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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

4,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,978
Reviews: 1,869
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 451 | 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 foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +3.6%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of a0lbudman
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-clear dark gold with an off white head that faded quick
S-sweet or mint aroma with some caramel
T-slight malt taste but a different hop bitterness that i am not use to, but it was pleasant
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-Glad I pulled this out and tried it. This was different and I like this style

a0lbudman, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of jmbranum
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light orange beer with lots of visible carbonation and a nice and sticky, white sea foam head with great retention. Very aromatic, with smells of crisp lemon and light wheat malts coming up to the nose. Maybe a touch of orange. Very pleasant.

The taste is unique in its blend of bitterness and maltiness. The bitterness is quick and clean, but gritty in the end. The wheat malts come in and fill in the cracks, making the taste very full. The bitterness is sharp and poignent, leaving a very dry finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste. There is a lemon rind zest that brings the flavor full-circle and gives the beer its character. All the flavors are right on, but somehow the mouthfeel seems slightly too carbonated, making it fizzy in the mouth. The other aspects of the mouthfeel are dead on though, perfectly dry and crisp.

This is one of those beers that other beers of this style get compared too. I really enjoy this one and will always take one if offered, and will still buy on occasion.

chodinheaven, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Popp24, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Larrydoherty, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Tayloraphilips, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of jkrich
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 07, 2009
Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NiceTaps, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of SimonTja
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SimonTja, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Wortman1998
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Wortman1998, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields just under a finger of off-white head. The body is a a nice color ranging somewhere between dark amber and light copper. Some bubbles can be seen drifting up to the top. A ring is left around the top of the beer with a little lacing noted during consumption.

There is a light caramel sweetness noted with a strong clean malt aroma. Grain and fresh grassy hops compliment.

Sweet malt and grassy hops form a flavor that seems a little simpler than the nose told of. There is a bitterness at the end that melds with a bready flavor to make the end very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very singular. Carbonation is heavier than expected, and likely keeps the beer from bogging down, as I bet it would be much heavier if the carbonation were lighter. Slightly dry finish.

CFHMagnet, Mar 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jhillwastaken, May 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%

Rwalford74, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sir_Goatman, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

morrowd3, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JVoyager, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

retry4z, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

100200300, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 4,978 ratings.