Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,932
Hads: 5,516
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 185
Gots: 928 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of mjmbeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming from the grandfather of all craft beer this beer lives up to its rep
beautiful light coppery color with a nice very small bubbles head with a creamy smooth texture. A breadiness comes out in the taste. This is an easy drinking beer and well worth getting any time you can.

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in 22 ounce bottle.

A - Medium amber clear. Good off white head that lasted well.

F - Moderate malt with a strong hop bitterness. Moderately high hop flavor Finish was dry and crisp, lingering hop bitterness and had a solid malt flavor.

T - Medium bodied higher than average carbonation.

Excellent refreshing brew.

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Photo of RuEXP1
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served from 12 oz bottle into standard pint. pours a dark golden color. Little to no head when poured with a medium/heavy amount of carbonation, and a light amount of lacing.

S - Smells of fruit, maybe melon? Not to strong of a smell so it's tough to tell. Hops/malt come through as well.

T - Tastes of malt and some burnt caramel. Has a slight bitterness to it as well.

M - Has a nice tingle from the carbonation. Medium bodied beer that stays crisp the whole way through.

O - Solid beer that really embodies what a pilsner should be. I would say with this beer there is nothing 'new' about it. They set out to make a really solid beer and they did just that.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
3/5  rDev -22.1%

It's ok it's pretty damn pricy here in NYC. I've only had this when friends had it in there fridge. I would never buy it. Give me a lagonitas IPA instead.

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Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a 1 finger head lasting 5 seconds. I love the color of this brew, it looks exceptional. At first sip, it tasted somewhat like an ale, but later it subsided to a malty taste. I think this would be an excellent session beer (I will find out tonight.) Not too much in the aftertaste, but quite refreshing

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Photo of kboett77
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer. So different and interesting, and extremely drinkable. This is one of my top Session Beers. It is well structured in flavor, and drinkable with out being watery (aqueous?) or wimpy. I have difficulty describing the flavor, but I highly recommend you try it out right away.

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Photo of surcorx
1.66/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance--This pours a deep golden amber color. Nearly no surface foam. Low carbonation--nearly flat. No lacing.

Aroma--Smells of slight carmel, malt and hints of a metal trash can. Smells like a dirty bar room floor. Sorry. A combination of puke and metal.

Taste--This was terrible. Actually one of the first beers I have ever stopped drinking. No skunking, but possibly it has gone bad. Unfortunately, there are no dates for freshness. That is their fault for not labeling as such. It was bought at a very good high volume store--Binny's in Chicago. I am willing someday to try again based on the favorable reviews of others. But if it has gone bad it speaks volumes to the importance of date labeling.

Mouthfeel--Watery, flat metallic- awful.

Drinkability--I stopped drinking it.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber into a tulip glass. 1/2" ivory head disappears quickly.

S: Estery. Up front pear, followed by candied orange peel. Pleasing and promising.

T: Rich bready malts on a backbone of hop bitterness which lingers well into the finish. Well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Finishes long with a satisfying hop bitterness.

O: Well balanced and refreshing--an easy session beer.

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Photo of Ugarte_CP
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer at Lombard's Restaurant at Universal Studios Florida. Was very pleasantly surprised to enjoy a good micro-brew at the theme park. Great taste with no bitterness. Paired it with the Turkey burger and calamari appetizer. I will have to find this one again.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been drinking Anchor Steam Beer for awhile as my "what is that beer?" of choice, i.e. the ones that get my friends talking when I pull it out.

Upon pouring, it has a nice Amber colour with a decent head. There is not a lot of carbonation bubbles but it still has some kick when drinking it. It smells quite crisp and has a little bitterness to it. You can taste some of the hops, but it is not overpowering. There is a bit of an aftertaste but nothing bad. You can feel the beer on the front and back of the mouth.

I would suggest this as a nice beer to try if you want some hops but don't want to go all crazy with an American IPA.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has always bee one of my favorites. Some people find it not so good. The aftertaste is like really good french bread. This used to be an option before Sam Adams. If you wanted any other "craft brew" you had to make it. Wish the ABV was a bit higher, I never even knew until today.

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Photo of Webby64
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper, amber color with a slight haze and a good head which stuck around fer awhile. Smell was malty and touch of carmel, very nice. Taste was complex, lil bit of bite (hops) but malt and other well established but simple tastes are present. It is obvious that this beer has been around awhile. I am not too wordy today. I will say, this is very fine beer and I will definately get it again!


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Photo of 44ouncer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As tasted in the hospitality room after a tour of the brewery in San Francisco. Actually got yelled at by Fritz Maytag because I was heading toward the employees' bathroom instead of the one for brewery guests. Sorry, Fritz.

Appearance a wonderful golden red. Terrific smell -- a terrific blend of all the ingredients. The hops, the malt, everything. A smooth, rich taste, with just enough of a bite to remind you that this is an adult beverage. Not too harsh, though. Pefect. Mouthfeel was very smooth, yet rich. As far as drinkability was concerned, it's a great beer to sit around with family and friends with.

If you're ever planning on coming to San Francisco, make sure you make your reservations for the brewery tour ASAP. They only do them once a day -- for 12 or so people. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This would make a great session beer if it wasn't so expensive. Not incredibly intoxicating and I could easily drink this all night long without being overwhelmed.

Poured into Pint glass. Head was two fingers for about 30-45 seconds.

Appearance : Amber. Exactly what you would call amber.

Smell : Scent was not overpowering. Nothing citrus or floral.
Grainy if anything.

Taste : Cereal. tea.

Mouthfeel : Not too bitter. Not overly carbonated. Really a pleasant experience.

Drinkability : see first paragraph.

$10.79 for a 6 @ local package store.

