Brotherhood Steam | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
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Brotherhood SteamBrotherhood Steam

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coppery oranish color with off-white colored head. Citrus, caramel, cereal grains, and a light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with plenty of malt, cereal grain, and some hay.

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Photo of kitch
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz can with no visible canned on or best by date. Poured into a stemmed Mikkeller tasting glass.

Appearance: A clear copper orange colour with a just less than two finger off white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrus orange, citrus zest, grass, herbal, caramel and toasty biscuit.

Taste: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, citrus zest, caramel, biscuit malt sweetness, herbal and floral.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, w/o freshness info that I could find.

Hazed medium amber, moderate frothy cap, stays well, before going to a typical looking film, collar and mini webs of lacing.

Malty nose with a late dusty hop note.

Malt and more malt, crackers, bready, honey, late dusty bag of hops dryness coming forward....easy drinking, good beer for craft beer newbies...b/c its not overly hoppy, its smooth, malty and quite tasty

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV

A clear dark copper with a dense, beige head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. Delicately hoppy and floral, there's a blend of citrus, grass, a little mandarin and peach, along with the classic steam beer yeasty fruitiness. Malt character is mild, toasty, biscuity and with a little caramel and toffee. The palate opens light but medium full, a blend of toffee, caramel and light dry hops. This gives way to a light bitterness, mildly herbal. The fruity hops come thru on the mid-palate with citrus and stone fruit. Drying but a touch sweet on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early April for $2.99.

Beer poured copper-orange with a nice white head that hung around for a long time.

Nose has hints of tropical and citrus hops.

Taste was well balanced with biscuit bready malts and a nice tropical hops.

Feel was medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall this beer surprised me for its nice balancing flavor act and the fact that it could be very sessionable. Not sure if this is a one-off but my pallette liked this and would definitely do this again!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale copper with fluffy tan that rims. 4
Bouncy citrus up front, toasty melanoidins underneath, and some tin. 3.75
Dough + bread crust malts, then lemon sorbet, herb, kiwi hops. 3.75
Crunchy leaves finish + dry Chardonnay linger.
Crisp, just under medium, slight chew. 4

Citra + Nelson

I saw the hop bill + expected - what? An IPL? So maybe this is my fault. But this is still a chewy, Munich-y Steam beer - with a twist of lemon. Balanced and sessionable - but I just don’t want to drink it all night. 3.75

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, that amber colored pour with a thin off white head in the 1/5" range. I dunno, maybe its the can, but it doesn't look as pretty as the original. Aroma was not as Nelson funky as you would hope, I don't think they used enough or dry hopped with them it seems. Slightly hoppy, but not Nelson levels.

Taste wise it does seem hoppier than the original, you get more bitterness too. The yeast fruitiness is lost in the sometimes muddled hop feels. More caramel feels than the original, more toffee too.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not too much going on here in my opinion . . . Aromas are rather bland and the flavors just aren't there. This beer really didn't taste much different than Anchor's California lager. I don't know maybe just me but this beer is boring.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bumping up taste based on a second can, still just okay

Pours a chill hazed bronze with a thumb of cream colored head. Nice lacing, stays hazed, above average head retention

S: Faint fruittyness & a little herbal hops

T: Leafy hops, dryness, pears, a little fig plus woodiness up front. Figs & apricot mix with woody dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with herbal & woody hoppyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, skews bitter

Drinks alright, this may be old couldn't read the can the print was too damn tiny . I'd rather have regulatr steam any day, especially if on tap

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Photo of Davey-C
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2/18/16 out of a pint glass. Poured from 12 oz can with numerical markings, but could not decipher date or "best by". Aroma: initial aroma of malty sweetness and earthy hop resins. Aroma developed to hop-forward revealing continental or subdued American hop variety. Malt and ester aromas form subtle hints of fruit: dark cherries, and apple. Clean yeast profile of American lager strain - appropriate for style. Appearance: medium-dark copper color - good for style. Very clean, but not brilliant. Moderate head retention supporting 1/4" head (just off-white) for 2+ minutes, then fading to skim with mixture of rockey/fine bubbles around rim. Flavor: balance is malt forward, however; has a moderately high level of hop bitterness. Malt flavors of toasted bread crust with Carmel sweet notes. Hop flavors of subdued old-world/ continental style (without skunkiness). Finish is dry, with aftertaste of toasted malt. Very faint hint of diacetyl as beer warms - not to style or enjoyable. Mouthfeel: medium body. Medium carbonation. No to little alcohol warmth. Little to no creaminess. Little astringency from bittering hops. Very slight mouth slickness from diacetyl. Overall: a very pleasant hoppy take on a very drinkable style! I will purchase this again! Only area of improvement would be to remove diacetyl either by 1) sanitization, or 2) more likely fermentation temperature profile. 41/50.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, light toffee, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, light toffee, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, light toffee, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy California common style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Beautiful Amber color with blood orange hues. Hazy. Great big rocky head has excellent retention and sticks to everything.

S: Caramel and toffee, light toasty grains. Orange peel and marmalade. Orange blossoms, floral.

T: Scones, toffee and caramel. Oily orange peel hop character. Marmalade. Ruby red grapefruit. pithy. Herbal/tobacco flavors too. Gentle bitterness keeps things balanced. Trailing orange peel/pithy hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round and lush malt textures. Gently raking hop astringency. Carbonation scrubs aggressively.

O: The dry hopping brings a lot of bold flavors without completely hijacking the beer. The result is a sexy and nuanced little brew that stays oh-so crushable throughout. Thoroughly good stuff.

