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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,480 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,480
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 119
Gots: 268 | 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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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

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

Bottle. Pretty darkish cobber amber with a medium creamy off white head. Lots of bubbles in the liquid. Aroma is malty, some barn and rye bread. Wonderful spritzy carbonation with lots of small bubbles. Flavor is sweet, caramel malty with a slight peppery bitterness. Nice and fresh - wonderful summer beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:14:09 | More by Serge
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vader06

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-22-2012 00:37:21 | More by vader06
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GeoCait

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2012 01:54:16 | More by GeoCait
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rpopescu

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-20-2012 18:14:19 | More by rpopescu
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nico_freespirit


4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2012 17:22:38 | More by nico_freespirit
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CoryJHarber

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

11-20-2012 14:01:33 | More by CoryJHarber
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Chris_Cali_2o9


4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2012 04:25:03 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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jimilayne

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-20-2012 02:50:59 | More by jimilayne
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JimmyP


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

11-19-2012 22:45:18 | More by JimmyP
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Kanewai

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-19-2012 01:07:15 | More by Kanewai
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Frankensteineken

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-18-2012 22:06:21 | More by Frankensteineken
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.2%

11-18-2012 19:56:55 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-18-2012 06:00:54 | More by SLeffler27
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srhudnall

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

11-18-2012 02:44:30 | More by srhudnall
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jharris0624

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-17-2012 19:24:58 | More by jharris0624
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2012 15:07:33 | More by cackalacky
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/17/12

Appearance: Crystal clear, an amber/deep orange color - pours with an off-white head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Mild, as it should be for the style - light pale and caramel malts - undercooked biscuits and light bread - some lightly grassy hops in the distant background

Taste: Caramel malts - lightly malty, delicate, yet also deep - pale and caramel grains - lightly chewy, lightly sweet - some hints of spices - some light, citrusy hops to balance things out - mildly bitter - nicely balanced, nicely drinkable

Mouthfeel: Light, almost medium, nicely carbonated, highly quaffable

Overall: Pretty much the definition of classic

Fritz Maytag's purchase and subsequent revival of Anchor Brewing is considered by many to be the start of modern craft beer. I've been meaning to review this for a while. It's more than just a historical artifact. It's a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 06:38:18 | More by angrybabboon
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2012 22:44:57 | More by VernonKell
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sneaks2210

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-14-2012 21:31:02 | More by sneaks2210
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gshak

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2012 19:04:37 | More by gshak
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HavasuDG

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2012 07:20:39 | More by HavasuDG
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-12-2012 16:31:27 | More by Lare453
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Code on back reads 2SE, so bottled on September 5, 2012

A: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers worth of head

S: Definitely a huge hit of lager yeast, along with some nice fruitiness and pale malts

T: Follows the nose. Nice and fruity with a hint of bready malts and yeast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Well, not much to say here. The original steam beer. A smooth, easy-going lager with good flavors and good drinkability. A classic, for sure

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:57:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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ElSid

California

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

The Beers of California

#22

Freshess Date: None

A: Orange copper with a good amount of visible carbonation which culminates to a finger of off white foam. The head sticks around for several moments leaving behind ample lace on the glass.

S: Mostly sugar, caramel malt breadiness with notes of earth, leafiness, and lemon zest.

T: Similar to the nose with caramel sweet malts up front. An earthy, herbal bitterness rides the initial sweetness offering balance to the initial sugary onslaught. Puckering lemon and a spicy, almost peppery finish.

M: Smooth and substantial with very active carbonation which really adds to the palate.

O: A unique and refreshing brew with wonderful flavors and high drinkability. A great brew for a sunny day. One of my go to session beers which pairs well with summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:22:04 | More by ElSid
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jpp16180

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-12-2012 01:42:00 | More by jpp16180
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,480 ratings.