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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,003 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,003
Reviews: 1,872
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 141
Gots: 462 | 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 gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a SA snifter glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown, chestnut, with a 1 finger head that laces around the glass quickly. Maple syrup on the smell, sweet malt, sugary much like a Bock. Sweet sugars on the tongue caramel, very grainy lager taste a tad bitter on the finish. The feel light and dry. Very enjoyable beer, has alot of good characteristics that are hybrid from other styles.

gabedivision, May 28, 2011
Photo of KillaB
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -22.3%

mpenske, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of ghostwalker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish gold body with a finger of white head. A very rich and robust appearance for a lighter, quenching craft beer choice.

Nose is sour graininess. Different.

Flavor is also different than any other brew, IMHO. Grainy up front, a sour and light bitterness on the finish. Not so much hoppiness as palate cleanser. A good balanced brew with a unique flavor blend.

Mouthfeel is cleansing and smooth.

Drinkability is very high. Always a favorite with food. It's high availability on the West Coast makes it one that I go to often when traveling on business.

ghostwalker, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

od_sf, Apr 27, 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 Naes
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark copper in color with a three inch white head which provides adequate lacing and retention.
The aroma has a caramel malt base, yet remains hopier than I expected.
The flavor is also of caramel malt with a hop presence near the finish. There is also a citrus rind characteristic within this brew.
Mouth feel is light to medium in body and has active carbonation.

Naes, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours copper/amber with a thick off-white head that lasts for a good while. Not much lacing left behind.

S-Balanced between caramel malt and citrussy hops, yet the malt seems to slightly edge out the hop notes.

T-Near perfect balance between hops and malt. The hops supply a citrussy, yet grassy and slightly earthy flavor. The malt is slightly toasty with hints of caramel. I had guessed the hops were some kind of Noble hop due to the grassy favor I was picking up, but they use Northern Brewer. Regardless the flavor is very good.

M-Thick and creamy. Its a heavier beer.

D-The low abv. and great flavor make this one that you could enjoy many of during a single session. However, its a heavy beer which could possibly cut into the number consumed at one time.

Overall, this a true classic. I think it is one of those beers that often gets over looked and is under appreciated, especially in our culture of bigger and bolder beers. It is truly a great beer and every time I drink it I feel privileged to be able to drink such a masterpiece. To me its nearly a perfect beer.

thegodfather2701, May 27, 2012
Photo of Pauly2X
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep clear golden color, one finger head.

S- Spicy hop aroma with hints of light caramel malts.

T- Grainy leading to roasted malt in the middle with light notes of fruityness and a pleasant dry hop finish.

M- Smooth, decent carbonation.

D- Not quite as drinkable as most "light" beers, but enjoyable nevertheless.

You just gotta give it up for the true American beer!

Pauly2X, May 12, 2008
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Popp24, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +3.6%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Tayloraphilips
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 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 Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Larrydoherty, May 14, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JVoyager, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of simont1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

simont1, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Wortman1998
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Wortman1998, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%

Rwalford74, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of jrand2621
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jrand2621, Nov 17, 2014
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
Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

morrowd3, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BigOldOaf
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

BigOldOaf, May 04, 2014
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
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,003 ratings.