Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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87
very good
5,948 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
Ratings:
5,948
Reviews:
2,039
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
1,244
For Trade:
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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big off white head after an aggressive pour. Couldn't pour the entire bottle, had to wait for the head to settle before emptying the rest of the bottle. Deep amber in colour.

S - Malty aroma that is, at first, hard to detect. Beyond that some very light notes of honey, apple, and apricot.

T & M - This opens smooth and malty with a very slight hint of honey followed by a hoppy bitterness in the finish that lingers briefly. This is not a rich tasting beer but the flavor is not thin either. Medium bodied with a persistent carbonation that bristles against the tongue.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice copper/amber color and formed a nice off-white head, that left some nice lace. The aroma was of malt and some hops. The flavor was of malt and hops with a slight citrus aspect. The finish was a touch astrigent, giving it a slight bitter aftertaste. A good beer

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Photo of RCLOHR267
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zakery
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A decent white head on a clear and light amber body.

Smell: Some very shy caramel-malt aromas are peeking out. They become a little more noticable as the beer warms up; don't serve this one too cold.

Taste: Hop bitterness comes first, then the maltier tastes. The hop aromas are mostly noticable in the after-taste before the hop bitterness takes over again in a long dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

It's nice whenever you come across a beer that is not afraid to show some bitter hop character and not only hop aromas.

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Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markaberrant
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear, deep amber with a red hue, creamy thick off white head. Sheets of lace down the glass.

S - herbal hops, gentle malt sweetness with a hint of breadiness

T - get a lot more of the woody/rustic hop notes in the flavour, nicely matched by the bready malt. Sweetness is low, and virtually no fruity character. Finish is dry and bitter, with lingering woody hops.

M - light bodied, refreshing. Medium carbonation. Very smooth. Extremely easy to drink.

D - damn tasty and refreshing. very unique session beer.

My first venture into Steam Beer (I don't count the Sleemans Steam I tried 10 years ago). The aroma reminds me somewhat of pilsener, but the taste itself is unique and comes across as rustic. The overall effect is somewhere between a pilsener and an english bitter. I'm gonna have to get off my butt and brew one of these.

Thanks to Mattt for the bottle!

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Photo of Tjquality
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a clear light amber color, a short off white head, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma - Pilsner-like. Grainy, faint earthy hops, nutty.
Taste - Biscuity malt up front, not very sweet, toasted grain, zesty earthy hop balances the malt with a hint of bitterness. Finish is dry and very lager-like.
Feel - Light to medium body, smooth, crisp, dry.

Overall - A classic. Great choice when the weather starts getting warmer. Paired great with fish and chips.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 12/16/10) poured into a pint glass

A: Regular pour leads to a 3-finger, off-white foamy head with lots of bubble action and is fairly quick to evaporate. Somewhat cloudy, gold copper color that almost like a really light rust (not in a bad way).

S: Lightly toasted malts, a little floral hop character, a little lemon citrus, toffee.

T: Right up front you get that nice floral hop character, almost seems a mix between english style and german style hops. Floral with a little lemon citrus; very clean, earthy, and a little bitterness. The malts come in right behind it, slightly toasted with a 'heaviness' and flavor that seems almost like a brown ale. Fairly long middle with the toasted grains, actually there's a good bit of depth too, almost like a somewhat dark multi-grain bread. There's some toffee-like sweetness, just enough to clean out the hops and grains, seems like the perfect balance. The citrus and floral hops come back again in the finish to give it just a tiny bite and slight bittering finish, though it's still clean and crisp.

M: Lots of lively carbonation that lasts a long time on the palate. Medium body, akin to a good brown ale. Crisp and refreshing.

O: A good, solid beer that is tasty, balanced, and refreshing. I feel like this will make a fantastic summer beer and a nice break from over-the-top IPAs.

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Photo of Risenhower
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kinda cloudy with a copper amber hue. The head is very small and slightly off white.
Smell: floral and toasted malt and a hint of citrus.
Taste: Toasted malt with a dusty floral hops and a hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel: is slightly astringent but overall a good mouth coating.
Drinkability: I would drink it again.
Overall it was a different style of beer and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I ended up enjoying this beer.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the yankee pier restaurant at san franscisco int'l airport.

served in tall pilsner glass with some hourglass curves.

clear gem-like amber, good head that lasts throughout. thin but constant lacing

biscuity malt aroma with grassy notes of slightly herbal hops. some estery fruitiness, almost like dried apricots.

flavor is malty and caramelized, with a bold but smooth hop bitterness which glides into finish.

still slightly thinner than i'd hoped, but manages to have some texture. lively carbonation.

great on tap. had this with oysters.

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Photo of Valmor88
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright golden appearance in the glass. Two to three fingers of white head that reduces quickly. Very nice lacing left over.

S: Bready-sweet malts are the first thing I notice, with some spices and fruity aromas as well. Hops are detectable, but don't run the show like the malts.

T: Big flavor, there is a lot going on here. The bready malts come in first again, leading way to some fruity essences. There is some roasted toffee flavor that hits right before the finish, which was nice and bitter.

