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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,490 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,490
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 119
Gots: 273 | 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.

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KingBiscuit

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-15-2011 01:46:08 | More by KingBiscuit
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

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

A. Pours a burnt orange with a two finger creamy off-white head that slowly fades to a lingering mess of lacing all over the glass.

S. Lots of malty sweetness with bread and some caramel.

T. Loads of sweet malt with some crusty bread.

M. Medium body with medium creamy carbonation.

D. A fairly low alcohol brew with some good body and nice malty aroma and flavor. This is a solid brew that I came back to every couple of months.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:23:05 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Dirty25

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-05-2014 17:24:43 | More by Dirty25
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SHCC

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-25-2012 18:39:37 | More by SHCC
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g_jenkins

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-28-2012 03:53:21 | More by g_jenkins
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-03-2014 03:38:04 | More by DemoniChris
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-25-2014 18:37:38 | More by 100200300
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-24-2013 19:06:27 | More by aqualung23
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goschool

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to review this beer on Monday. I put a bottle in the freezer to chill it quickly, but I forgot about it and the beer froze. By that time, the rest of the six-pack had gotten down to the serving temperature in the refrigerator, so I grabbed another bottle. Immediately after pouring the second beer, I knocked over my pokal and spilled almost all of it on the rug. I cleaned it, Fabreezed the beer smell out and gave up for the night. This review is from beer number three. It went straight from the fridge into my glass and down my throat without passing 'Go' or collecting $200.

Pours a clear amber, with average-sized white head that leaves modest lace. The aroma is mild, but toasty malts fallowed by earthy hops. The taste is somewhere between a lager and an ESB. Hop bitterness overtakes the caramel malts, but nothing is terribly assertive. This is one of the beers, if not the beer, that started the craft beer revolution in America so it deserves its props and it's one hell of a session brew to boot.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 10:12:10 | More by goschool
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csurowiec

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2013 22:38:08 | More by csurowiec
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark amber color, thick white head that will not quit and leaves decent lacing. Bubbly carbonation and radiant color enhance the look.

S- Bready, yeasty, caramel malty, and some fruity hops.

T-Pale malt and caramel backbone with some tart California lemony hop flavor. Earthy and pungent.

M- Great body for a 4.9 abv beer, nice crisp carbonation, too. There's some teeth to it, bite but not overly bitter. Dry malt and yeast finish.

O- Unique as a lager/ale, truly craft. Enjoyable very time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 02:11:51 | More by NiceTaps
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SimonTja

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-03-2013 03:11:36 | More by SimonTja
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-10-2013 12:53:34 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The numerical score above is from my most recent tasting.

January 28, 2013: Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass as a very attractive clear copper color with a generous off-white rocky head.

Aroma is grain, dirt and hops.

Flavor is crisp and very dry. More hops than I remembered. Some wheat bread notes. A tiny bit of sweetness. Very well balanced.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Review of 1-6-2008 : AP 4.0/ AR 4.5/ F 4.5 / MF 4/ OA 4.5
poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Lori's diner in ghiradelli's square in san francisco.

clear amber with fluffy head. nice malt rich aroma. flavor is extremely well-balanced bitter hops and malt. one of the most balanced beers of my recent recollection.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 21:16:13 | More by jmbranum
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TheTrevor

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured brown with some orange highlights and a single-finger head that lingered. The smell is mostly malt with some yeast and spices. The taste starts right off with a combination of malt and hops that lingers on the palate with some spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, although the hops may turn some people off. Probably the most famous version of the style, and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 00:24:08 | More by TheTrevor
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kinger

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect when I bought this therefore I had no expectations. Pours a nice orange/amber with a creamy head that sticks around for the duration. Minimal lacing clings to the glass and a slow but steady stream of carbonation is present. This beer is extremely aromatic primarily consisting of sweet malts. The aroma is absolutely wonderful. The taste is very malty, sweet, and even a bit hoppy. There is a good balance present in this beer and makes for an enjoyable experience. The more I try this the more I like it. Creamy and full on the palate with a smooth finish. Overall this is a great beer that I could easily enjoy in any setting.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 18:23:52 | More by kinger
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: A few shades darker than a penny under a finger of white head that sticks to the glass nicely.

