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Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,131
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 145
Gots: 580 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  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

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of SoCaliC8
1.7/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't like this beer...it taste way too bitter and sour for my taste. It's really unflavorful and one of the worst beers that I have ever had. I tried to at least give it some sort of love since it's a California thing but I just couldn't do it. Sorry but it's just not the best thing that I have ever drank for sure...

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of hoplover82
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear reddish golden color with a thin white head, with ok lacing.

The aroma is soft,of sweet malts and mild hops.

The flavor is dry and malty. Kind watery in the finish, but it's not bad.

It is a medium to light bodied beer with good carbonation.

Pretty good session beer.

Photo of bbrown12
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear IPA like copper with a thin, slightly off white bubbly head. Zero lacing and some signs of carbonation.
Fruity esters, nice splash of citrus and caramel like malt in the nose. Very unique.
First thing that comes to mind when drinking this is an IPA without the strong citrus rhine bitterness. The earthy, herbal hops are still pronounced but balance out very nicely with the fruity, clean biscuity and buttery malt aspect of the beer.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp that finishes off dry and very refreshing. Decently priced down here in Halifax, I could definately see this being a session beer for me.
Overall, another great brew from Anchor that left me anxious to try another interpretation of this style. Very tasty and easily drinkable, I would highly recommend this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of necoadam
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Color was copper with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell was quite clean but some of the malts really showed up in the aromas. They were a little bit more rich than the bottle verison. Taste was a little bit of a let down. It focused more on the earthy tones than anything. I was expecting more of a hop/malt combination just like the bottle verison, but it was mostly earth tones. Not bad by any means, but I would of liked to see some more flavors in there.

Photo of Profchaos20
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a off white one finger head, that dissipates into a thin white cap that hangs around. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass. The beer is Amber in color and crystal clear, very nice looking.

S - Light herbal and grassy hop aroma. Sweet malts and bread, slight spice and fruity.

T - Balanced, light malt, light earthy hop, fruity, finishes with a slight bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and smooth.

O - Solid beer, nothing that stands too far out but it's a classic and enjoyable.

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 5,131 ratings.