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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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very good

5,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,059
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 489 | 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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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served to a pilsener glass.

A: Amber color with a slight touch of clarity. One finger of head perhaps a touch less. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts some hops.

T: A nice caramel malt profile is present. Some what sweet initially but is backed by some nice subtle hops. Fairly clean in terms of esters and phenols but still some very slight fruitiness comes through which is somewhat unique in terms of what is typical in lagers.

M: Crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

O: Great beer and uniquely its own. Would be great with some grilled chicken or other light BBQ food.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with an off-white head with good retention.
Malty aroma with hints of condiments, pine and caramel.
Unique flavor, predominant taste of peppery yeast, apple juice and biscuit malt. Notes of earthy hops and honey, with hints of lemon, minerals and salt. Not really sweet. Dry with an elegant bitterness aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Initially, it seemed not to be a big deal, but then it kind of grew on me for its unique taste. Though it resembles some British bitters. I could have drunk a few, very drinkable. Definitely worth it a try. I round it up given its historic twist.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam pours a darker clear amber color with a nice large lacing head. There is a weak aroma, but has bitter and floral notes. The taste is a bit bitter, and has long drawn out floral notes. A bit watery, but nice flavors, easy to drink. Overall a solid beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Clear dark amber with 1.5 off white head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A little citrus hops with some peatiness.

T - Dry, peat, and bitter. Dry finish. Nothing super standout.

O - A decently refreshing beer but nothing too exciting.

7/23 revisited. Have a new appreciation for this brew, great creamy, biscuit, nutty malt flavors, crisp and refreshing.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,059 ratings.