Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
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6,139 Ratings
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,998
Reviews:
2,090
Ratings:
6,139
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
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Photo of desint
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlswen2945
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of 123321123321
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cardfan212
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Look - Crisp clear dark amber orange with a tall white head. Looks nice and hearty without being intimidating.

Smell - Wet grass, caramel, a weird bit of funkiness. Not complex, but it's interesting.

Taste - Not nearly as funky as the smell made me expect. A little spicy but fruity, like a chili pepper or something. At the same time, it's light and refreshing, kinda like an AAL. Nothing really sticks out to me, but it's pleasant enough and well balanced.

Feel - The thin body matches with the taste, but the carbonation is a little high for me. Gives it a fizzy Pop Rocks mouthfeel.

Overall - A fine enough beer. I can't say I've really had anything like it before, but I also don't have much to say about it.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, coppery coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smell is pretty subdued, with some faint doughy, caramel malt and a certain floral note coming through. Taste follows the nose, with a somewhat faint, but well balanced interplay of doughy, caramel, lightly toasted malt and grassy, floral, lightly herbal hops and mild notes of red berries. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some toasted grains lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. This kind of reminds me of an Amber Ale Light and I quite like that in a way. It may lack a strong, assertive flavor profile, but has a very nice, subtle balance to it. Very nice in an old school kinda way.

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2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jripley97
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frequency33
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tb77
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kdouble
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Fairly small tiny bubbled white head that settles to barely a film. Body is a slightly hazy gold light amber.

S: Light floral hops and a little pepper give way to a lot of toasted malts and breadiness. A very light caramel back.

T: Fairly Light lots of nice light toasted grains and malts finishes very clean.

M: Light crisp and good carbonation. Hardly any lingering after taste.

O: very nice beer easy to drink with a nice breadth toasted taste throughout.

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3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelGennings
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a thick off-white head that is quite creamy looking. The beer itself is amber coloured with lots of small ascending bubbles.
Not much is going on in terms of smell, but overall it’s clean and inviting. The taste is toasted malt, some hop bitterness, and a slight sweetness. The beer is light to medium bodied and the finish is dry and refreshing. I quite enjoyed this beer. In some respects it reminds me of Sam Adams’ Boston Lager.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rockhead
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color with a one inch slightly off white head that is very well retained but leaves almost no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, light hop presence and bread. Tastes of lightly toasted bready malts, caramel, slightly bitter hop bite and an earthy presence. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation smooth mouth feel.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,139 ratings