Dry Hopped Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Dry Hopped Steam BeerDry Hopped Steam Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of McStagger
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6G3 for the brewing date comes out to... August 3, 2016 bottling date. I'm skeptical of a dry hopped beer seven months after bottling date.

Turbid orange in the glass. Two fingers of tan head. Looks like general mud.

Smells and tastes like that old decrepit hop aroma. The ample maltiness of Anchor Steam is there, but the hoppiness that's supposed to overlay it is, well, oxidized Stone fruit and some bitterness on the back end, but the floral/citrus punch of dry hopping is largely lost.

Feels good on the tongue. The malt presence lends wonderfully to the mouthfeel. Soft, almost pillowy, without too much carbonation to get in the way.

This isn't too bad for being 100+ days outside its drinking window. Still, would like to try it fresh.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color with a lightly cloudy complexion. There's a half inch of creamy beige head on top. I smell the telltale bready California Common yeast, but I don't smell the hops. I'm tasting the bready malt flavor with a touch of grassy hops in the middle of the palate. The finish is bready malt. The mouth is sturdy, but smooth and finishes with a gentle flourish.

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Photo of safaricook
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like it. I like the original steam beer for its malt body, which is not present here. The hopping is not intersting enough to make up for the former. Missed chance of renewing a classic.

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Photo of JRed
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in body with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, hazelnut, and autumn leaves. Tastes of toffee, hazelnut, then grass, pine, citrus, rind, medium bitterness. Medium bodied with active carbonation.

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Photo of mschrei
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass mug. A very pretty dark golden color. I'm getting a lemony hop smell on it. Mildly hop forward taste, slight bitterness. I've had stuff from them before, but I may have to search out more in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours medium almond amber, lightly hazed, lasting cap, goes to a thicker film and leaves better then decent looking low sheeting and ringed lacing.

Herbal and resiny hopped up nose.

Respectable brew, balance for the most part, but is noticably hoppier then the traditional version....maple malts balanced against again herbal and resiny hop notes...quality sessioner..nice twist on an old school favorite.

Worth a try....

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is hoppy...slight pine. The taste is bitter through but easy to drink. There is pine flavor present. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and worth a try.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, solid brew that pours amber with an off white, medium head with nice thin retention. Well balanced malty flavor with nice hop presence. Very drinkable and something one could drink much of in one setting. Light-Medium bodied, crisp and clean with nice malty aftertaste.

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Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look and head look similar to the regular Anchor Steam. What I believe sets this one apart is an overwhelming sweetness. While I get the hop addition as a nice flavor, there seems to be a cloying sweetness that is a touch off-putting in this one

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep orange color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts a long time.

Smell: mild aroma as some fruity tones are soft and a bit of grassy hop bitterness.

Taste: caramel, mild fruitiness, some citrus, and a bit of grassiness. Bitterness is more prominent than the straight up version of the beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Mild aftertaste.

Overall: this takes the classic steam beer to a new level. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6L8. DFH Tulip.

A:pours a slightly hazy dark copper with 1 finger just off-white head. Mild visible carbonation. Retains a pretty decent skim with nice lacing.

S: quite hoppy! Redolent with floral and grapefruit pith cascade hops. Classic American Pale Ale smell.

T: slightly sweet and floral/citrus arrival; crisp, crackery mid palate. Brisk hoppy finish, but not overdone. This is a real winner.

M: lighter side of midweight. Slightly slick, and slightly over carbonated (I recall regular anchor steam being highly carved, too). If I had my way it would be less slick and less carbonated.

O: this is a really excellent beer. I like Anchor Steam as one of those craft classics that goes great with food and is not bad on its own, with low enough ABV for sessioning. This brings it up to date with a more hop forward presence and a little more alcohol. Very well done, Anchor Steam. Needless to say, the craft extremists will dismiss this, but it is definitely six pack worthy.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/18/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great; slight resin note near the end of the glass. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an outstanding California common style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours gold, clear, +1" of steady foam.

Caramel malt and light hops in the smell.

Hoppy, lightly bitter from the dry hopping. .hard to describe. A wee bit grassy a wee bit piney. The malt seems to have survived nicely as in the base beer.

Smooth mouthfeel with excellent drinkability.

My second bottle. The first, I had my doubts aboot but I do enjoy this one.

Looks like it was bottled July 4th.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Deep amber in color with a large, frothy, light tan head. Excellent retention and sudsy lacing.

Fairly strong hoppy aroma. The flavor nearly matches the hoppiness found in the aroma but has notable malts as well. The quality and balance improve with some warming.

Feel: medium body; very smooth; medium carbonation.

