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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

4,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,886
Reviews: 1,862
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 132
Gots: 409 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

salinasa, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

GreyGhost4, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jesus808, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Matthew607
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Matthew607, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Steam Beer pours a light honey brown with a tan creamy head. Plenty of gobs of lacing down the glass.

Smells lightly of syrup and honey with fruity and floral undertones. A gentle scent with no aspect overwhelming another.

More of the same as the nose with a stronger honey and fruit scent. Again, soft flickers of flavor that are enjoyable, but faint. The finish is underwhelming and lacks definition as the flavor just thins out and drifts away. Hop bitterness doesn't provide the proper leverage to balance this one out.

Mouthfeel is medium with an ample dose of carbonation. Very drinkable beer that I could find myself enjoying several. Great segueway into the fall as it is a slightly sweeter tasting beer, but doesn't hit as hard as some of the malt bombs that come with the fall.

Jmamay22, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

blastoderm55, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of DemoniChris
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DemoniChris, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TrojanRB, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had tried this a few years ago and tried it again on the recommendation of a fellow BA (Thanks DKB!) who says it's one of his favorites. It was like trying it again for the first time. Beautiful orange amber in the glass with a healthy (almost decadent) head of foam that lingered through the first few sips and laced the glass. Malty nose, but the initial taste was a nice balanced malt and (fruity?) hops that added a whole bunch of tastes to the mix. Not cloying, not too bitter, and definitely very drinkable. A bit of astringent in the aftertaste, but nothing to detract from the flavor. Loved it. I understand the attraction.

tugdriver7, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of sneth019
3/5  rDev -22.3%

sneth019, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of necoadam
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Color was copper with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell was quite clean but some of the malts really showed up in the aromas. They were a little bit more rich than the bottle verison. Taste was a little bit of a let down. It focused more on the earthy tones than anything. I was expecting more of a hop/malt combination just like the bottle verison, but it was mostly earth tones. Not bad by any means, but I would of liked to see some more flavors in there.

necoadam, Jul 05, 2004
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Caskaway, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

nquigley16, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Between an illness and a long business trip, I've not had a chance to relax and enjoy and review a beer. This is a nice beer to return to.

Clear medium copper with a small bumpy head and many columns of carbonation. Nose is a powdery collection of malt with a hint of bitterness. Taste is smooth, well-balanced, with a very mild lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, a firm body. Nothing off-putting at all in this highly sessionable brew. Get it. Enjoy it.

pentathlete, Feb 11, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

IRONRakkasan, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from August 2010 notes. I think it was at Parker Pie Co.

A- Clear gold with a bit of a copper glow to it. Fine white foam covers the liquid throughout and leaves some great looking layered lacing.

S- Hard for me topick up anything here. Light grain with a slight caramel feel to it. Very lightly hopped.

T- The smell led me in the right direction but the taste is less boring. Some sourness, a bit of boiled veggies. I thought this would be more special. Very little after-taste. Not offensive though. Very little after-taste with a bit more of that sourness. A bit watery.

M- Fuller than the relatively thin taste. Low carbonation. Dry.

D- Very easy to drink.

Won't be buying this again in stores but since tonight is 2$ draft night, I might spend another 6 bucks.

Yoonisaykul, Jun 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

keithmurray, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Eastside151, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of BeerAngel
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly good beer! Pours a very clear light caramel color with a medium off-white head that leaves a lace down the glass. The smell is that of a non-complex, yet inviting caramel and malt. This is one "hopped-up" lager with tastes of a repeat of the aromas along with a crisp hop bite. It is light bodied and very well balanced. Maybe not totally true to the style in the hops category, who cares...this one is very good and has character to be remembered! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderately thick, golden beige head. Smell is mainly malts with a hint of citrusy hops. Taste is malty, but a good balance of bitter hops. Nuts & oak are present. Feel is nicely carbonated. This is a drinkable beer and incredibly unique.

theghost3, Jan 04, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,886 ratings.