Brotherhood Steam | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by travolta:
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 NSXAG
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm just not vibin' with it...

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Photo of thejoker51
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a copper color with a light head. The beer is super clear and is easy drinking with a nice hop touch that keeps the finish clean and tasty.

Very drinkable as a session or just about anything else.

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Photo of NorCal
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Citra and Nelson Sauvin combine VERY well, citrus, minty goodness in a liquid gold frame. A fabulous brew!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of tbryan5
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 woodchipper
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mustela_Man
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OUGoof
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xzzion
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Massive head, great stickage. Clear brassy color. Clean nose and palate. Mellow hop aroma with a bready backing. Just enough crispness, hint of caramel sweetness, and herbal tea hop flavor shows off this beer's mild complexities. Very drinkable and real grows on me sip to sip.

Anchor brings forth another winner.

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Photo of innominat
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: Earthy, minty, mainly hops on the nose, some biscuit.
T: Initial biscuit malt but them the hops take over. Relatively dry with some traces of fruit but hard to pin down. Perhaps melon. Dry graininess on the finish. Hop forward. Dry assertive and crisp malt character. Some light toast and caramel. Lintering malt and hop bitter aftertaste.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: Nicely done and easy to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, juicy, and bready aroma with a scent of grass, citrus, and caramel. Scent of earthy hops with hints of wet grass and pine. Citrus hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Sweet malt hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Fairly musty smelling. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready, earthy, and juicy balanced taste with notes of caramel, grass, and citrus. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Light citrus notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Good malt presence with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Nicely balanced. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Steam beer. Good balance of earthy and juicy hops with sweet malt.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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 nuebs
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing Co. "Brotherhood Steam"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

When I picked this up I had no idea what it was. I couldn't read the type without my glasses on and I thought it was an Anderson Valley Beer. I assumed that it was a collaboration, and then I imagined it was with 21st Amendment because of the artwork on the label. I cracked it open and immediately thought of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale given the aroma. Finally I saw that it was brewed by Anchor, and took a closer look only to find that it's not a collaboration with another brewery at all, but with a band (Chris Robinson Brother hood... don't know them. I never liked the Black Crows anyway).

It really does have that refreshing Sierra Nevada Cascade aroma and flavor, but it's got more malt depth to it. Not much, but a little, just a hint of caramel and grain. And there's a bit of Anchor's trade-marked "Steam Beer" character as well, but not much. Along with the very firm bitterness, that little hint of underlying sulphur helps to dry the finish. I was really quite taken by it at first whiff and sip, but as I progressed my olfactory senses got used to the hops and it no longer seemed as bright and juicy. Still, I thought it was an excellent beer, and I'd place it right up there (well, not quite) with the two beers that it reminds me so much of. Remarkably drinkable yet satisfying. Worth seeking out just to compare it.

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Brotherhood Steam from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 238 ratings