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Photo of TheChauffeur1
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a red gold with some orange color good white head with a little lacing. Not much smell to speak of. I try not to review beer styles I do not like, but I should like this one. Some really like this beer. IMO it is just a run of the mill beer. Its ok, but lacks any depth or real taste to speak of. I have had many a bottle and this beer is better on tap. You can do much better than this one. Later

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Photo of TonyVic
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is classic. When poured it was clear, dark gold with a thick head. The head was really nice. It lasted all the way through the beer giving a nice refreshing aroma with every sip.

The body is full and creamy, giving a mouthfeel almost like clarified butter.

Aroma is hoppy and lightly floral but gives way to faint grassy scents. The taste is malty sweet and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of aquaphiliac
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mild amber color with a nice 2 inch head. There's great retention on the side of the glass and the head sustains for the duration of the glass.
There's some general bitterness in the nose that comes together as a distinct hop note as you drink it. Some faint sweetness detected in the smell as well.
The taste is rich for a lager; some malt flavor upfront with a nice dosage of piney hops on the back end. Overall a very "clean" taste but definitely more bold than your average lager.
Not a whole lot of carbonation in this one. Doesn't feel heavy on the palate but more substantial than expected.
I drank this a lot faster than I drink most 12oz beers; the bold feeling experienced does not in any way make you slow down and savor it.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer. I've seen it around for $9.99 + tax for a 6-pack so it's a good value for a very good lager.

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Photo of swede96
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thing about this beer is its beautiful appearance in a glass. I love the amber color, and the off white color of the head is very nice, I just wish the head had stayed around a little longer. Nice malty smell not over powering. Tastes very smoothe, with a slight citus or hoppy finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
2.47/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An average beer. Nothing special. Has a slight skunkish smell and taste to it. Lacks depth. Drinks smoothly with moderate/light carbonation. Aftertaste is not very pleasant, but not harsh.

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Photo of skineg
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Meduim, clear (not cloudy) amber color with 1/4 head that doesn't stick around long, but never completely goes away.

Smell:Sweet and lightly toasted malts with the smell of floral and herbal hops. I can definitely smell of hops in this brew, but not too strong.

Taste: This is just a very good beer. Well rounded and smooth with little aftertaste. Tastes a bit like a lager but is more smooth and has a hint of floral.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate, not Miller Lite, but very light nonetheless. Good, but not great in this department

Drinkability: Very drinkable and easy to put back a few because it doesn't fill you up

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Photo of JimBird
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed in a while; this is a good one to get back into it with:

Poured a pale amber color, with a decent head. Bright, hoppy aroma hit my nostrils as soon as I had poured it, with a hint of sweetness.
The taste is amazingly caramel-like. It doesn't taste as hoppy as it smells, but the flavor is there. Very good balance.
Slightly fizzy mouthfeel that adds a little prick to the character; best served ice cold.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer suprisingly more than I thought I would. Thumbs up!

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Photo of McDosey
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold medal game last night in the World Junior Hockey Championship, but no Canadian beer in the fridge. An Anchor Steam would have to do, and after Team USA won it in OT, an American beer was appropriate after all.

Poured about midway through the second period, the head was a beauty, piling up to a couple fingers worth of frothy off-white to light wheat-colored foam. Held steady, remaining a ring all the way down the glass. A deep yellow, not-quite-transparent beer, and pretty in the light.

Smell-wise, I couldn't get much of a noseful from what I poured. What I did get was hoppy more than anything, but not much else.

Though the smell was minimal, the taste was a strong, hop-forward blast. I would best descibe the taste as weedy - not in a bad way - and bitter. Hops definitely the senior partner in this brew, if you ask me. Taking a more deliberate gulp, the upfront bitterness fades into a very pleasant pulse of malty sweetness, which then evaporates back into a bitter, hoppy fade. Interesting.

Well-carbonated and flavorful, the Steam was plenty satsifying. Perhaps a little strong flavor-wise for an extended session, but ABV is within that range. A nice reliable brew for stocking in the fridge and suitable for indoor or outdoor applications!

Raising a glass to the US Junior team, since they are too young to have one themselves. Well done boys, and all in due time.

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Photo of TylerBGoode
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's nothing quite like an Anchor Steam. At first glance it may seem as if it has a lot in common with your everyday Macro brew. But, as you nurse a glass of Anchor Steam, you'll soon find it's hidden complexities and it's undeniable uniqueness.

The appearance of an Anchor Steam isn't necessarily anything to write home about in my opinion. It pours a light color with little head with the accompanying smell is kind of underwhelming as well. It's the taste of this beer that has set it apart from so many of its counterparts. Though it is obviously, by all definitions, a beer, there really aren't many beers that are comparable to an Anchor Steam. It's bitter but not overly hoppy, malty but not thick, highly carbonated but not overly so. There also lies a hint of citrus sweetness and a earthiness in the flavor of this one. You don't often find such a well rounded flavor in such a light bodied beer.

The drinkability may be this beer's strongest attribute. Though the price usually keeps me from actually doing it, it would be easy go through a sixer in a single night. Seeing as how this is one of the only good beers served at one of my favorite restaurants, I tend to drink my fair share of Anchor Steam.

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Photo of adevans
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - One finger head with very little lacing. The head was dense and the liquid was an amber brown.

S - Faint citrusy smell with a touch of butter.

T - Ripe citrus taste was balanced well with rich hops and left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Very light mouthfeel with very little carbonation, which makes it quite refreshing.

O - Easy drinker that still satisfies the palate.

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Photo of DrDocRudge
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While the color and smell say drink this one, I find that each bottle has a nasty metallic aftertaste to it. In addition, the beer seems watery in comparison to other ales, though firmer than all pilsners and most lagers. Some people swear by this beer, I just swear at it. Much better than Bud or Coors though.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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