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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
6,176 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,280
Reviews:
2,100
Ratings:
6,176
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
246
Gots:
1,374
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,176 |  Reviews: 2,100
Photo of DCHritz
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geektastically
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walnut
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of defunksta
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a beautiful, clear dark amber color. A tall, pale-white, foam forward head.
Smell: Aroma of pale malts. Bread, biscuit, and mild toast. Caramel and sweeter bread comes through as well as the beer warms. Smells like a caramel cinnamon roll topped with nuts and toffee. Little to no hop aroma.
Taste: Initial malt flavor of bread and crackers. Mild toast, but not roasted. Little to no sweetness or hop flavor. Finishes with a hopped spicy and bitter finish with some lingering malt graininess.
Feel: Medium body and well-carbonated. Dry finish, but leaves an astrigent mouth-coating on the palate.

Overall: This is my first one. An absolutely beautiful beer. For 4.9% ABV this one has so much more flavor than your domestic American macrolager. Pale malt flavored, but dry. If one sentence could describe it I would say it tastes like a caramel cinnamon roll topped with nuts and toffee.

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Photo of ben741
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Booner100583
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of einman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of detgfrsh
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle. Burnt orange color with a finger of tan head. Caramel malt smell. Medium, well carbonated feel. Caramel malt flavors with some floral/grassy hops and a dry finish.

A hard one to rate. Compared to all beers, it's well made and very drinkable but the flavors are fairly mild. On the other hand, this one really defines a style and has a cool history.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When you think of a California Common or a Steam Beer, if this isn't the first beer you think of, then the world is out of balance. This is it, the original, the one that started it all. Every beer of this style is, or at least should be designed around it. If that doesn't call for perfect marks, I don't know what does. Oh, and the real kicker... It's wonderful.

The color alone is special. Rusted copper, burnt orange, whatever you want to call it, it stands out amongst the masses. It's clean and refined looking, proudly wearing a cream colored foam cap that is fittingly creamy in it's own right. It looks refreshing and it looks delicious.

How this has such a low overall score is mind boggling. Clearly people have decided not to rate or review this beer to style because this beer IS the style. For years I've enjoyed Anchor Steam and many others of the Anchor family. But this one right here is a stranded on a desert island beer for me.

Cheers.

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Photo of Bird_Priest
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic and unique beer that has a rich history. Great for just having a light beverage with a lot of character at the end of a long day. Always handy to have around the kitchen as well, as it is a great cooking beer.

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Photo of CisPiece88
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beck_Hardy_UK
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Golden in colour. Nice tanish head. Streaming bubbles. slight pine aroma. Taste is smooth. Mouthfeel medium, crisp, refreshing. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Izzo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great mod+ body with some nice spicy and nutty characteristics, a classic, drink COLD, great winter beer, the history of "steam beer" is awesome and a big part of west coast brewing history

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Photo of SMH_NWI
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chasecrandell
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BilltownBrewingCo
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma-
There's a slight fruitiness, but what little aroma that's present is malt forward. Virtually no hop present in the scent.

Appearance-
Lovely Crystal clear with a light Amber color, and beautiful off white head. A beautiful looking beer.

Body-
Dry, with moderate and appropriate carbonation.

Flavor-
A very slightly toasty malt that's highly attenuated, and therefore has very little if any sweetness. There is a faint yeast fruitiness that matches the aroma. It's quite understated and pleasant. All of this finishes out with a perfectly balanced amount of hop bitterness. There's also some earthy, grassy, lightly danky hop flavor typical of the northern brewer vertital.

Overall-
Very solid beer, that would be easily sessioned. It isn't wildly flavorful or outstanding, but a well made, very balanced product. It's a classic to the American craft scene, and is a beer worthy of its legend.

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2.27/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Bshaw22
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer still boggles my mind. It’s a lager...no it’s an ale.
What is it?!
Nevertheless it pours a little haze orange burnt amber
Smell is that of a little orange with some Bready malts
Taste is lager sweet up front but then finishes with a nice bitterness.
Great session beer. I get this on tap when I see it cause it’s rare these days

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Photo of Nurt20
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Dardel
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TKHR
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,176 ratings