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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,693 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 349 | 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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass at Sawmill Tap Room on 4/28/12

A - pale amber; thick white head; great retention

S - caramel and lager yeast

T - straw, caramel, grassy, yeasty

M - medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation, smooth

This is a decent beer. A classic for sure. It has great drinkability, it's smooth, and has a refreshing flavor. It being a classic, I'll probably be back to it as some time.

05-05-2012 21:52:40 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-15-2013 06:21:20 | More by Kelp
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Pours a clear copper color with a very foamy three finger head upon pouring. Great retention, slowly reducing to one finger for the majority of the time drinking, leaving behind thick lacing down the sides. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Very biscuity. There is a strong malt sweetness and a light amount of hops and bit of spice. Upon warming a bit of grainy malt begins to come forward.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, rather biscuity mixed with some sweetness. There is some light fruit and a little bit of spice and a slightly bittersweet finish.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very easy.

O: An extremely drinkable beer, the classic in its style. I don't drink it often, but when I want it, its always there.

08-22-2011 23:50:50 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +14%

Appearance is deep clear amber. Almost copper. Beautiful pillowy white head. I don't get a lot on the nose. Maybe some slight malt. Taste is nice. A nice bready yeast flavor is present. There's also a very slight fruitiness that accents nicely. Like apples and pears. Very clean taste. Easy drinking. Solid brew here.

05-20-2002 21:46:10 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%

Really cool clarity and amber pour with great lace retention. Minimal fruity aroma, no discernable specific fruit type (its the yeast I know).

Taste, like they advertise, its what, a lager yeast made in an ale or vice versa. Light body, ample hopping for a flagship brew from back in the day. Just the right amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel allows one to pick up some of the complexities and what sets this beer apart from a standard APA. Great summer beer, sometimes a little cost prohibitive, and a well known folklore regarding the dickness of those affiliated with the brewery prevent many from enjoying the finished product more often.

06-20-2010 19:41:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-02-2013 20:52:38 | More by wrightst
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-22-2012 20:18:14 | More by sendbeer
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-29-2014 13:38:51 | More by dmorgan310
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Slightly hazy deep amber colour topped by an off-white head. The rocky foam thinned to a decent lace after a few minutes, which stayed supported by moderate carbonation. Yeasty aroma is prominent to start, but becomes quite mild after breathing for a short while. Moderate maltiness supports a minty, earthy hop aroma and a light fruitiness. Nicely balanced flavour with malts and minty/lemony hop flavour to start leading into some drying bitterness towards the finish. Medium body and not as carbonated as I expected based on the appearance. Overall, the slight mintiness was a delightful surprise.

650 mL brown bottle with freshness code stamped on the rear label.

05-12-2005 01:06:00 | More by DrJay
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with an average white head that soon reduces to a lasting ring and leaves a modicum of lacing.

The light, earthy aroma is pleasing, but it is too mild to be very enticing.

The flavor (4.2) starts with a good hit of earthy/spicy hops, with the malt component becoming more apparent mid-taste. The hops are present all the way through, making this steam beer seeming to build in intensity through the finish. Great hops/malt balance leaves both bitter/sweet and other flavor components in exemplary balance. Excellent roster of malts.

Anchor Steam has a medium body; excellent carbonation, and a refreshing crispness.

O: excellent choice as a session beer or replacement for one of any light or macro-adjunct beer. Slightly milder than an average APA, but with as much flavor. Should work well with many lighter-flavored foods.

01-27-2012 21:43:04 | More by chinchill
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... shared with a buddy... poured into a tulip while grooving to Sasha Live at the Avalon and talking about beer and work.

Nice 3/4" off white head atop a very clear amber brew... lite lacing that dries to crusty bubbles.

Aroma is bunches of toasted and caramel malts melting perfectly into earthy hops... few other brews are like it... clean, no yeast esters at all.

This beer is dialed in... not really any way I can see to make it better tasting... toasted bread and lite caramel... clean bitterness and malts with a long lingering earthy undertow.

Anchor is always a goto beer when I can't decide what I want... I don't know what else to say except thanks to Fritz and Anchor for being revolutionaries.

