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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

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4,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,846
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 344 | 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 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.

01-06-2008 21:16:13 | More by jmbranum
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

This is truly a classic brew, from a brewery who has truly mastered this style.
Pours a deep brown color with orange highlights and a thick yellowish colored head and great lacing. Smells of orange peel and vanilla, and some barley. Tastes of wonderful barley, orange peel, vanilla, and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Drinkability is exceptional.

10-13-2010 23:18:29 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of rogerthegill


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-24-2012 02:00:35 | More by rogerthegill
Photo of cjac


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-31-2012 23:09:14 | More by cjac
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-31-2013 02:11:51 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2012 04:09:21 | More by cantfindme
Photo of HoustonTX


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pale cloudy copper color, with a red hue. Small amount of head/lacing.

S - Earthy malts/alcohol.

T - Medium-bodied, light roasty malts, earthy tones, small citrus twang, and hop biterness which is pronounced from start to end. Leaves a clean perfectly bitter aftertaste.

M - Adequate carbonation and tasty on the palte.

Smooth drinking beer, and ultra unique. Definitely a solid brew for any occasion and one that I will be going back to in the near future. A must try.

07-16-2006 01:32:11 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

A- This brew has a very nice golden color, that is ever so slightly chill hazed. The head is impressive at first, taking up a good third of my beer glass, but I have to note that it really settles quickly....it does finally settle down to a thick film over the brew. Lacing appears to be excellent, as there is a great deal of small patchy foam clinging to my glass. Carbonation appears to be mild and fine looking...a very decent looking beer!

S- There is a medley of aromas going on here...I detect a good strong malt presence, along with some Earthy spice, some floral notes as well as some fruit...almost a blend of banana and citrus zest. The finish is of fresh hop bitterness. Very nice smelling!

T- Following the aromas quite closely, this is a very flavorful beer. The malt beginnings give way to some banana fruit, especially after it warms a bit, as well as some caramel/toffee notes. The finish is pleasantly fresh and shows some great bittering hop presence! A very nicely balanced beer from start to finish!

M- While this is still a light bodied beer in my opinion, it leans towards medium. The carbonation, while plentiful, is finely tuned and doesn't take away from anything. This is a very refreshing, flavorful brew overall!

O- I can't recall ever having Anchor Steam prior to this review, which surprised me, but regardless, this is a very enjoyable beer, which I will be sure to pick up again in the future. It's very well rounded beer and probably one of the tastiest lagers a person will find. It has shades of an English Ale, which is what I think is drawing me to it so well. Highly recommended!

10-20-2011 00:27:44 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

12-24-2008 00:24:08 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-10-2013 12:53:34 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
Photo of BeanBone


4.4/5  rDev +14%

Appearance: Clear orange/amber body with a huge and off-white craggy head that leaves decent lacing

Aroma: Caramel and toasted malt ride atop more subtle hops and lemon notes

Taste: Quite bitter up front with rich toasted malt, caramel, banana, and citrus right behind - this is a full-bodied beer

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a good amount of carbonation, leaves a nice grain-like aftertaste

Drinkability: While you can't doubt the boldness of this beer, it's still wonderfully sessionable

Verdict: This beer easily earns its status as an absolute legend by being both crucial to the revival of American beer and downright delicious. We owe this beer a lot, buy some and enjoy a few pints of your history.

04-25-2008 18:13:33 | More by BeanBone
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

best before 7 2012. beauty clear light copper colour. decent head that fades quick.

smell was heavy malt, with some citrus.

taste also malty, citrusy. slight bitterness. good carbonation but found this sort of dull as a whole - much like other times i've tried it. average drinkability.

01-05-2011 05:39:20 | More by fostachild
Photo of Alex5

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

12-10-2013 21:47:41 | More by Alex5
Photo of aoampm


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-08-2014 02:59:11 | More by aoampm
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4/5  rDev +3.6%

I haven't had this in quite some time, and hadn't been overly impressed when I did. Upon further review, however, I find this to be quite a nice beer. This would be a good beer to use to try and win over a macro drinker, as it is not too bitter or strong, but miles above the "big three". Nice, malty flavor, smooth and a little creamy. Some hop bitterness, but not much (compared to a lot of micros). Pours a nice, amber color, some carbonation, but not too much. Slightly sweet, and I wouldn't drink too many because of that. Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable beer, from a company that makes consistently terrific product.

04-01-2003 19:58:15 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of SimonTja


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-03-2013 03:11:36 | More by SimonTja
Photo of zerk


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A very unique beer... copper / amber with a thin white head... leaves a good lace on the glass. Malta aroma, some caramel and spice. Upfront, the flavor has a grainy charateristic, then bitter hops, followed by a slight sweetness. Has a rough mouthfeel, and a meduim body. It's been years since I tried this one... and this was probably one of the first micros I can remember truely enjoing. A classic.

10-27-2002 15:13:26 | More by zerk
Photo of Jarod


3.63/5  rDev -6%

It pours into the glass a clear dark gold/copper caramel color. The head is not too thick but large. The lace on the sides is quiet evident to the end of the glass. The aroma is of malt, caramel, hops, floral and some spices. The taste in the beginning has hints of caramel (slightly sweet) then hoppy. Followed by some citrus and a little bitter. It then goes slightly sweet again before it finishes somewhat dry. The flavor stays with you a little while after. Not what it used to be, but it is still a good starter beer.

12-02-2002 08:50:19 | More by Jarod
Photo of midnitesun11


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-18-2013 00:02:38 | More by midnitesun11
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


4.13/5  rDev +7%

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.

10-14-2010 23:23:05 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of SHCC


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-28-2012 03:53:21 | More by g_jenkins
Photo of silverking


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2013 01:43:05 | More by silverking
Photo of Andrew041180


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-10-2013 13:45:10 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of aqualung23


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-24-2013 19:06:27 | More by aqualung23
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.