Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,945 Ratings
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On par with a craft amber ale. I cant say I can pick out the difference aside from more hops. Looks amber with a nice white head. Smells very caramel and tastes it with a nicely balanced bitterness. A pleasure to drink and great with rich food. I get a hint of alcohol as it warms, but thats really the only bad thing I can say. Cheers to this classic.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of a microbrew was this beer. My friend used to steal it from his fathers package store. A clean taste, slightly sweet with a good balance of hops, it seemed exotic at the time, but now just tastes great. I definitely recommend this all.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, nice bubbly head.

Grainy aroma, slight lemon citrus and a touch of sweetness.

Medium body, light sweet and lemon citrus. Hints of toasted malts and caramel flavors. Finishes with a grainy dryness.

A very fine beer, I have converted a couple people to good beer with this and still enjoy it myself.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a translucent amber, with a thin head that doesn't linger too long. Not much lacing as it goes down.

S - strong malt sweetness, not much else going on. Straight forward, no nonsense. I like that.

T - again, strong on malt, but some fruit and hops on the back end. A very easy going, straightforward beer. Taste improves and more elements come out as the beer warms.

M - medium body with not too much carbonation. A nice balanced approach that doesn't get in the way of the flavor.

D - overall, very enjoyable. It wasn't quite what I expected, but it was great and a beer that I would love to drink a few of. Overall, a very balanced, tasty beer that I will be going back to.

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Tawny-brown with a smallish off-white head that wanes to a trace. The bouquet is very unique and very inviting. An earthy-malt and caramel/sugary aroma delights your nose. The taste is divine, it really is. I was completely impressed with it. The taste is complex enough with suggestions of malt and caramel. This beer’s bitterness steels the show. A twang of fruit at the end rounds off the brew nicely.

I think this would be a great beer to widen the horizons of macro-drinkers. Try one.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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