Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped
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California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #5
Ranked #25,187
3.81 | pDev: 8.92%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped
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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap

S: Lots of citrus and floral hop notes as well as some caramel maltiness and bready notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the caramel and toffee malt notes as well as the citrus, floral, and earthy hop notes. A bit of spicy breadiness in there as well. Finishes with Lingering light bitterness and more influence from the dry-hopping

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice treatment to the classic. The dry-hopping definitely adds a huge hop dimension that the original lacks. Definitely try this one out if you're into the original or anything Anchor

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Photo of matjack85
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got this at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67.

The beer poured a deep golden color with a 3-finger white head that lasted about a minute before settling down to a thin white rim. It left some very nice lacing on the glass.

Heavy orange/pineapple and citrus hop aroma.

Huge bitter orange peel flavor along with some other citrus fruits that made this a very juicy beer. Dry hopping with cascade hops gives it some more bitterness, but it is balanced quite nicely with a touch of caramel maltiness.

A medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation makes this a refreshing and thirst quenching beer.

Another delicious offering from Anchor Steam.

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matjack85 from Illinois, Aug 06, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange with quickly dissipating two finger head. Earthy,fresh baked bread, Mild hop aroma. Feels refreshing and quenching. Overall this is a delicious take on their original steam beer. The dry hopping almost gives it an ale taste, I believe this is still a lager? Great beer from an icon of craft beer.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jul 15, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer but its a little bland. Its almost as good as their Liberty Ale but not quite. Its a solod beer though. I've always liked the shape of these bottles. Their Christmas beer is awesome too.

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Eddie_Kobane from Illinois, Jul 07, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the beers on offer at our 4th of July party (bottles). Pours a bit deeper in color than you'd expect from a Cal common/steam beer, with a big fluffy head that leaves some lace. Nose is actually missing the dry hopped quality I was expecting...after all the have "DRY-HOPPED" printed boldly across the label. Nose is more on the traditional malty side you'd expect from a regular Anchor although slightly more citrus. Taste does bring more hop fruit flavor than the regular beer, and makes this a bigger and more rounded flavor profile in my opinion. Overall, a bit more depth than the regular version, but lacking the nose you might be hoping for. Still a solid beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Tales Across Time. Great toffee nose. Mouth nice too but with a strange citrusy sourness that isnt unpleasant but off. Very different from regular anchor steam

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is quite malty with orange jam notes. Taste has also nice orange notes, a bit spicy, solid malt backbone, light earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body, medium to low carbonation, quite smooth feel. Overall it's a really well made and tasty ale.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 25, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like grapes, dark berry, red grapefruit, orange citrus, mango, passionfruit, guava, toasted crackery bready caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted crackery caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, spice, some grapes, berry, grapefruit, orange citrus, mango, passionfruit, guava, gooseberry, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice dry-hopped steam beer.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, May 01, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid commercial beer. Smell is slightly skunky, but not offputting. Good depth to the flavor here: somewhat bready. Getting some of the sourness associated with citrus but none of the fruity flavor.

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mintzmeet from Washington, Apr 30, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, code 6GK - yes, age-ed... purchased warm, chilled to cellar, poured into a nonic)

L: amber liquid, slight haze... huge (3 finger), voluminous peak of rocky-spongy, off-white foam... the pour looks a bit like a real ale... foam holds up rather well

S: densely-fruity hop aromas - no scent out of the ordinary - but well-layered and potent... hints of lemon and grapefruit peel, medicinal notes (like a tropical shampoo)... almost a hint of white grape, maybe a touch of mango... little malt poking through, aside from perhaps a nip of crystal

T: hop bitterness starts delicate then swells ever so slightly, brief flare of spicy grapefruit in the finish... seems like a nice balance between the fruit and potent floral flavors... the malt is mildly toasty, not too sweet - can't really taste the base beer beneath the sheet of hop noise... woodsy, herbal flavor builds in the aftertaste, while the fruitiness dies away by the end

F: soft, sort of oily viscosity; light-bodied, but with some drag... disappears quietly through the finish, leaving a spicy tingle and subtle heat, latent bite... quite easy to knock back; it does have that sort of dryness of a declining cask bitter

O: extra, unused, almost past-due hops lying around? - what was the purpose of this? and was it necessary to hop it to this degree? I very much enjoy the standard version (and I see it's a variation on the malt bill), but its yeast character seems all but lost here... I'd try a pint on draft, maybe grab a fresher bottle later this year, but moving on...

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Apr 07, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy coppery orangish color with off-white head. Citrus, light fruits, and some cereal grain on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of McStagger
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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McStagger from California, Mar 26, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Franziskaner from Missouri, Mar 25, 2017
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
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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safaricook from Netherlands, Feb 05, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled grassy with roasted malt. It tasted spicy & piney with caramel and toffee.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jan 17, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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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JRed from New Jersey, Jan 14, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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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mschrei from Illinois, Dec 18, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Billolick from New York, Dec 16, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +6.3%
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 -13.4%
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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hophugger from Virginia, Nov 19, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Gavage from New Jersey, Nov 13, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +11%
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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superspak from Michigan, Nov 11, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Nov 08, 2016
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped from Anchor Brewing Company
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