Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,961 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:
5,961
Reviews:
2,042
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
1,249
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Southernbrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rshepard
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lawlerj
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of studentofbeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear orange/copper with a slight dirty white head. Some big bubbles, and it fades pretty fast.

clean, bready malt, sweet and kind of sea-breezy. hints of fruit and earth, with slight astringency.

dry, sweet and crisp bready malt, with a tickle of bitterness at the end. very clean tasting and a bit spritzy. again a hint of fruit sweetness comes through but isn't very present. almost a bit of mustiness in the malt-- i think it's that earthy flavor, maybe the hops? great balance between bready malt and hop aftertaste. Super drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Pours an apple juice color with an amber and copper hue, some carbonation, and an OK off white head.

Has a toasted caramel smell with a herbal spruce and citrus hops aroma.

Kind of a slight nutty toasted malt taste with a slight herbal orange and grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium bodied, sweet texture, soft carbonation, with the finish.

A very drinkable style.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,961 ratings.
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