12-14-2007 09:44:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2012 00:16:06 | More by Zaphog
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a clear, golden/orange color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, some hops, and some slight euro malt. Fits the style of a California Common / Steam Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of some pale malt up front, then yeast cleanliness, a very slight hop background, and a hint of a light citrus flavor. Overall, a decent example of a Steam Beer from my previous examples, but still nothing to go out of your way for.

04-09-2009 03:52:10 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2011 02:11:15 | More by PEIhop
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Got this as a single from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of a kind of sour, earthy malt - more earthy than sour - with citrus hop aromas that also are slightly sour.

Tastes of caramel malt joined by a very light sourness. Ends with a light amount of bitterness and the caramel malt flavors linger after the sip is over.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation and good thickness make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I'm not sure how many of these I could have, but one went down just fine.

Overall this is an interesting beer that reminds me of another I've had that I can't put my finger on. The taste is very distinct and certainly worth a try if you haven't had it already.

11-23-2008 03:39:38 | More by glid02
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Earthy-mineral & floral hops with a slight caramel aroma.

T: Earthy-mineral, caramel, orange zest, slight hint of fruity esters. There's a slight nutshell-like bitterness that I'm not fond of.

M: Moderate body, slightly higher than moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Personally I'm not fond of that nutshell flavour.

08-11-2007 17:35:13 | More by Derek
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Gusler

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown stubby bottle a crystal clear deep amber with a personable creamy light tan head that last for eons before dissolving leaving a fine coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, clean on the palate, start is lightly sweet with the malt pleasant and the top light to medium in feel, Finish has a pleasing acidity and the hops delightful in their spicy presence, dry aftertaste, a pleasant beer on a still hot Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.

09-25-2005 22:36:26 | More by Gusler
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-11-2012 00:35:30 | More by rolltide8425
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, slow bubbling orange-copper coloring that has a thin, filmy, white head of very low profile. Aromas are very well blended, with a caramel malt presence and roasted characteristics. Flavors showcase a more tangy malt presence, with a good hops bitterness to balance from the background. The roasty character and the peppery spices from the hops are great accents to the malty backbone of the beer. Smooth bodied, with a crispness to the finish from the hops. The aftertaste is a good blend of the malt sweetness and the roasty notes. Very well balanced beer, and insanely easy to drink.

01-22-2012 23:35:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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Brad007

Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

This beer pours a copper color. Aroma is somewhat malty. Taste is somewhat of a cross between a lager and an ale, as expected. Some fruitiness of an ale balanced with the smoothness of a lager. Interesting combination of styles. Apparently, Steam beer is a style that's not prdouced as often anymore.

05-06-2007 03:13:40 | More by Brad007
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep amber color with a thick fluffy head that sticks around forever. Smells of earthy hops, a bit of toffee, and sweet grainy malt. The taste follows the aroma. Earthy hops and sweet malt with a long lingering mild hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. I drank a lot of this beer in the mid nineties it was somewhat of a gateway beer for me. Delicious in its simplicity, yet interesting enough for my ever changing palette. Great session beer!

10-22-2009 22:01:21 | More by johnnnniee
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden orange with 2 finger white head

smell: sweet malts, corn,

taste: caramel, with no aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, light body

Drinkability: Overall a very easy drinkable beer.

Cheers,

The CPJ

03-03-2011 15:50:59 | More by THECPJ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

As the standard for California steam beer, it should get all 5's. But then any crappy beer would rate all 5's if it's unique enough to be a new class. So I factored in my tastes...

The liquid was copper orange, very clear. Thin head on top which lasted pretty long. Smelled and tasted malty, not any bitterness at all.

Pretty good, a perfect session beer.

04-14-2006 22:20:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -6%

12oz single, from an assorted selection of brews in dad's fridge

appearance:pours a watery caramel-copper color with a foamy beige head and moderate lacing

smell: sweet maltiness, some fruity hop action, lots of spicy aromas, some caramel, slightly nutty, earthy

taste: sweet malts are dominant, caramel in nature with some dry spice flavors, hops are bitter and lemony, grassy and earthy flavors are a major factor in the taste

mouthfeel: some hop bitterness, smooth bodied, spicy and dry finish

drinkability: pretty drinkable

11-24-2005 19:50:09 | More by dirtylou
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-17-2012 17:20:41 | More by harpus
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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