Anchor Steam Beer
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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #1
Ranked #18,830
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Sep 25, 2022
Jul 08, 2001
Very Good
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
Notes: Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other.

It is a process that combines deep respect for craft brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.
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Reviewed by tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

L - Pours a clear, copper amber color with a good finger of creamy head that leaves a generous lacing

S - Bready malt-forward aroma, caramel, dark fruit, banana, slightly earthy and spicy, a hint of hops

T - Follows the nose with caramel malty sweetness, toasty biscuit, dark fruit, a little bit of an astringent hoppy bite toward the end, fairly balanced.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderately above average carbonation, finishes slightly creamy but drinkable

O - My first “steam” beer that reminds me of an amber. Fairly balanced and very drinkable, it seems like it should be in the 5.5-6% ABV with the complex notes but at 4.9% this is a sessionable beer I enjoy.
Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Miles_Nilges from New York

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap.
Clear copper. Two fingers variegated cream head. Full cap and lacing.
Malty bready, light fig, stone fruit aromas.
Wheat bread, light nut, floral flavors.
Light body, good lasting carbonation, bitter aftertaste.
Tasty and a nice change from hop forward diet.
Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by morrisok23 from Michigan

Sep 13, 2022
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Reviewed by kotocar from California

2.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Its a really carbonated and standard malty beer. I get a festive-Christmas like after taste from this beer which reminds me of nutmeg or cinnamon. I don't like that part. Earthy and nutty is how I would describe it. However more earthy. It's not a bad beer by any margin just not something that I enjoy. I leave beers for my own record so based for my tastes it's a 2.5 type of beer.
Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Shiredave from New York

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by selekt0r

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into narrow gauge pint glass.

Appearance: Copper colored body. Big & dense bone white head.

Smell: Malt forward aroma. Light caramel, toasty, slightly nutty. Earthy hops perhaps? They are light and its hard for the nose to pull out the aroma.

Taste: Toasty, grainy, and lightly nutty malt profile. A bready element in there as well. Complex and smooth malt sweetness. Light bitterness in the finish. Gentle earth and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. moderate carbonation level. Creamy textured body.

Overall: My first time drinking a California common / steam beer. This beer was an obvious choice because it is readily available with a wide distro footprint and it's one of those old school beer's that has a certain nostalgia about it. This is a really excellant beer. I can see why it's iconic beer for sure. I would drink a bunch of these on a hot day at an outdoor potluck or BBQ.
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark amber body with a lasting white head leaving a nice lacing.
Caramel, wheat, banana, light hop notes but no bitterness. Pretty good for a session able beer.
Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by not2quick from Missouri

May 24, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
Rated: 2.75 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

May 19, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased as a six-pack of bottles from Ingles for $10.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear orange-amber, with a one-finger slightly cream head that goes away rather quickly. Not too much lacing.
S - Floral and earthy. Caramel. A bit of resin, too.
T - Wonderfully complex! Starts off nice and bready (think pumpernickel and brown bread), and leans into a hoppy wave of earth and floral notes. Ends on a bread crust note, and a lowly toffee air. A slight white grape note is present throughout. Well-balanced, for sure!
F - Medium-bodied, with plenty of carbonation. Refreshing. Super drinkable.
O - My first steam beer, and I've got to tell you - it's the perfect fishing beer. Well-balanced and complex, while not being super overwhelming. Refreshing and crazy easy-to-drink. Tons of flavor. Highly recommend!
Apr 08, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Beecham from California

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by QuintusHorace from California

Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz can.

The look is a nice solid amber, crystal clear with lively carbonation and a one finger head. Dissipates over a minute to a thin covering. No lacing

Aroma is giving me strong malty lager vibes here. Very lager aroma maybe some hops here, but they are definitely a small amount of bittering only hops. Maybe a bit of off aroma, slight skunk even with the can, but it could be an older can.

Taste leaves the off flavor right in the dust this is delicious. Right up front is amber lager similar to the aroma but it quickly goes into a weird ester-y altbier sort of thing and it's very interesting theres quite an evolution on this one despite seeming pretty basic when I got into it. Some hop bitterness on the very back end. Dont know what to really compare it to. But it's quite malty.

Feel is nice and creamy big body in the mouth bit still very easy to put down. Its al.ost like a milkshake in texture but liquid and carbonated if you can catch my drift l. Probably not but it's good. All year.

Overall a very interesting beer. I'm glad I got it. Not really comparable to any other style, but so easy to drink malty decadent lager ale wonderland, despite the cover (which your not supposed to judge by) only looking average at best.
Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by GABronco

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I ordered a Fat Tire, but the bar was out and the bartender recommended Anchor Steam as a good alternative. I'm glad he did.

