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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

4,751 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,751
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 365 | 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 Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours golden / bronze. Nice lasting offwhite head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, hops. Taste is hops. sweet malty caramel. Palate is medium body, smooth and creamy, nice carbonation. Finishes sweet malt and caramel balanced by slightly bitter hops. Goes down smooth and easy. A very good and tasty brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

Pours medium dark amber-brown with a short creamy head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing, moderate to high carbonation. Not a lot in the nose, mostly barley, hops, and a hint of fruit. Taste starts off very empty, but flavors come out through the sip, ending with a rather sharp bitterness. Although the mouthfeel is smooth, the bitterness stands out and there is no counterbalance of other flavors. I'd like to try it on tap.

aquatonex, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

erha2, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev +3.6%

toppoop, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -22.3%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -22.3%

100200300, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours out perfect amber, clear with moderate carbonation bubbles racing towards the top. The head is a fluffy two finger to three fingers high (depending of glass size.) that retains great. Sticks all around the glass. Off white is color.

The aroma is a balance between the clean toasted malt and the mild spice from the hop.

The taste is well crafted. A perfect toasted caramel malt flavor blended with a slightly bitter citrus hop.

Easy to drink medium body with some mild carbonation.

This is hands down one of the best crafted lager on the market, well worth the extra dollar. I can enjoy this brew any time.

Luigi, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of jkrich
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. squatty bottle with coded date on back of label.

Poured a beautiful, clear, deep gold to amber with orange gold highlights. a fluffy off-white head slowly dissipated leaving minimal lacing.

Subdued hop aroma and rich malt aroma

Truly a remarkably balanced beer with malt being the dominant flavor, yet with a refreshing crispness from the hops. Very clean tasting and smooth with a slight caramel taste.

Light to medium bodied with crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

I recall when I first tasted this beer over ten years ago, I thought it was thick and heavy. No doubt, I was not a very knowledgeable or experienced beer drinker at that time. This is one of the most satisfying beers for any season or occasion.

jkrich, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of jmbranum
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

jmbranum, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

355ml bottle
4.9% ABV

I tried this beer on May 23, 2008 at "The Beer Bistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent medium reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma was citrusy hops, and some sweetish malt. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and well carbonated. The flavour was very hoppy, leaving a bitterness on the tongue, as well as a little sour apple taste.

cyrenaica, May 24, 2008
Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

This was the first craft brew that I ever had, so it'll always hold a special place in my liver.

Poured from a bottle. Copper color with a white head that mostly dissipates. Minimal lacing. Aroma was that of earthy notes and citrus. Tasted of funky wheat, malts and citrus. Light to light-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one once in awhile. Still a good beer!

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours a rich, crystal-clear dark bronze to copper. Head is creamy, white, and lathery in texture. Good retention.

S: Aromatics are malty, but rounded. Grains are present and full of character. What should "beer" smell like? It should smell like this!

T: The taste is clean. Malts are lip-smackin' good, rounded out by grain. I taste barely. Like actual barley. I get bready, and cracker notes. But not overly sweet. There's enough mild bitterness to keep this brew nicely balanced. This is delicious. It's not a mind blowing brew, but here simple is good.

M: Medium bodied and lingers on the pallet. The creamy head adds great texture and contrast. This is one smooth brew..

Overall, I really like this brew. Will definitely try again. This isn't the kind of beer that will inspire a revelation or challenge your convictions--although, it might be a revelation in that to me this is what a basic, simple beer could and should be and it might challenge your convictions if you've been succumbing to pretension and fad brews, thinking that only an esoteric style or brewing method or exotic ingredients can result in a glass full of joy. This beer is... zen like for me!

logicalparadox, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Andrew041180, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

WillAndSarah, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

IRONRakkasan, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -22.3%

mpenske, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of suspect
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Crystal clear, pure orange, slightly light amber in color. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a huge fluffy 3 finger, super creamy head that disappears in under a minute. Lacing is spotty but present and sticks to the glass.

S: Citrus forward (lemony), the yeast is ultra present as well. Malt backend is present, yet subdued.

T: Unlike the smell, it's malt-forward as opposed to citrusy-hop forward. However, the hops are definitely present here. Lager-yeast is present on the backend.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Sticky mouthfeel.

O: What can I say? It's Anchor Steam. It's phenomenally unique. This is one of my go-to beers pretty much anytime.

suspect, May 26, 2011
Photo of Dirty25
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Dirty25, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Guitars_and_beer, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikehillman, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ryser2k, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of RedChrome
2.78/5  rDev -28%

Pour was a very nice almost orange color. Tons of carbonation help highlight the nice cream colored head. Almost no lacing.

Had a very hoppy aroma upon first sniff. Second whiff hints at fruity aromas that almost smell like a fruit salad. I noted hints of pineapple, lemon, apricot, and pears.

Not that impressed with the taste. This brew was to bitter even for my taste. The fruit wasn't in balance to the hops, which overpowered the whole flavor. Might taste fantastic with slighlty less hop.

Feels slighty watery but has a fair amount of carbonation that dances on the edges of my mouth.

If you don't mind the bitterness, this might be a good choice for you. It doesn'tfit my tastes, and unfortunatly, won't go onto my list of would drink again beers.

RedChrome, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Necronomad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Necronomad, Jun 18, 2014
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,751 ratings.