Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
Very Good
6,018 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:
#10,073
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,018
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,283
Trade:
1
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMM1983
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber producing 3+ fingers of frothy, lasting, eggshell head that leaves patches & rings of chunky, sticky lace. Aroma is caramel & pale malt, bread & clean grain, herbal, with a hint of evergreen. Taste is caramel, bread, grain, grass, earthy herbal, pepper, pine & a moderately bitter hop character from mid-sip that intensifies into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth with a light prickle and moderately astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of Craven
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best lagers out there. Goes down great while having excellent flavor. A classic.

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Photo of gardner254
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mgraden
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtee
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 04/2019.

Look: The beer pours a clear deep amber/light copper with 6cm of dense, tan head that dissipates into a craggy cap in 4-ish minutes. Great lacing and overall retention. Effervescent.

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. The malt bill is layered and subtle with notes of toasty pale malts, dried fruit, and faint caramel. Fresh, herbal hops with cedar-like notes are also present, however a bit milder than I expected.

Taste: Follows the aroma with moderate strength and bitter balance. The front is malty with notes of toast, dried fruit (raisins), and light caramel. What follows is fresh, herbal hops with pronounced bitterness. The finish is very pleasant with medium intensity and length as well as a bitter balance.

Feel: Medium body with fairly mild carbonation. Creamy and leaning towards dry. No astringency or alcohol warming. Nothing unpleasant whatsoever.

Overall: The first American craft beer. I remember having it once before but I lacked the perspective and mileage to fully appreciate it back then. This brew is pleasant all around with great looks and mouthfeel as well as an aroma and flavour to hold your attention till the last sip. Quite simple yet nuanced with excellent craftsmanship. If not world-class, I still consider it a must-try for any beerlover/enthusiast.

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Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Light amber see through beer with a large off white head. Interesting light scent , slight malt with slight hops.(close to a euro pale) Flavor is caramel malt driven with some bread on the finish. Noticeable but mild hop bite to go along with the bread on the finish. Medium thin mouthfeel with light carbonation.

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Photo of whiskyecho
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, spicy bold taste... a classic beer

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of baldy00
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 3/10/17 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp. The beer pours bright light orange amber in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin cap. The aroma is faint and presents mostly toasted malt. The beer is barely sweet toasted malt again with a mildly fruity yeast driven finish. There is a nice drying bitterness on the finish also. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated, and dry. Overall, very good. This bottle is past it's prime, but still enjoyable. If this beer were local and fresh, I would buy it in bulk.

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

Good beer. Very drinkable. While not exceptional in any one area, it’s more than acceptable in all of the criteria. I have seen this beer around for ages and I almost always pick up a sizer when I’m lucky to find it in my area.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber with a frothy cream colored head that hangs around.

Spicy hops and bread malt in the nose with some caramel, citrus, and earth notes.

Bright and crisp with a touch of citrus and spicy/herbal bitterness. This is hung on a malt backbone with notes of baked bread and caramel.

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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

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,018 ratings
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