with a decent white head. The head gave way to a decent lace. The aroma is malt and musty yeast with a hint of hops. The taste matches the aroma with a nice hop finish at the end. I would call this a medium body and very easy to drink. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 05:45:33 | More by Stubbie1
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear, amber pour with a small foamy head. Very appetizing.

The nose was very dull with nothing distinct standing out in my mind. There was a touch of caramel but it seemed very lightly hopped.

The mouthfeel was pleasant and smooth if not creamy.The taste was light with some maltiness to give it body. And there was a touch of caramel on the fuzzy finish with just a hint of fruitiness.....possibly apricot (again, this was minimal).

For the most part a nice drinking experience but not one that i would call memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 16:28:43 | More by Popsinc
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The big deal with this beer is that it brewed in a unique fashion (fermenting with a lager yeast at ale temps) but that it also was saved from extinction by Fritz Maytag in the 1970s. It's an interesting story but how about the beer?

It is a classic, but it is a classic that must be cared for properly, just like a lot of other good beers. When fresh Anchor Steam has an agressive bitterness that is tempered with a healthy dose of caramel malts. These malts add some sweetness and body and a little bit of a rustic character. If this beer isn't consumed when fresh it tends to be more balanced, and well, kind of boring. It's the fresh hop bitterness that can really grab the attention of your tastebuds. The unique esters obtained from the unique fermentation process are subtle and could be interpreted as faults. I do believe these mineral-like qualities created by the yeast are under-appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 20:06:52 | More by marcobrau
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this beer. It has always been a favorite and one of the first "better" beers that I started drinking. The beer poured a bright amber/copper color and had a huge white and creamy head that clung nicely to the glass. Nice citrusy hop and bitter grainy aroma. Some floral and fresh grass there too. A light to medium bodied beer with a very clean and dry taste. Matched perfect with my Hamburger (well, just about any beer probably would). Finishes crisp and pleasantly bitter. A classic and a good one to revisit from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 17:39:22 | More by pezoids
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Darkale

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, even, off-white and creamy head, over a very clear, bronze-orange body.

Aroma is mild, slightly medicinal, musty and hoppy. Good lacing. The head is very resilient and fades slowly to the rim of the glass.

Taste is dry, sour, a bit astringent. Puckering is the word that comes to mind. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, which is unexpected because it's also raspy. A line of malt taste balances the beer.

It is very difficult to describe the taste of Anchor Steam! It is a kind of dull spice -- it's a pale ale with an aftertaste that is dry and musky. But, it's a pleasant ale to drink, and it's easy to drink many more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 07:08:05 | More by Darkale
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to force the issue of an unfrosted pint glass for this bottled version in a beer bar that does a great job with its draft versions. Having noted that, it was a surprise to me that I could barely raise a single finger of ivory head over the clear amber body on this beer. Perhaps it was just too cold overall. In any case, it did not keep even the minimal head nor did it do any lacing to speak of. It did, however, have a delightfully robust nose that spoke volumes of malt and hints of hops. The taste started full of the malt and sweetness, but finished surprisingly bitter. The aftertaste seemed to moderate the bitterness with a final dry sense. An enjoyable beer that I could enjoy more than one to a sitting. The final strong nose is caramel malt as the brew warmed.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 16:27:04 | More by AtLagerHeads
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BierReise

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite american lagers along with Sam Adams. Nice color with slight cloudiness. Aroma is malty and a little hop fragrance. Very smooth on the palate unlike other lagers which have a little more effervescence to them. This was about the only beer on the menu tonight worth having. It's a shame restaurants don't give their beer selection half the attention their wine menus get.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 19:53:36 | More by BierReise
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jreitman

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber in color with a lot of head that fades to a slight covering at the end. Incredibly easy drinking and in that respect quite dangerous :) Well balanced and complex to the point taht the hops and malt take turns coming through. A wonderful standby beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 14:51:27 | More by jreitman
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's hard to review a beer that was the first of it's style. It doesn't really matter if this is an ale or a lager because it's a flat out great beer. It's highly carbonated with a dark ruby color and a well retained head. The hops are noticable but don't take away from the sweetness of the malt. This beer certaintly deserves it's reputation.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 16:31:37 | More by dmarch
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lipschitz

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours medium amber, with slight chill-haze & nice head with medium density.

Smell: Slight grains, touch of lemon/hops

Taste: Initial caramelized malt, which lingers to slightly bitter pear/apple with a kiss of sweetness. Pleasant hop-level cleans palate, leaving a trace of bitterness on the tongue. As you make your way through this beer, the bitter apple comes through more prominently…just nudging out the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with medium carbonation

Notes: This is a delicious brew that I could drink all night long. While not overly robust, it is tremendously enjoyable. A wonderful ‘stepping stone’ beer. One that could be used to convert the un-beer-ducated over to the good side. Now that this is available in Canada, it could go a long way to change perceptions of what ‘mainstream’ American beer is. Plus, the pseudo-stubby bottle should prove to be a hit with Canadian drinkers that are feeling a little nostalgic.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 12:43:30 | More by lipschitz
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours out with a nice pillowey head, and bubbles all over in the beer. A darker orange color. Some lacing on the sides of the glass. Tastes pretty good, i cant think of anything ive had that has tasted like this. Its interesting and tastes good, id say give it a try

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 13:09:24 | More by Tballz420
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this in quite some time, and hadn't been overly impressed when I did. Upon further review, however, I find this to be quite a nice beer. This would be a good beer to use to try and win over a macro drinker, as it is not too bitter or strong, but miles above the "big three". Nice, malty flavor, smooth and a little creamy. Some hop bitterness, but not much (compared to a lot of micros). Pours a nice, amber color, some carbonation, but not too much. Slightly sweet, and I wouldn't drink too many because of that. Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable beer, from a company that makes consistently terrific product.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 19:58:15 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Scooter77

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great beer from Anchor. Pours a nice amber/orange color with an average-sized white bubbly foam. Head fades down, leaving a thin lace on the glass. Scents of citrus fruit seem to blend very well with the hops and malt. The taste is equally as balanced as the aroma. Initial taste was of sweet malt, followed by a zing of citrus, finished off by a nice bitterness of hops. This is an exceptionally balanced and bold beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 06:22:59 | More by Scooter77
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texascarl

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = dark amber, thick off-white head. Good carbonation, nice lacing. Nice looking beer.

Nose = pleasant aroma, malt, light hops

Taste = bitter, but not 'hoppy' tasting. semi-creamy mouthfeel and a long finish

First time I've had this, not quite sure what I think of it yet. It's good but maybe not my cuppa. I'll wait & give it another try soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 19:21:13 | More by texascarl
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,084 ratings.