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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

5,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,237
Reviews: 1,922
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 161
Gots: 683 | FT: 2
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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber-copper color with a big billowy just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over about a 5-10 min time period to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of some more grainy smells mixed with a caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas there are some lighter hop smells of an earthy nature and a bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry bready and grainy flavor with a bit of an earthy taste. There is a light caramel sweetness throughout the taste that is most intense at the beginning (although still very light) which almost disappears toward the end of the taste. While the taste has a hop bit at the start with the earthy tastes, more hop of a grassy and light citrus nature come to the tongue bittering the taste as it moves on. Some woody flavors come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the combination of flavors leaving a rather dry, malty and decently bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both the moderate body and carbonation are rather good for the mix of dry and bitter flavors, making it a good easier drinking brew.

Overall – A nice dry tasting steam beer that is very easy to drink. A good go too for something on the lighter side.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgian goblet.

A- Deep copper color, head lasted only a few minutes with a little lacing.

S-Has a smell reminiscent of east coast ales of old.

T- Bittering Hops show right out front and followed by some malt sweetness, but somehow finishes dry.

M- Has a smooth mouthfeel, carbonation does not get in the way.

Overall- Good beer for watching a ballgame, with lots of hop and malt character. Best with strong flavor foods.

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S - aroma is a soapy corny malt sweetness with slight alcohol.

T - taste is a surprisingly more complex for what I was expecting, at least more than what I got from the nose. Very light and crisp much like a generic AAL, but with a almost British character reminiscent of something from Samuel smith but much fresher, a very biscuity, nutty, caramel malt character with buttery diacetyl overtones. Low to no hop flavor but a balanced bitter finish that ends dry and refreshing.

M - light, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - this was enjoyable, reminded me of yuengling but with a very British flavor. Has a very bright, crisp, and refreshing flavor profile. Great refreshing beer, simple and straightforward but still very interesting.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,237 ratings.