Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped
Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
California Common / Steam Beer
3.81 | pDev: 8.92%
Oct 24, 2021
Jul 20, 2014
Very Good
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-HoppedAnchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped
Notes: San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam® Beer is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. To give this classic beer a radically traditional twist, we created Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™. Made with its own special recipe, this brew is dry-hopped with a blend of new and traditional hops. The result weds the rich maltiness of Anchor Steam with the alluring fragrant hoppiness of our ales.
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3.87 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 24, 2021
3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 13, 2021
3.86 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
3.42 by Chris_n_Rod from Massachusetts on Feb 16, 2019
3.95 by SargeC from California on Aug 07, 2018
3.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 14, 2017
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

Sep 18, 2017
3.78 by einman from Minnesota on Aug 30, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by matjack85 from Illinois

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.

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
by deleted_user_995920

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.

Jul 15, 2017
4 by SysopChris from Tennessee on Jul 08, 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
by Eddie_Kobane from Illinois

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.

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
by captaincoffee from Virginia

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.

Jul 04, 2017
3.38 by jhart96 from England on Jun 12, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Jun 04, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

May 25, 2017
3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on May 18, 2017
3.63 by leitmotif from Romania on May 14, 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
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.

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
by mintzmeet from Washington

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.

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
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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...

Apr 07, 2017
3.69 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 04, 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
by TX-Badger from Texas

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.

Apr 04, 2017
3.91 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Mar 26, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by McStagger from California

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.

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
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Mar 25, 2017
3.63 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2017
3.37 by CreightonSM from New York on Mar 04, 2017
3.44 by MFMB from Idaho on Mar 02, 2017
3.75 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on Feb 26, 2017
3.73 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Feb 20, 2017
3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Feb 10, 2017
2.75 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2017
3.88 by sephyrott from Spain on Feb 06, 2017
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by safaricook from Netherlands

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.

Feb 05, 2017
3.45 by braican from Massachusetts on Jan 31, 2017
3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jan 29, 2017
3.67 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota on Jan 28, 2017
4.08 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2017
4.27 by jrpapajcik from Illinois on Jan 21, 2017
Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped from Anchor Brewing Company
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