Overall: Anchor Steam transformed to something much more like an IPA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; amber gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: citrus for a moment, then pine, wood, and wet leaves;

T: earthy with a hint of pine for a moment, then citrusy (mostly lemon) from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish; crisp;

O: easy drinking; compared to the regular steam, the dry hopping makes this beer much more enjoyable for me;

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. "6GK" code on the back.

Love the look of this beer. Medium amber and translucent with a large white frothy head. There is a slight haze but you can still see your fingers on the other side of the glass. Persistent head that refuses to go away and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Fantastic.

The aroma is excellent. Biscuit, caramel, cereal, and toasted malt. Citrus fruit comes through from the hops for a bit before giving way to honey, apple, and pear. Very unique. The closest comparison I can think of is Fuller's ESB.

Hops shine more in the flavor and add some pine into the mix. Long lasting, bitter finish.

Medium-full bodied. Soft carbonation. Thick, creamy texture.

Overall, a great variation of this classic brew and a joy to drink. I'm a big fan of Anchor Porter, but I haven't had their Steam Beer in years. Its a smart marketing move to update it with this dry-hopped version and peak people's interest once again. If there's a better beer to enjoy with a burger, I'd like to know what it is.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and tangy. Herbal hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry and very hoppy. Tasty brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy coppery amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down, but consistently left a dense quarter finger high head covering the surface along with thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of herbal hops along with subtle notes of caramel malts and hints of piney hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which is most noticeable in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting variation on the classic steam beer. The dry hopping definitely changes the characteristics of the beer, but is not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleased to be 17th review of Dry Hopped. Great twist on a classic.

A: Murky golden body topped by creamy lasting, lacing head.

S: Fruity, pine, grass, herbal, long notes, appetizing.

T: Follows the smell - earthy/herbal/piney hops, slightly resiny - on top of biscuit malt cracker base. Hop dominant. Grassy.

F: Is medium bodied with mid carbonation, great food beer. Nice clean finish.

O: The dry hopping renders the classic better. Try 6.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orangey amber with a fine-grained foam in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Quite aromatic with a little orange blossom and a whiff of citrus oil. Pleasant watery body with enough sudsiness.

Flavors are a little meaty and a touch of candy too. Sweet malt is more up front with the flowery hops taking up the finish. Sweet bread and a a touch of blackberry. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Overall this is quite quaffable and I find it more interesting than the regular stuff, which I just don't like this last decade of rarely trying it. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Look: Murky golden hue, guessing the murkiness is hop haze. Plush creamy white head. Really sticks around, very nice looking.

Smell: Fruity, pine fragrances, grass, herbal. Some strawberry. Nice and inviting.

Taste: Bread and biscuit malt flavors, hint of caramel, earthy/herbal/piney hops, slightly resiny.

Mouthfeel: Is medium bodied with midrange carbonation, works great for the style. Very qua fable.

Overall: The dry hopping definitely adds a distinct twist to the original, if you're hop head and you like anchor steam, definitely try this. Even if you're not the biggest hop lover out there, but you really love Anchor Steam, still worth trying for sure.

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Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber with a short, densely creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready and nutty with a floral, leafy hop quality - not too far off from how I recall the regular version smelling. Spicy floral/herbal hops take center stage over the caramel malt sweetness. Grassy, bitter, subtly citrusy. The dry-hopping is a little "green" for my tastes, but still a fun riff on a classic.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, golden-amber body with a couple inches of lasting, off-white froth.

Smell: Lightly floral, citrusy notes over the pale malts, lightly bready. Scsantly grassy, hinting of woodsy mint with a backing of spiciness.

Taste: Lightly bready pale malts with a sliver of caramel. Minimally sweet. Spicy, lightly minty, woodsy hops with some lemony citrus. Medium bitterness. A gathering grassiness. Finishes dry, fairly clean with a little bit of crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's still a fine, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We should note that the main source of the craft brewing revolution, four decades later, experiments far less than its offspring. So when Anchor offers up something new, it is worth our attention.

I could like this dry-hopped rendition more than the original. Dry Hopped uses lots of citrusy and piney hops that control the aromatics, but the malt comes through well enough in the taste... creating enough balance, but not that which made Anchor famous. The mouth finishes too dry for my tastes. Dry Hopped went well with chips and salsa.

2/11/17 Had again. Slight reduction in Taste and Feel because I think I miss the maltiness.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Sehkraft. Poured into a nonic pint.

This one is classified as a Steam Beer, but it does not taste like a steam beer. Its a nice pale ale but the steam beer taste characteristics are overwhelmed by the dry hopping. When rating to style this beer is below average. 2.75

A - Pours with a beautiful mousy head. Pale orange and a bit cloudy. Good carbonation. 4

S - A nice piney nose. 3.5

T 3

MF 2.75

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