Anchor Steam Beer - Dry-Hopped
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California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #26,118
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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Chris_n_Rod from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 16, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Oct 24, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

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.

Nov 11, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

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.

Jul 04, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 25, 2016
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fuzzbalz from Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Brewing Co. "Anchor Steam Beer Dry-Hopped"
12 fl. oz. bottle, coded "6L8" which means it was packaged on July 28, 2016, and sampled on September 30, 2016
$2 @ Wegmans, King Of Prussia, PA

I have to say I wasn't really expecting too much from this, because really, how much better can a classic become? I was wrong. One of the faults, and charms, of steam beer is its rough edge, but in this case it seems to have a little more body, and more malt to it (it's labeled at 5.4% ABV instead of the usual 4.9%), and the hops do a good bit as well to smooth it over some. So yes, it lacks a little bit of that steam beer 'bite' which leaves it more like a lot of other beers on the market, but that doesn't make it any less good, does it? Overall I find it improved with just a little bit more in the aroma, and a lot more hops in the flavor. Nicely done Anchor!

Sep 30, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Nov 08, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

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.

Nov 13, 2016
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz single bottled purchased for $1.90. Bottle dated July 2016.

Light orange, clear elixir poured into standard pint glass. Huge white foam pokes from the rim of the vessel. A thick snake of lacing forms a descending ring.

Subtle floral notes, caramel, biscuit and spice.

The base beer provides a nice malt backbone allowing the hops to create a smooth bitterness from front to back. Not much complexity here but a nice combo.

Medium to light body, nice carbonation, not as creamy as the base.

Descent combo but not much of either to make this one stand out.

Sep 22, 2016
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Billolick from New York

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....

Dec 16, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Oct 09, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Oct 29, 2016
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GClarkage from California

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 24, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Oct 08, 2016
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matjack85 from Illinois

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.

Aug 06, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Mar 25, 2017
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 30, 2016
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McStagger from California

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.

Mar 26, 2017
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david18 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Nov 01, 2014
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jak from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 18, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Jan 17, 2017
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Tdizzle from California

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Poured into a tulip glass, Dry-Hopped Steam Beer pours a clear, light copper color with a couple fingers of dense, off-white foam. The head settles to a lasting, thick cap atop the beer that leaves streaks of lacing along the glass on the drink down. Very nice to look at.

S - The aroma is rich and wonderfully fruity up front. Notes of Anchor's house yeast, stone fruit, fresh-baked bread, and sugary sweetness are complimented by a crisp, spicy hoppiness that's also a bit leafy. Insanely appealing, especially as it warms.

T - The flavor starts with a nice hop bitterness that quickly melds with the rich, fruity characteristics that the aroma promised. Some bready, biscuit-like, sugary malt flavors dissipate to a dry finish that leaves behind a lingering bitterness on the palate.

F - A medium body and soft carbonation bubbles let the hop flavors shine. An intentionally aggressive pour probably helped knock out some of the excess CO2, though. A bit chewy and viscous on the palate as well.

O - Anchor knocked this one out of the park. An incredible balance of hops and malt. Pick this up if you even remotely enjoy their Steam Beer. Yes, it's "merely" a dry-hopped version of their flagship; but boy, does it work.

Aug 18, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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...

Apr 07, 2017
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Jaycase from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 09, 2016
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