Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
6,001 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:
#9,536
Reviews:
2,053
Ratings:
6,001
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,270
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,001 |  Reviews: 2,053
Photo of CortexBomb
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aiptasia
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber colour with a nice white head and lacing. I smell light hops and biscuit malt. The taste has a nice bitterness to it. I get some citrus hops with almost a bread flavour from the malt. Very smooth mouthfeel. I could drink many of these in a row. I don't often drink this, but when I do I always enjoy it.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rawfish
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber into a shaker glass with a eggshell head reaching three fingers in height slightly over the brim of the glass. Excellent retention that folds in on itself into a dome cap though not much lacing.

Light biscuit maltiness with a touch of grain and hay on the back end. Low key spice notes lightly flowery.

Biscuits with a slight touch of spice and brown sugar sweetness up front, balanced by some grassy hop profile. Finishes crisp. Warming causes the beer to add a bit more adjunct lager corn flavors in the after taste.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes crisp and cleanly, smooth on the palate.

Standard for the California common, smooth and sessionable, but has much in common with any other amber lager. Its appearance stands out, never had such an impressive head on a lager before. There are other beers I'd rather session but if anyone asks for the style, this is the way to go.

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Photo of jharmon
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopBomb515
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rusty orange with a khaki head and nice lacing rings on the glass. Notes of subtle toffee, sweet grain, pepper, and mild fruit. Creamy after a nice carbonation bite and slightly drying leaving a light lingering bitterness. Good beer here, nothing ground breaking but well done.

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Photo of darkfruits
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a fingernail of eggshell white. I small light malt with a slight marzipan note. To taste light malt, marzipan, and faint citrus. The mouth is light, crisp, and lightly salty.

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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd like to say I like this beer more than I do because of its unique status as a hybrid. I do enjoy it on tap when I'm in the San Fran area. Maybe its too balanced in its presentation with hop and malt so equal that I can't form a strong opinion. Its also a little thin in mouthfeel and finish to me. Big fan of Anchor's Porter, though.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stableatbest
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of riversglow
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickJR
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper with large 2-3 finger head that lasted quite a while. Fell to decent white cap and had solid lacing.

S - Great nose on this one. Sweet, caramel/vanilla malt aroma with some fruit behind it, something like peach or golden apples. No hop presence which is surprising...

T - The semi-sweet malt starts off, but degenerates into a bland sourness. Earthy/floral hop character briefly kicks in late palate leading to a dry and mineral-like bitterness. Not a huge fan of the taste, but the malt works really well and I feel the hops ruin the taste.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The beer has a sort of silkiness.

D - I might have a few of these, but the only memorable aspect of this beer is it's aroma. The taste isn't all that interesting, and for the price I definitely wouldn't choose this as a session beer; it's not *that* good.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,001 ratings
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