Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,981 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:
5,981
Reviews:
2,047
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,257
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Guden
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- coppery with a bit of haze, and a thin layer of head that sticks around

S- lots of bready and caramel malt with a nice balancing earthy hops.

T- again caramel and earthy, minty hops balance each other along with a finish of minerals.

M- medium thin in body with low carbonation. Similar to an english bitter it works well with such a balanced beer.

O- a very nice beer that I put off trying for far too long. Not overly complex but nicely balanced and uniquely interesting.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-17-14, poured into a shaker pint glass. Clear reddish gold color, one finger white thick head, pretty good retention and nice lace. Aroma is malty, with some light grassy notes. Taste was malty, like the aroma, with some peppery flavors and just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but very crisp, almost dry. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, quenched my thirst very nicely.

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Photo of skillerified
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber-red colored brew with a small, tan head. Lots of fast moving carbonation bubbles are clearly visible. Lacing comes in sheets, but breaks up quickly.

The nose very strongly favors a sweet malt scent. There are some fruit and floral notes hiding in there too. Just a touch of caramel too. Actually smells pretty good.

Flavor starts with an interesting and delicious sweet, warm malt. It's reminscent of bread or cookies of some sort. I can't quite place exactly what kind. It's tasty though. There's a touch of a hoppy, citrus flavor on the finish that balances nicely against the malt flavor. Not too complex, but tasty.

Starts sweet, but has a nice, subtle bitter bite on the finish. The carbonation is fairly aggressive. Well-balanced, but nothing too outstanding about the mouthfeel.

I don't see why I couldn't have another one. Overall, it's a relatively unique taste, but a good one.

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Photo of B_G
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cliff1066
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dauber
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SFNC
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam Beer is an iconic beer, but to be honest more a historical one. It looks great in the glass with a deep golden color with tight white one finger head. The smell is grain and malts with a light flowery hop presence. The taste is crisp, with the grains and hops present from the smell. Lightly bitter with a strong carbonation, it's crisp and refreshing, not a WOW beer, but a consistent pleasant pour.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked 1SL. Sampled on Christmas Day 2011. It pours a medium amber with a small head that becomes a ring while leaving a decent lacing. The aroma is of barley, biscuit, and sweetness with a nice hoppy balance. The body falls into the medium range. The taste has a moderate bitterness and a clean finish.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a tangerine orange copper color with a minimal head. a very nice color with carbonation shooting up to the top.

S- vinegar malts, citrus and vanilla bean hops. quite sweet and somewhat sugary earthy and bread malts smell.

T- a distinctive bitter citrus hop flavor. a grainy earthy malt tone as well. A strong nut flavor comes out strong in the beginning as well.

M- a grainy and nutty type of feel. Bitter hops and sweet malts.

D- not bad on the drinkability side. It takes a few sips to acquire the taste for it but it is actually quite good. It shoots down the throat.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to small pint glass.

A - Translucent light amber colour with a yellow glow and a very small amount of bubbly off-white head.

S - Crisp hops and bready malts in a seemingly good balance. Clean and crisp.

T - Bitter crisp hop bite up front, followed by bready malts and then the crisp hop flavour returns in the finish. A slight sweetness is present throughout, which compliments the hops nicely.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

D - A very drinkable beer that would be as well suited for a hot summer day as it would a cool fall evening.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spices, fruit, sweet bready and caramelly malts and some floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a has a nice sweetness from the malts giving out bready and caramelly notes with a slight fruitiness and a slight bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin layer of white head with an yellow/orange color. Very bubbly around the glass.

Smells a lot of caramel toasted bread and sweet grass. Some earthy hops with a hint of lemon citrus.

A crisp malty citrus hops bite. Light caramel malt body with a well balanced citrus/grassy hops bite to finish. Doesn't finish too dry or bitter. Refreshing.

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Photo of chris657
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dennisharrison
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bplabernie
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmq103
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This had a nice light, hazy golden color with a decent 1/2" head that didn't mind sticking around. Lacing was spot-on, literally...

Smell: An initial caramel, malty, fruity nose. I know it's not a Hefeweizen, but I clearly picked up banana in the aroma. This is a good thing for me since I enjoy the Hefeweizen style. I just wasn't expecting banana in this "steam" beer. No booziness at all. I can tell already this is going to be a good session beer.

Taste: Again, light caramel, malt and mild citrus hops. Not bittering at all, with a hint of sweetness to it, making it an easy drinking beer with great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was a perfect match to the nice, clean finish.

Overall: I would recommend this for anyone looking for a session beer that doesn't take a backseat in the flavor department. This will make my kegerator again in the future for sure.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a one finger head which gives way to some faint lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt roasted malt and a hint of green fruits. The taste has a nice deep malt backbone of caramel and roasted malts. The middle and backend of a nice little generic hop bite with hints of green fruits. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little dry. The drinkability is good, it is a solid beer, with nothing to make you dislike it, it is an easy drink with some nice flavor to it.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A much more solid beer than I expected. I was ready for a dated and boring beer but it was surprisingly complex and enjoyable. Looks very nice, a transparent orange-ish amber with a bright white head about two fingers. The head lingers and leaves good lacing throughout the glass. Smells sweet, like lagers often do. A pretty subtle scent to it, but there's hints of caramely malts and some faint hop aroma. Taste is actually pretty layered. Starts out sweet and malty, with caramel breadiness and hints of things like licorice and raisins. As the beer travels across the palate, some floral hop flavors and subtle bitterness develops, finishing with a crisp and somewhat dry feel. Flavors are clean and bright. Feel is smooth and creamy. This is a great beer to dissect the subtleties of or to just drink casually.

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Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yep...it's a lizard tour beer

well carbonated and therefore a big head at pour time. it dropped, leaving respectable lace. below the lace is a clear copper-amber color. musky hop aroma

clean, slightly sweet taste. there's an essence of sulphur (i guess it's in the aroma), but it's slight. a slight fruity flavor pops in late as well—apple, pear. hop flavors are very crucial

it's not a character of aroma or taste i can really identify. not that it's all that mystical, but it is a bridge style. i like it, but i don't

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Photo of sbleibtrey
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gppittjk
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,981 ratings.
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