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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Photo of The-Beav
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer , I picked up a little boozy aroma, also noted a peanut - like note in the taste , mild just adding to the other reviews, will defiantly purchase again.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass generic "fatty" bottle, multicolored on yellow label

Appearance: copper color, large off-white head, average lacing

Smell: malt and some caramel

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, strong bitter hoppiness, toasted malt, citrus

Notes: good all around beer, can't go wrong with it

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with small initial head, creamy with ever so slight off-white tinge. Mostly diminishes, but has good lacing. Very aromatic when poured. Citrus jumped out of the glass at me, a little yeast and very slight malt. Had a scent of sweet apples or cider. Very clear amber appearance. By the looks of things, actively carbonated. Taste, or lack of it, is a dissapointment. Medium duration with a mildly bitter finish, just a really watery taste (much more so than I remember, maybe I have been drinking too many taste-filled ales recently). The mouth is a creamy feel, soft but yet lively carbonation. Lack of taste is the biggest let down for this brew.

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Photo of WIBrewMan
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BierReise
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite american lagers along with Sam Adams. Nice color with slight cloudiness. Aroma is malty and a little hop fragrance. Very smooth on the palate unlike other lagers which have a little more effervescence to them. This was about the only beer on the menu tonight worth having. It's a shame restaurants don't give their beer selection half the attention their wine menus get.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, has an average sized foamy white head that last. Has a grainy, bready flowery aroma. Light and balanced hop and malt flavors, medium body with a dry crisp finish, this may be on of the easiest drinking beers I have ever had.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear orange color and you can see the carbonation that leads to the thin white head. Lots of bready notes in the nose. Yeast, malts, bread, is all I get on the nose. The taste is similar to the aroma, maybe with a little sweetness at the beginning, a nice crispness, and a slight bitterness at the end. The beer has a refreshing quality to it, crisp as well as a nice feel of carbonation.

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Photo of Nyved
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hammarby
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with offwhite head.
S: Kind of faint smell of malts and alcohol. Not a big nose. Maybe some caramel.
T: Malty with pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Rice, honey, a faint buttery tone. A bit metallic (not flawed).
M: Carboration with tiny bubbles. Just below medium body.

This is not the kind of beer that "attacks" your buds, rather one that grows on you.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. My first from Anchor and my first CA Common.

Pours a reddish/golden amber with a finger of khaki head and a bit of lacing. Smell is heavy on the toasted grain and caramel malts. Taste continues with the toasted barley malts, caramel, a sliver of citrus, and an elusive hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium bodied, and moderately crisp. Tastes like prototypical lager, a lot like Sprecher's lagers. Drinkable for days, but nothing too exciting. Never been much of a lager fan, but this was tasty enough I suppose. Enough character to keep me interested.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is mild/medium orange with an impressive white head on top. Nose is softly malted.

Flavour starts out nice and full of caramel malts, a certain spicy, peppery tinge shows up about halfway, but the smooth malty overtone stays present for a good long spell. Yeast, bready, nutty with some slight, slight light fruit notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and full but nothing particularly special. Drinkability is good, a tasty, inexpensive brew that is available year-around.

The bottom line: Anchor's Steam beer is a venerable oldster on the craft brew scene at this point, but it still persists as a tasty, if not particularly depthy option. A great session brew.

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Photo of dandp88
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 20, 2015

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Deep gold and mostly clear, about an inch of bubbly thick white head, moderately low retention.

S – Low caramel, fresh bread, grainy sweetness with fruity esters, apples and apricot. Hops are herbal and slightly resiny, with a touch of fresh mint.

T – Light caramel and minty hops, some low fruity esters and grainy malt. A touch sweet and then hop bitterness follows.

M – A touch of sweetness from the malt and then moderate bitterness to the finish. High carbonation, a bit sudsy. Aftertaste is bittersweet, following a moderately dry finish.

O – Similar to a lager in its smooth drinkability and accented bitterness, with the juicy, fruity character of an ale. Very distinctive.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer I had heard great things and they were true. No wonder this beer saved the company.

Appearance- An orange-amber color that is copper like a penny. A nice two finger head that sustains itself for quite sometime.

Smell- Oh! The odor of sweet hops .

Taste- A very sharp taste with a good amount of hops bitterness but not over powering. It blends well with the malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied that is slightly chewy.

Drinkability- I like this beer and I strongly recommend it.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a clean white, one finger head that gets some nice texture, a little active carb and pretty great lacing. Color is deep golden red and pretty clear. All in all a great looking beer

S: Very soft nose, unfortunately smells a little like Bud or MGD. Not much complexity, maybe a little hoppyness.

T: This beer really bites. But like the smell, there isn't much here in the taste. Not terribly bitter (the bite is more on the back of the mouth, IMO).

M: Thin, but smooth. Not altogether unappealing. Could be good for people who don't like darker, creamy beers but want to.

D: Good, not great, but wouldn't turn it down like I would some other beers.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish gold body with a finger of white head. A very rich and robust appearance for a lighter, quenching craft beer choice.

Nose is sour graininess. Different.

Flavor is also different than any other brew, IMHO. Grainy up front, a sour and light bitterness on the finish. Not so much hoppiness as palate cleanser. A good balanced brew with a unique flavor blend.

Mouthfeel is cleansing and smooth.

Drinkability is very high. Always a favorite with food. It's high availability on the West Coast makes it one that I go to often when traveling on business.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drops substantial clarity into a light amber liquid, forms a nice 1/2" head, uniform lace, after deft retention. Aroma was kicking that cool lager/ale hybrid yeast fruitiness.

More of that yeast driven flavor, its light, there is a mild carbonation and hop kick to it. Sweetness dialed in. Always enjoyable when on tap at Pizza Barn in Fallon, NV.

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Photo of Mojo
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - medium gold pour with a dense two finger off white head, great retention, and an average amount of lacing left behind.

S - nose is pine, fruit, and spicy hops.

T - fairly dry taste, a little yeasty with some metallic notes, and a spicy hop finish

M - good carbonation with a bit of an aftertaste

O - classic beer, okay but I don't consider it a treat.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow I have yet to try this beer. It seems to be pretty common around here.

App: Cloudy orange/brown/amber. Decent head retention with lacing that slides down the glass.

Smell: Fruity with a hint of metal. Sourness as well.

Taste: Fruity at first, then asprin-like hops kick in. Finish is burnt bitter. Aftertaste is buttery and burnt. Definately a different taste. Pretty good too.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin. The buttery aftertaste is a plus though.

Drinkability: Very good. Good taste without numbing the pallate. Good summer beer.

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Photo of Kevent
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aiptasia
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a re-visit for me as i'd only tried it once over 20 years ago while living in California. Served it up today in a red solo cup after outside temps are soaring into the low 90 * f. here in Florida.

A: Pours a nice beautiful honey amber color with a really respectable cloud white barrista frothy head.

S: Smells of biscuit yeast and fresh hay.

T: Refreshingly wet taste with moderate bitterness from earthy Northwestern hops, loam flavors criss-cross the tongue like a lawn tractor mowing down a checkerboard lawn.

M: Starts wet. Plenty of bubbly. Medium bitter middle, ends wet. No discernible alcohol notes (well balanced).

O: Solid beer. Great for hops lovers who are looking for a lower alcohol refreshing summer brew for those swamp ass days of summer.

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Photo of thoglund
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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