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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

4,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 1,856
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 131
Gots: 377 | 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%

Sir_Goatman, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Brinks, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of trevorwideman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper colour, pours with just a finger of frothy head, carbonation not vicious, but very pretty. Smells hoppy sweet, caramel and citrus notes.

Taste is wonderfully hoppy, refreshingly bitter, and full of sour citrus, grapefruity...

Mouthfeel has a nice bite to it, sticks to the back of the throat. A very summery beer. This says "west coast" to me in a big way. Even though I haven't much experience with this style, I'm already a bit of a fan.

trevorwideman, Sep 07, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SD-Alefan, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of rowbow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rowbow, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Greasy
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

Greasy, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of pweis909
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review based on three bottles consumed over 3-day period.

This bottles served up an amber beer with a thin foam.

Both malt and some fruity aromas were noted. These aromas were not strong, but pleasant.

The malt in the taste reminded me of some Euro pilsner malts, and the hoppy bitterness was strong.

The beer satisifingly coated my mouth.

The malt and the smooth mouth, makes this a pleasure to drink. The bitter finish is just a little harsh at first, not my favorite hops, but the malt is so good.

pweis909, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger, sticky, foamy white head that lasts forever.

Smell is of faint hops, not much of a smell really. There is a little bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is unique. Its hard to pinpoint exact flavors but this isnt a bad thing. There is some hops bitterness, perhaps a little citrus present. Maybe a little bit of a wheat taste. There is also a little malt. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good and this brew is very drinkable. A great session beer. Despite there not being distinct flavors this is a good brew and if you haven't ever picked this up you should do so and give it a try. Despite it not being my favorite Anchor beer (the Liberty Ale is) this is solid.

hckyfn9999, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Not much head formation. Its a nice amber color with a little reddishness to it and a bit of cloudiness. The aroma is a nice, malty aroma with some woodiness (similar to a Scottish Ale). The taste is a little bitter up front and finishes very sweetly with a taste similar to the smell. Its pretty light in body and very drinkable and refreshing and would make a good session beer. Cheers.

SkunkWorks, Dec 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Donkster46, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like no other amber I have ever had before. Floral taste with a crisp hoppy-bitter aftertaste. After a few sips it became one of my favorite beers. Has an awesome color too it, good all the way around...not very scented though but that to me is by far the least important qualty of a beer.

allboutbierge, Oct 18, 2002
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at world market in lansing michigan. ($1.49)
pours a deep copper with a off white head that was about a finger thick.
the aroma is malt, hint of hops, hint of peaches.
the flavor is malty, hopsack, grassy, mineraly, clean, finishes with a lingering hop flavor.
anchor steam is a great beer, easy drinker.

plaztikjezuz, Jul 23, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ejh06752, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Joel12, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

a_beckman25, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice semi-dark orange/apricot with a thin white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of citrus/spicy hops, doughy, yeasty, pretty sweet smelling.

Pretty tasty, sweet bready malts, a citrusy hop bitterness, some hints of apple and steam...

Nice crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, exceptionally good!

GodOfBeer, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with an overabundance of white foam. The aroma is kinda hoppy but bland. The taste has a tartness that I don't find appealing, like it's meant to be acidic instead of build character. The finish is tart leaving a somewhat nasty aftertaste. No me gusta. Drain pour.

DesMoinesMike, Mar 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Jeeb, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rmehughes, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of elniko
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich amber coloring with nice head creamy head. High carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Malty with some floral tones that I pick up, I really enjoyed the nose on this beer.

T & M: This is one fine brew, one of my faves that I haven't gotten around to reviewing. Taste is wonderfully balanced, malt up front with nice finish of slight bitterness and floral tones. Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

D: Highly drinkable and sessionable. One of my faves, only complaint is high cost of six pack here in Texas.

elniko, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of cmq103
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This had a nice light, hazy golden color with a decent 1/2" head that didn't mind sticking around. Lacing was spot-on, literally...

Smell: An initial caramel, malty, fruity nose. I know it's not a Hefeweizen, but I clearly picked up banana in the aroma. This is a good thing for me since I enjoy the Hefeweizen style. I just wasn't expecting banana in this "steam" beer. No booziness at all. I can tell already this is going to be a good session beer.

Taste: Again, light caramel, malt and mild citrus hops. Not bittering at all, with a hint of sweetness to it, making it an easy drinking beer with great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was a perfect match to the nice, clean finish.

Overall: I would recommend this for anyone looking for a session beer that doesn't take a backseat in the flavor department. This will make my kegerator again in the future for sure.

cmq103, Oct 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Tayloraphilips, Jun 17, 2014
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,778 ratings.