S: Sweet, fruity malt, grain, whole wheat bread and butter.

T: The initial taste is a tawny, rich lightly roasted malt flavor that is deep and vibrant. This melds seamlessly into the aftertaste which is richly malty, biscuity, and simple. There is a dryness that lends a balance to all the malt in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied and rich. The carbonation is smooth but not overly biting.

D: Very drinkable and very satisfying.

Overall: This beer smells rather like a good Czech Pilsner, and tastes rather like a good lager mixed with a bock, and somehow is none of the above. This is a true classic; the taste is something every beer enthusiast should know. Try this beer...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 06:06:26 | More by allforbetterbeer
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KornWallace

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-05-2014 20:37:43 | More by KornWallace
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-28-2013 23:41:29 | More by Barnsley
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing is another company that can be considered one of the "pioneers" of the microbrew revolution. Who knows where American beer might be if Fritz Maytag stuck to selling household appliances instead of beer. Anchor Steam Beer is a unique beer that is just a bit funkier than your average run-of-the-mill American macro.

This beer pours a nice copper/amber color with a decent off-white foam that lasts for about 30 seconds. A very fruity aroma emminates from this beer with a light hoppiness detectable underneath that. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and there is a low-moderate amount of carbonation in this brew. The fruity flavors seem to be the focus here, and a bubblegum like flavor seems to partner up with the fruitiness. There are some hints of caramel malt with an even lighter hint of buttery toffee. Some soapy flavors make their presence felt as well, with a low-moderate hop bitterness popping up in the finish with a grapefruit like quality. The aftertaste has some flavors of toasty grains, and is more dry then I was expecting. The beer finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a very easy to drink beer, and even though it isn't the most complex brew in the world it is certainly an interesting one. I wouldn't mind having this with some "finger foods" such as mozzarella sticks, potato skins, buffalo wings, etc. Fritz did the beer drinking world a service by saving the Anchor Brewery, and I'll salute him by drinking a few of these anyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 03:48:00 | More by Beastdog75
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've had this in at least 20 yrs...probably the first micro that I had.
Clear amber ..big off-white head..lacing hangs around ...head drops to a film.
Very little smell...faint malt....metal.
Tastes at first like bitter almond....then a sweet malt emerges...grainy, burnt toast....the bitter is always present and is dominant at the finish with it's strange little almond/cherry bite.
Medium bodied; high carbonation.
I found the bitter odd flavor too much for me and did not finish it...I let it warm to see if more malt or something would come out and balance it...but it just didn't get better.
I still think this beer is worth a try...everybody likes different flavors , as odd as they may seem to others.
I don't ever remember tossing one of these in the old days.
Has it changed or has my taste changed..????

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 13:20:41 | More by Hautacam
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gnikola

Serbia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-17-2013 14:28:56 | More by gnikola
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Lupe

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber-copper color nice, thick and chunky head (that dissipates quick) that leaves nice lace. Great apperance, makes your mouth water just looking at it. Not much to the smell, some malt and floral hop aroma, but what it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, especially for a lager. Starts with light caramel malt taste which then leads the way toward the hops. Some citrus flavor and a crisp bitterness lead to a dry finish and a lasting aftertaste. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 13:54:25 | More by Lupe
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 06:09:48 | More by Padron4KM
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a trip to San Francisco I drank quite a bit of this stuff from the hotel bar. I'd had it in the bottles at home a few times before, but this is just so much better off tap. Needless to say I saw pleasantly surprised when I fould this on tap locally at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells like nice malts with a bit of hops thrown in there.

The taste is much like the smell, lots of sweet maltiness with a little bitter bite at the end.

This beer goes down very smooth. It is fairly creamy with a nice balance.

Very drinkable, one of my favorite tap offerings. This keg traveled particularly well. If it wasn't for the distance I would have this beer as often as I can.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 04:38:50 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,490 ratings.