Anchor Steam Beer
Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #17,994
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Dec 04, 2023
Jul 08, 2001
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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Ratings by Iggy88:
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Rated by Iggy88 from Ohio

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

Nov 07, 2023
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Rated: 4.6 by KeithGreatNorth from Canada (BC)

Dec 04, 2023
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Reviewed by krh from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
First time tasting this. I could see picking this up regularly 15-20 years ago, but my tastes have evolved along with so many modern beer choices. I suppose nostalgia can't keep a beer going forever. So long Anchor!
Nov 25, 2023
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Reviewed by TwentyDimes from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Opened on Nov 4th. Poured to a shaker.
Clear amber, 2 finger creamy foam slowly reduced to thin, good retention, spot lacing lingered to the end.
Citrus, malt driven, hint of herbal and earth nose. It keeps drawing you back in with it's fragrance and elegance.
Malty caramel palate with touch of grassy hop bitterness, uniquely refreshing, earthy, herbal, bready with hint of spice finish.
Light body but good weight, clean, smooth, engaging, very crushable.
It is sad to see this iconic beer go.
Nov 21, 2023
Rated: 5 by SRV from Oklahoma

Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Aug 27, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by siege06nd from Virginia

Aug 26, 2023
Rated: 3.84 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2023
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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a handsome rich copper gold with a decent pillowy white head. The smell is biscuit and grain with a hint of hop. The taste is some caramel, biscuit, grain, a little bitterness, and a decent malt backbone. It's very balanced, drinkable, and refreshing and had 2 of these after the Diamondbacks baseball game in Phoenix at Hanny's in downtown and sorry to see it go if it is indeed gone.
Aug 14, 2023
Rated: 3.71 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Aug 05, 2023
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Rated by calvin_os from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Had to try it before it was discontinued. Looks great, but lacking in much flavor at all--everything feels muted. Quite crushable though.
Aug 04, 2023
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain with just a tad of smoke. Tastes of caramelized grain, nice profile. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Aug 03, 2023
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a copper color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is floral notes and roasted malts. Taste is peppery with a slightly bitter finish. Had to try this one while it was still available in the stores.
Aug 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz can dated 5/30/2023 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a dark amber color with a white head.
S - Smells malty and earthy.
T - Tastes of malt and caramel.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Great beer when you plan on having a couple. It will be a shame to see her go.
Jul 30, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Jul 21, 2023
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Reviewed by HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap in San Francisco in a pint glass
Look: Transparent amber with about 1 finger of white head with decent retention.
Smell: Subtle herbs and hops
Taste: Clean and crisp. Hints of malt and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I am extremely saddened to hear of Anchor Steam closing down (after 127 years): This is the end of an iconic American beer and brewery. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to drink this beer on tap when it was still available.
Jul 17, 2023
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Rated by nlmartin from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Malty with earthy hops. Its crushable. A legend has become extinct.
Jul 15, 2023
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A sad day indeed. We long ago sipped and enjoyed many an Anchor product. Several were taken down during the first few weeks of the covid lockdowns as there really wasn’t much else to do other than try new beer. We never put the beer into words. From memory though, Steam was a fantastic sipping beverage with its profile defining bitter hoppy bite. The history and tradition, you could taste it. A real shame to hear earlier this week about the full closing of the brewery. The Christmas ale was a staple of the holidays for the past number of year. A very sad day. Pour one out for Fritz.
Jul 13, 2023
Rated: 3.6 by farmboy21 from Illinois

Jul 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
draft pour into standard shaker pint glass. deep amber with a finger of dirty white foam head. malty and caramel-forward in the nose. taste mostly follows. maybe some earthy hops in the mix as well but it’s pretty simple in its structure. medium-full mouthfeel. fairly malty mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. i haven’t had this one in many, many years but was glad to revisit. a craft beer classic.
Jul 06, 2023
Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 6459 ratings