M: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Definitely a good beer. There is a lot going on with it. This is one of the first beers to which I introduce my non-beer-loving friends.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz uniquely shaped anchor bottle

Appearance: Nice 2 finger head which dissipates into a very soapy lacing. Color is amber. The beer is clear and the bubbles would suggest it is full of carbonation. Lacing clings to glass wonderfully.

Smell: Big malt character can be smelled from affair, when your nose zooms in you also get citrusy and floral hop that combined with the malt create a fresh and clean aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A big malty character balanced a very floral and dark fruit taste. A bit of a citrus twang from the hops, that allows for a slightly but dry finnish. A tiny bit of bitterness from the hops but nothing overwhelming. A medium body and is a very filling beer.

Drinkability: a good clean all rounded lager. Very drinkable, its a very malty beer but avoids tasting cereal. Provides a good contrast with Dark fruit & citrus flavors and aromas. One of the most flavorful lagers I've had.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Superb appearance with a three finger off-white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Clear amber body. Attractive looking brew.

Smells a little like a pale ale to me with a little bit of hops, a little citrus, but some light yeast aroma as well. Inviting aroma.

Light hops in the flavor. A little citrus, a small touch of sweet malt, a little bready yeast. A slightly bitter finish works for me.

Very well put together. It's different and I like it.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of aval89
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark orange/amber color into a pint glass. decent 2 finger powdery head...slowly goes down but looks nice..carbonation is visible..

smells close to an amber lager...sweet malt up front..light to medium hop presence..has kind of an ocean vibe to it to me..very earthy as well...lots going on here..salt water taffy??

so i dive in..after my first sip im hit with a big but not overpowering hop presence..it quickly mellows out for other flavors to come in...salt water, bubble gum, sweetness from the malt, lemon zest, almost minty, some sort of sugar sweetness i cant yet detect, a lot going on, very complex and unique.. leaves a hoppy feeling in your mouth but not offensive, it flows so great in your mouth...
mouthfeel has i'd say a medium carbonation but it feels right..semi dry finish...

this stuff is very drinkable and sessionable as well.. im glad i finally picked this stuff up... a great one in my book..

definitely gotta show this one to my buds back in cali haha

cheers!!

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber brown with a short white head.

S: Light hops and some serious pear aroma. Maybe some other sweet smells but the pear overpowers.

T: Much like the smell there's pear and hops but also a caramel malty flavor.

M: A fair bit of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: A tasty beer and much more flavor than I was expecting from this style.

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Photo of ghebel
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear, amber/copper color. Head is adequate, off-white, forms a creamy layer on the surface. It dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel malt, earthy hops, fruity.

T - Nice bitterness, caramel malt.

M - Moderate body with lingering bitterness. Smooth drinking with dry finish.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall - I like this style of lager, especially the bitter component combined with smooth drinking. Has lots of flavor as well.

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

The color is light cooper, with a slight off-white, bubbly neck that retains well. The body is clear, and emanates caramel very strongly, as well as earthy and piney tones. The light body brings caramel/toast nodes, with apparent hops. You can notice a discrete fruitness in the background (mango, bananas). The finish is strong, exposing so well the hops... It's a good Lager, with a more malty profile, and a slight background fruitness. Great beer - I like it!

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

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark amber color, thick white head that will not quit and leaves decent lacing. Bubbly carbonation and radiant color enhance the look.

S- Bready, yeasty, caramel malty, and some fruity hops.

T-Pale malt and caramel backbone with some tart California lemony hop flavor. Earthy and pungent.

M- Great body for a 4.9 abv beer, nice crisp carbonation, too. There's some teeth to it, bite but not overly bitter. Dry malt and yeast finish.

O- Unique as a lager/ale, truly craft. Enjoyable very time.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice red amberish, nice white head that stuck for about 3 minutes. decent lacing.

Smells are floral from hops with a small bit of sweet maltiness. it's not an incredible smell, but is very solid and well balanced.

Taste is hoppy with a malty backbone, very balanced. Hops win the fight, but there is a caramel sweetness to it. Some orange citris to the hops as well.

Mouthfeel is good. medium body. carbonation was a little lower than i remember, but that is probably from the tap.

Overall just a solid american beer. Can't go wrong with it. great balance. Mmmm good.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear hazelnut brown hue with a lot of tiny bubbles rising. Thin layer of white frothy head that fades to a thinner layer of bubbles pretty quickly.

S - Sweet malts and fruity hops dominate the smell of this. Some nice spice as well. Some nice bready yeasts too.

T - Bready yeast/malts with some slight caramel flavoring and a nice kick of hops that I didn't quite expect. There's also a very nice nutty flavor as the beer warms. Fairly simple yet complex in a way I can't quite describe.

M - Thin to medium bodied, very crisp. Finish is that kick of bitter hops followed by a nice sweet aftertaste that stays around for quite a while.

O - I had never had a beer in this style before, and decided this was as good a beer as any to start on. I can see why it's been brewed for over 100 years.

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Photo of leefx
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,948 ratings.
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