Look - dark amber, nice head that lasted.

Smell - malty with hints of sweetness

Taste - really good. The malt shines with just the right amount of hops in the background

Feel - Above average with moderate carbonation

Overall, I really enjoyed this and will order it again if I see it on a menu. I've never seen it in stores around me (southeast).
Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Two twelve ounce cans emptied into a clear glass liter mug reveal a pretty colored beer. It's brightly copper-amber and rather translucent. The slightly off-white head is much larger than what should have been expected for a reasonably gentle pour of a chilled brew. Obviously, it's well carbonated. It smells fuller than most American adjunct lagers. The malt is easy to find and is quite pleasant. There's a note of hops, too, but they're playing second fiddle. The taste is also much more malty than hoppy, although it's not hoppiless. Overall, it has an earthy and slightly nutty flavor, with a hop bittering at the finish. Although pleasant, that's the only complexity of the taste. Ìt drinks more like a Kolsch than a lager. The mouthfeel is disappointing. With all that foamy head, it drinks surprisingly flat. It's like most of the carbon dioxide went into the head, leaving little left for the beer. The history of this beer is renowned, even by casual drinkers. But, the craft beer phenomenon has made this more of a tradition than a treat.
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber from the can, light, creamy 1" head with moderate retention but great lacing. Nose is sweet and bready with sticky malt, toffee, and light yeast notes; barley tea as it develops deeper on the palate. Taste has a very light malty sweetness balanced with enough bitter hop to indicate it is there. Mouthfeel is smooth with gentle carb. Overall, cooling and refreshing.
Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by illtexzona from Illinois

Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 3.32 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Clear, copper color. Frothy, off white head with good retention

Aroma: Mostly herbal with some caramel malt note

Flavor & Aftertaste: Spicy & herbal. Hints of mint. Moderate to mild bitterness.

Mouth feel; Full bodied. Medium length, clean finish.

Overall: The first craft beer I ever drank. Can't believe it took me this long to right a review & notes. It's full bodied. Presents herbal & spicy hops aroma and flavors on a mostly sweet malt backbone. There is hint of mint. Moderate bitterness. Nice, easy drinker. More flavorful than typical American golden pilsners/lagers. Nice looking beer in the glass. Always a joy to revisit.
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by AudioFileZ from Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
This is one of my all-time favorites. Not for any one thing but for the sum total that it is. It's not too heavy to drink a four or so and it's heavy enough to know you are not drinking watered down corn fermented corn juice which I detest. The hop amount is nigh on perfect for the masses yet enough for the aficionado who discerns the kind and type. They never need to change this one as it is the perfect high-quality everyman's brew. I say that but it does command a more premium price than a everyman's brew and in most areas is only available in sixers (i.e. no 12-packs and no cases which is a huge mistake). I have only one more thing to say and that is I would drink this happily if there were no other brews and that is in spite of the new yellow and blue labeling which sucks as the previous label was the absolute best in the who brewing business.
Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle=8oz tasting glass.
I've enjoyed this beer since 1986.
L: Pours clear med amber w a thin off-white creamy head that goes to skin, lite fine carbo, very lite skeletal lacing.
S: Light caramelized malts, lightly floral. Very simple.
T: Citrus zest, earthy, a sensation of black tea, resinous, yeast, brown bread, toasty malts, bitter aftertaste, hops go wide.
F: Crisp, zesty & bright med-lite bodied mouthfeel w a gently rich center and a dry lingering finish.
O: A zesty, malty, & toasty beer that screams California which has spawned many beers and breweries. A beautiful beer to behold with exceptional balance and excellent taste with a great easy drinking feel. It is excellent in it's style.
Nov 18, 2021
Rated: 4 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours amber. Mild carbonation and nucleation. Remarkably clear.

S: Roasty toasty barley. Bready sweetness, and a touch of hops.

T: Tangy and zangy, caramelized grain.

F: Thick and bready flavor but it's rather lightweight.

O: I would relate this to Shiner Bock or Okocim. It's rather nice. I'm going to read about it and see what they have to say, now.
Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by StephenLovett from California

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Generally an underrated beer. Pours a crystal clear copper color with an off white head, the slight head from 12 oz bottle dissipating in a few minutes. A clean malty nose with a mild more English ale hop note. This beer has a wonderful malt and hop balance, Lightly carbonated, an enjoyable clean malty taste with a crisp bitterness, think northern brewer / Kent goldings, unique in style, with a total absence of the typical Cascade piney notes. Totally unique and the canonical steam beer, the mix of pale and caramel malts provide a very slight sweetness that is perfectly balanced with the level of bitterness. Very drinkable, a really lovely beer.
Oct 03, 2021
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