Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,061 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,061
Reviews: 1,877
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 493 | 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 csurowiec
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tmm313
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright transparent amber with 1/2 finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: Was not expecting this in the least. Pear, apple, caramel, slight citrus hops and sweet spiciness. Just a touch of booze. It reminds me of a sweet white wine.

Taste: Bready with slight caramel malt. Finish is a rush of sweet pear, apple juice, piney hops, and soft pepper.

Mouthfeel: Super light and refreshing with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with bready, fruity and peppery aftertaste.

Overall: This one caught me completely off guard. I was expecting a lager and got something more similar to a fruit beer. And a pretty good one, too. Hot summer days beg for this beer.

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of aflies
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of jordanimal
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw with an active head that settles to a lace and nice sticky cap.

Aroma is hoppy and malt to balance. Very fresh aroma with a nice floral hit that makes your mouth water.

Grain takes a back seat to the hops on the flavor profile. The hops are nice and make this a very entertaining beer. Spicy and floral, they give a nice flavor with the mild grain flavor. I kinda wish there were more grain to this one, it would be perfect.

Good refreshing beer, makes me want to have another.

Photo of harrylee773
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Syraquse
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of EF4
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Anchor Steam was amber in color and clear, and had a nice head. After a few minutes only a thin layer was left, but did leave some lacing. There were some hops in the aroma. The taste was good. A light malt flavor with plenty of hops. The Northern Brewer hops are a nice change from what I'm used to. It was medium in both body and carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Poured into Sam Adams boston lager glass

A: pours amber orange with a frothy white 2 finger head that is falling slowly as i type.
S: malty, with a light almost banana, with a citrus background.
T: toasted malt, light hop bitterness, slightly sweet aftertaste.
M: medium carbonation, kind of chewy.
D: very, would be great pizza beer, just need some pizza. glad i bought in a six pack and not a single.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of instinct2
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dspinler
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The big deal with this beer is that it brewed in a unique fashion (fermenting with a lager yeast at ale temps) but that it also was saved from extinction by Fritz Maytag in the 1970s. It's an interesting story but how about the beer?

It is a classic, but it is a classic that must be cared for properly, just like a lot of other good beers. When fresh Anchor Steam has an agressive bitterness that is tempered with a healthy dose of caramel malts. These malts add some sweetness and body and a little bit of a rustic character. If this beer isn't consumed when fresh it tends to be more balanced, and well, kind of boring. It's the fresh hop bitterness that can really grab the attention of your tastebuds. The unique esters obtained from the unique fermentation process are subtle and could be interpreted as faults. I do believe these mineral-like qualities created by the yeast are under-appreciated.

Photo of diablo14
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of obrike
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've passed this beer up on dozens of occassions...finally broke down and bought a sixer at Sprouts in Round Rock, Texas for $8.50.

Very nice looking beer...amber, light orage...nice dense head on a hard pour with decent lacing.

The smell left me a bit bored...certainly not bad, but nothing really stands out. Clean, crisp, maybe a hint of sweetness, but not much beyond that.

It's funny, upon first sip, i was reminded of a general lager...maybe a PBR...with a bit more sweetness and less adjunct "corn" flavor. Again, not bad, but certainly noththing to write home about.

Nice carbonation, smooth...good, not great.

Drinkability is good, but I don't think I'll buy this again as i'm a bit bored with it, considering I can get a decent IPA at a cheaper price here in Texas. There's no way this should be priced more than any Sierra Nevada sixer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of malcontent
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Haven't had this old standard in ages so it's high time for a review.

Pours a light amber with a comfortable amount of head on top. Head fades into respectable lacing with a healthy stream of bubbles rising to the top.

Grainy mash scent with little hops to speak of. Not the most fragrant of beers but not offputting at all.

Slight pisner-ish hay taste, refreshing hop presence although not a dominant force in this brew. Slightly tangy quality to a finish that is otherwise very clean.

Good body and very crisp carbonation that avoids numbing the tongue. This will never blow away my taste buds but Anchor Steam is one of the very best sessionable American beers in my estimation. Just an easy drinking, well-made brew to have while hanging out with friends.

Photo of thekanna
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with huge, white frothy head that remains. Leaves a coat of lace on my glass.

Smell: Yeasty and warm horse-trough like. Slight notes of sweetness, but this is overcome by a macro lager-type sour cooked vegetable smell.

Taste: Interesting. Bready malts go down smoothly to reveal a long-lasting hop bitterness. Hops just will not dissipate; they leave quite a memorable bite.

Overall: Drinkable, but too much like a BMC to waste the extra couple of bucks on for a sixer.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger off white head diminished to a cloudy, wispy surface with a few large bubbles hanging around, moderate carbonation. Bronze and orange colour. There was a gentle scent, fruity on opening, then floral; with air and warming, took on an earthy nose. Taste was very earthy hops, bitter with a malty follow through. This reminded me of a very work horse type of brew - steady, reliable but nothing in particular aside from a strong malt composition distinguished it. Honest and down to earth beer none the less mostly characterized by its malty core; a wee bit filling for my tastes.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,061 ratings.