Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
6,043 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
Ranking:
#10,687
Reviews:
2,061
Ratings:
6,043
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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237
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1,300
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production code 7GB = August 2, 2017.
A: Pours a crystal clear amber with 1 1/2 inch, off white head, solid retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of grains, dough, and pepper/spice. Honestly, more akin to a Pilsner aroma (as might be expected).
T: Light perry and caramel tastes predominate with bitterness entering early and strong at the finish.
M: Light bodied and good persistent carbonation. Clean finish
O: I remember the first time I tried Anchor Steam fondly and it has been a go to, if somewhat quirky, choice. First time I have rated it. A classic -- top of this class.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaron73
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ale_addin
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bajengurkan
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bobbca8
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soccrgump
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/11/15
A: Light copper color; 1 finger off-white head, dissipated rather quickly
S: Immediate lager smell, coppery/burnt caramel
T: follows smell, malty crispness, slight hop presents

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Photo of csmrx7
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bhunter0812
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ICTguy21
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cacophonyofroaring
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itsZachShaw
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Celtics76
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopdini
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's something about those open air fermenters.. unique delicious brew.

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Photo of ThePold
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed one of the first real beers I ever had. What can one say except thank you Fritz Maytag for making this. This is a classic beverage whose flavor sits alongside Sam Adams lager as the founding tastes of modern American beer.

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Photo of Khaack
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with thick golden head, excellent retention.
Smell - malts, rice, bread, earthy hops.
Taste - follows the smell with pleasant and distinct bitter finish.
Light body, decent carbonation, true california and true common one.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Pours a crystal clear, reddish brown color with a thick, off-white head about two fingers thick. Smells of caramels, malt, and a hint of hops. Taste is bready, a little bit of fruit, a hint of hop bitterness to it. Flavor lingers after the finish, medium-light body, goes down very easy. Quite refreshing.

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

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

This beer looks awesome on the shelf, the label and bottle shape are cool. It's also nice to try a historic West Coast US brew.

Nice amber colour with medium carbonation. Thin bubbly head is present on pouring but not for long.

You get malt on the nose with a touch of burnt caramel.

Burnt malt flavours are present, with caramel and a touch of fruitiness.

Top quality brew, no wonder it has been around for so long.

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Photo of Dper
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,043 ratings