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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,405 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 245 | 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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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this and Flying Dog's Old Scratch (Lager Amber Lager?) simultaneously to see how they match up. I originally tried Anchor Steam in San Diego a couple years ago, before I had any idea what I was doing, beer-wise, and didn't like it.

I have since seen the light. Anchor Steam is a wonderful beer. First of all, its bottle shape and label design are perfect, and once in the glass it looks about as beautiful as a beer can look. Perfect amber color, slightly cloudier than the Old Scratch, with a nice white head. It smells and tastes very creamy, feels full and soft, and is quite refreshing. Slight bitter aftertaste. I can see why this beer is a classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 03:26:20 | More by battlekow
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2011 19:03:42 | More by Jstark5150
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Necronomad

Switzerland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-18-2014 16:23:01 | More by Necronomad
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Rootdog316

Virginia

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

Light brown color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice malt sweetness, balanced by a nice hop spiciness. Mild taste. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is very full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A simple well made beer. Classic style. "

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 07:29:25 | More by Rootdog316
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depechemode1983

Texas

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

A - Pours a medium clear amber/copper color. Head is off white with decent retention. Lacing is is substantial.

S - Tons of earth in the nose. Getting light floral hops, bread, fresh grains and hints of caramel. Excellent.

T - Again lots of earth character and floral undertones. Getting lots of bread and wheat flavors. Bitterness is minimal but gives it just a bit a balance.

M - Medium bodied. Very soft on the palate. Carbonation is perfect.

O - A great beer. Very earthy and easy to take in. I think this one would be very approachable to a non-craft beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:10:51 | More by depechemode1983
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Portertime

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer is a wonderful quaff poured a crystal clear amber color. Served well chilled out of the fridge in a pint glass. Aromas were of citrus and piney hops in the nose and some caramel malts. The taste gives way to soft citrus and pine hops with a hint of caramel and a biscuity malt quality. A finely complex brew for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:58:07 | More by Portertime
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a wonderful deep amber with a thick, wispy head that left good lace on the glass.

S: Smelled great--definitely some caramel maltiness but mainly an overpowering citrus and fruity aroma. One of the most interesting noses I've ever experienced on an ale like this.

T&M: Wish I could say it tasted the same as it smelled. Initially, the beer has some earthy, grainy flavors, but it quickly turns to intense bitterness. Absent from this was a strong hop flavor, which often enhances the bitterness in such a style. The bite increases in the finish and lingers for quite a while. I basically had to drink the whole thing quickly in about 4 big gulps after the initial taste to keep the bitterness from lingering any long than it had to. Mouthfeel was average: Lots of carbonation, and easy to get down (if you can get by the bitterness).

D: It has a good mouthfeel, but the intense bitterness severely limits the drinkability for me. I could see drinking it with some spicier foods, but definitely not a beer I could sit down and flat-out drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 19:10:26 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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ATXRyan

Texas

1/5  rDev -74.1%

04-25-2012 21:43:15 | More by ATXRyan
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle with a Braille like code 3MN, twelve ounces.

Has a Brady malt aroma. Pours deep amber with a nice beige head. The head lasts about a minute with moderate spotty lacing on the glass. The taste is Brady, slightly fruity. It is crisp not overly carbonated. Very nice, should be even better on a hot summers day!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 00:44:00 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Jamstone714

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-30-2011 03:27:50 | More by Jamstone714
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AaronBurr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-11-2013 03:33:35 | More by AaronBurr
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-28-2014 04:36:49 | More by DCdevyl78
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-16-2014 00:21:44 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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Brian700

Michigan

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

This one pours a clear amber color with a white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt with a mild citrus hop aroma.

The flavor is very nice. Good malt profile here. There is some caramel presence along with a clean hop flavor. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great session brew, very drinkable. I remember liking this beer more than I did this one. I will update review this one again when I get a bottle that I know is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 04:32:51 | More by Brian700
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Joel12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-02-2012 02:40:04 | More by Joel12
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JALIEN

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-25-2012 23:14:29 | More by JALIEN
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Theogre83

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2013 18:29:03 | More by Theogre83
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-08-2014 14:19:31 | More by HuntDaddy540
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer, a definitely departure from the heavily malts and sweets of east coast PA’s. I found this beer to be extremely effervescent in terms of its pop and carbonation.

I could sense a vegetable like aftertaste that followed a slightly fruity beginning. A very good beer, but very expensive. Worth a try. The lingering aftertaste is a nice reminder.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 01:21:31 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze amber color with a frothy white head that retains well and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is a little sour but also malty and fruity.

Tastes strongly of caramel with some roasted malt, some citrus notes and a strange bite in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. An interesting beer to try but not as great as I was lead to believe. I'm not sure what it was but at times this tasted a little stale...it actually came in a plastic amber bottle so maybe that affected it in some way. I'll probably try this one again down the line to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 22:52:14 | More by Vengeance526
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king75

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a golden amber orange color with a head that is quickly dissipating.

S-Is pretty generic, can smell corn and grains, nit much else.

T- Is pretty generic as well, can taste the grains and a light trace of hops. Not bad, but not extremely memorable.

M-This one goes down very smooth, light on the palate and has a great crisp, refreshing finish. This one would be great on a hot day.

D- drinkability on this one is great. It is refreshing, light and not over powering. Could easily be used as a session beer.

Notes: This is a very delightful beer, very good example of the style. Would of given this one a better rating but the smell and taste are just not very memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 02:32:39 | More by king75
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-22-2012 22:11:42 | More by ThirdEyePA
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-26-2012 18:53:23 | More by jhillwastaken
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RWLawman

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

04-18-2012 23:43:29 | More by RWLawman
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Jason_Quad


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2012 18:48:01 | More by Jason_Quad
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,405 ratings.