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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

4,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,627
Reviews: 1,843
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 330 | 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 Yello5


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-07-2013 06:15:23 | More by Yello5
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-07-2013 05:16:03 | More by JarMills
Photo of BlackBelt5112203


4.46/5  rDev +15.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 4-finger frothy, rocky, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some awesome lacing. Clear with only a few bubbles.

S – Caramel and toasted malts with earthy, woody hops. Plain and simple.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and somewhat of a brown sugar taste. Toasted malt comes in next followed closely by a bitter blast of very earthy, oaky, and maple-y hops.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp, creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter and very dry finish. Bitter and dry woody hop flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a nice, tasty, drinkable, and refreshing beer. It’s the example that all other members of this style are based on. Nothing more needs to be said.

02-07-2013 04:38:36 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of Beerswag


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-06-2013 21:06:46 | More by Beerswag
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-06-2013 15:07:48 | More by teraflx
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-06-2013 04:07:10 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of frankiepop


3.28/5  rDev -15%

In the book of Frankiepop, the American classic Anchor is a tad overrated. However, Frankie likes a beer with a little more sweetness and dare I say, a little more flavor. True this special lager beer is nice beer. Easy to drink, a good summer choice, and with a refreshing twist of lemony citrus twang. So it is not an American crappy lager. No, Anchor is kind of creamy, kind of foamy, and kind of smooth. It's more of a bitter beer, a nice light hoppiness that makes IPA guys smile a little.

I on the otherhand found the taste a little weak. I prefer a Tecate, a Greek Marathon, or a European lager like Carlsberg. Anchor's summer citrus quality is nice. Very west coasty. Anyway, I'm saving the rest of the six pack for July! Still above average ratings though I will stick Anchor's wonderful Porter. Blow me down. Got to admit as it warms the more I drink the more I likey....

So pair this on a hot day with some nice traditional Jazz music. I might suggest a cd by Bucky Pizzarelli called Challis in Wonderland where this guitar phenom sits in with some wonderful arrangement with a small string section performing some old great jazz pieces arranged by Challis who worked with Bix Beiderbecke. Another wise choice might be Hampton Hawes trio music.

02-06-2013 02:57:38 | More by frankiepop
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-05-2013 21:43:38 | More by powdersoldier
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.24/5  rDev -42%

A - Pours dark gold with a finger and a half of white head. Left no lacing.

S - Sour malt and creamed corn.

T - Predominantly creamed corn, With a bit of the " steamed " character.

M - Medium slightly smoky body with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, What the hell? Why is their so much praise for this beer? Perhaps I just got a bad bottle, But it tasted like a slightly smoked corona.

02-04-2013 21:22:59 | More by SometimesIfart
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-04-2013 18:28:07 | More by BlesstheHarvest
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

02-04-2013 03:15:26 | More by CMOrak
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-04-2013 02:14:23 | More by goalie35
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-04-2013 01:49:11 | More by MinnTwins
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2013 21:50:04 | More by SamfordHall
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-03-2013 18:51:30 | More by rcatalano
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Alberta (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +13.7%

12oz into a pint. About time I got around to this classic craft brew!

A - Frothy off-white head off the pour atop a relatively clean light amber body. The head recedes to a thin soapy film, but never dissipates entirely, leaving a sticky bunch of lacing down the glass.

S - Mild overall, with caramel malt and crisp grassy hops coming through upfront. There's a touch of fruitiness as well, as well as some malty sweetness. Simple and balanced aroma.

T - Follows the nose, but still exceeds expectations. A nice base of toasty caramel malt, almost giving it an English feel, but the zesty hop profile pulls it back to America. Toffee-like sweetness to the malt, with lemongrass, clean barley malt, and a crisp citric character. The finish is punctuated with a mild grassy hop giving it a balanced feel overall. There's a mild fruitiness throughout as well that I can't quite put my finger on, though I'm almost positive I'm picking up some peach and apricot notes. Overall an immensely drinkable profile.

M - Medium bodied, with just the right viscosity, and a fine carbonation that compliments the body perfectly. Crisp and slightly dry, but somehow velvety smooth at the same time.

D - An all around superb beer, and a true testament to the uncompromising quality of craft breweries, even ones as big as Anchor. A balanced, tasty, and incredibly drinkable ale; a true classic.

02-03-2013 02:57:10 | More by Converge
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-02-2013 14:43:09 | More by epicus
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-02-2013 05:56:07 | More by Fusion7777
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-02-2013 05:18:12 | More by arfenhouse
Photo of Hendy011


3.56/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Nice head of foam lasts 5 minutes, leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Straight hops smell, barley, little bit of roasted smell.

T - Comparable to Lionshead, but much more full. Tastes like pancakes. Bitter aftertaste with taste of alcohol.

F - Feel is great, very little carbonation.

O - Pretty good. Similar to a light lager, ale. Nothing too notable about this beer.

02-02-2013 03:15:43 | More by Hendy011
Photo of DragonzBreath


3.51/5  rDev -9.1%

Anchor Steam Beer, while choosing this beer a got a little history on the beer.
link below)

This beer poured orange crisp and a bit cloudy.
Lots of bubbles...a bit right up front..malt and citrus fight in this beer.
a good beer.
I would like to enjoy this at the brewery.
Abv 4.9

02-01-2013 21:34:07 | More by DragonzBreath
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-31-2013 19:13:57 | More by BigBarley
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-30-2013 07:04:42 | More by SubtleblinK
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-30-2013 02:22:07 | More by gregu2
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-29-2013 08:34:54 | More by KillaB
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,627 ratings.