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

Golden body spotty white head
candied peel and carob aroma
Flavour is Quite a honey like flavour
I don't like honey
this however
this isn't bad

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Clean orange color with a one-finger head
S: Bready with caramel, orange and dried hops
T: Like the nose- malt up front followed by hops. Balanced but nothing stands out
M: Medium-bodied, balanced
O: Tasty but nothing stands out from the crowd

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a clear amber color with a thin layer of foam on top that fades away quickly. Dry hops are evident in the nose, with a grassy/vegetal hop aroma.

Flavor is mild, unassuming. Some malt backbone but not a ton of sweetness. A nice grassy hop flavor with low bitterness. I'm not 100% sure what a California Common is supposed to taste like, but this beer is pleasant. Maybe a touch boring, but overall pretty nice.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to woodychandler for this beer. He hooks me up with canned beers, it's what he does. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, floral hops. Taste is malts, fruits, light hops, unusual and kind of hard to describe. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different, but a decent beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice malty flavor of kilned grain, maple, pecan, caramel and toast with some hoppy pine and light bitterness. Very easy to drink and certainly a good effort.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

second time trying this beer, and the first time in a can. from what i remember of the fresh keg of draught i had, it comes up a bit shorter in the can. coppery hued beer with an off white head; no real lacing evident on the glass. nose has a piney hop quality leading a caramel malt, and some apple-like notes as well. on the palate i get the california common/steam beer qualities i remember from their flagship brew; clean, fruity, but dry on the end. feels chewy for a beer in the mid 5% abv range. drinks like a blend between an american pale and an anchor steam beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We recently finished a training stint in King of Prussia and my local, in-person trader, tone77, recommended Michael's Deli to me. They have a great selection and when I saw a rack of these CANs, I immediately scored one in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Anchor Presents Brotherhood Steam Dry-Hopped Beer Chris Robinson Brotherhood & Anchor Brewing A Golden State Collaboration Made in San Francisco"; "Artwork by Alan Forbes".

Immediately following the Crack!, I got some foaming through the vent, which caused me a moment of hesitation. I figured to CANduct an inverted Glug, but it might have other ideas. It might have been due to being a brimful CAN, because I did not get as much foaming as I anticipated. It formed two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary sweetness that reminded me of Juicyfruit gum. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less fruity than the nose led me to expect, but it still began with a big sweetness. The hops had an earthiness that helped to keep things in check, but it just all seemed odd. The finish was quite earthy, leaving a lingering flavor of freshly-tilled soil. It was an interesting beer, but not destined to be a favorite of mine.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think the Steam Beer/ California Common is an often overlooked style of beer, but Anchor doesn't let that stop them from doing right if not going above and beyond expectations. Poured a clear red, brown color that is very appealing. Smells sweet with that lager yeasts effervescence and the hops rounding it off. Tastes sweet with a little hops. The lager yeast stays true and gives it the crisp, light, and refreshing mouthfeel. Another great beer from the OG Brewers over at Anchor.

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Photo of ssam
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like many other BA members I have been a long time fan of Anchor. And like many other BA members it's been a while since I last sought out anchor steam. I really like anchor steam though. California Common is my favorite style to homebrew. But today when I saw the cool six pack of cans, awesome artwork, and a new spin on a classic? No brainier. I thought it'd be good but this beer exceeded my expectations. Its excellent.

Poured with a very creamy looking frothy head. Perfect stability, it wasn't going anywhere. The smell was a nice floral and fruity blend. Carbonation is strong and gives a great mouthfeel. The taste is everything great about the original Anchor Steam plus a great hoppy presence. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can; no date information present. Nice artwork on the can "by Alan Forbes". Poured into a lager glass.

A - Looks nice. It pours with an amber-orange body that's clear with a large amount of visible carbonation. A generous size, creamy, bone-colored head sits on top and proves to be durable.

Aroma - More hoppy than malty, with hints of citrus fruits, biscuits, and a touch of floral elements.

Flavor - Clean, with more dominant bready malts, but with hops adding some nice fruity and spicy notes. Excellent complexity for a fairly mild lager.

Feel - A very smooth mouthfeel, albeit crisp and with medium-high carbonation. Medium body; dry finish.

Overall: another fine steam beer from Anchor; I'd like to try this side-by side with Anchor Steam some day. I haven't had the latter in a while but I think this is more flavorful.

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Photo of ordybill
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- The aroma is mostly hops and some biscuit.
Appearance- A nice copper color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- The flavor is a really good blend of malt and hops.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation
Overall- Another winner from Anchor Steam

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Photo of Jjski
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Props to my western brother/in-reviews Stonedtrippin! I am always looking for your reviews, and this is cosmic. I'm dropping a few of these out east at Phish's Magnaball with a phew phellows and hanging in the sun.
I personally think that the hops complement and make it a nice light summer beer. Crisp yet full flavored. Served right out of the can. No glass allowed in the festy. Alternating these with Troegs Sunshine Pils. Pacing myself for day 3 at this gig and waiting for that CRB fall tour.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

on tap at falling rock today. this beer isnt a whole lot different from the regular anchor steam, maybe a slightly more bitter, fruity hopped thing, but its barely distinguishable from the original, maybe just slightly worse in my opinion. a shame too, because i am a huge fan of the robinson brotherhood, and was expecting something a little more inventive here. at the end of the day though, steam beer from anchor is not a beer that needs tweaking. i mean, maybe id like to try it in a cask, even dry hopped differently, but to take it and do anything to it seems unnecessary. this is a flagship beer in craft, still unique to the taste, and in many ways perfect. i like the idea of canning something like this though, and testing the waters, i just think they could have done a lot more with it or nothing at all. worth trying if you like the original, but there really isnt much to see here, keep it moving...

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Brotherhood Steam from Anchor Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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