Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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6,086 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:
#12,114
Reviews:
2,080
Ratings:
6,086
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Ratings: 6,086 |  Reviews: 2,080
Photo of matodowd
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Nice amber color, with adequate foamy head. Rich flavor and nice finish. I had always heard about Anchor Steam during the days when American macro-brews ruled, now I know why! A reputation well deserved

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Photo of Mespi49
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of scottvanbelois
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmva321
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Clear and clean looking amber body with a constant stream of bubbles floating up. I got about a finger of white head that leaves the faintest of lacing along the glass.

S: Simple but wonderful. Strong hop bitterness and a citrus aroma that cuts through perfectly.

T: Simple but even more wonderful. Crisp and clean hops and a beautiful grapefruit tartness. What a surprise!

F: Clean with enough heft to the body to make it feel consequential. Wonderful carbonation is active on the tongue. Wonderfully refreshing with a dryness afterwards.

O: This one shocked me. I don't have much to say, because it's not much more than a simple lager, but if this isn't one of the best crafted and tasting in the style. This going to become a go-to for me.

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Photo of lloyddas
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber color. Very clear. 1/2 inch head with staying power fed by sparkling beads. Yeasty floral smell. Citrusy hopping predominantly grapefruit and floral notes . Mildly bitter with dry finish. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vader444
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Beavertown schooner. Pours an attractive amber colour. Plenty of carbonation in evidence. Lightly malty on the nose and palate. Enjoyable if unspectacular beer. I can see why it is held up as a classic of the craft beer world but there’s nothing here to blow me away.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy-to-drink lager but a little disappointing considering the hype. Nice amber color with thick white foamy head, some nice lingering lacing. Smells faintly of malt and grain, tastes similarly although there is a hint of bitterness at the finish. Mild thin mouthfeel, slight lingering bitterness. Decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A long time favorite

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

Photo of eluvah
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Draft into a tall Pilsner glass.

Pour: rich golden color with some amber tones. Nice 1-2 finger head that dissipates to a slight ring. No lacing to speak of.

Nose: some malt sweetness but fairly benign.

Taste: caramel, bready malt. Followed by some hop bitterness. Clean, crisp, refreshing.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation that pleasantly stings the tongue. More substance than most lagers, but still very crisp almost like a Pilsner.

Overall: like everyone says: it’s a classic that stillbrates well. Drinkable anytime and with nearly any food. Refreshing but not watery. Full bodied but not heavy.

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Photo of mblack62
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dnmyrick
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with an amber two-finger head that lingers and laces the glass nicely. Roasty, malty taste, with a perfect slight bitterness and crispness on the finish. To the nose roasted malts and a little fruity yeast. Overall, an excellent (nearly perfect!) example of this style and an easy-drinking year-round go-to beer. Highly sessionable. I can't imagine any true beer lover not really liking this beer! If I ever get to San Francisco, touring this brewery will be very high on my list of things to do.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pejohnson46
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So subtle, the mix of lager smoothness and ale fruit essence imparted by the yeast is exceptional. Great head retention, beautiful amber color, I could drink this all summer long

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Photo of Oleg85
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've really got nothing to compare this to (in terms of the style), so here it goes.

Pours amber with a thick foamy white head. Lots of carbonation springing from the bottom of the glass
Aroma is: lager yeast/wet wood/some corn/toast/butter
Taste is: estery/toast
Feel: medium bodied - high carbonation - some slight astringency on the finish lends to a slight crisp bite
Overall: For my first judged steam beer, I liked it, and would certainly have again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

**
04/24/2018

Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Maize color, clear, medium white head.
AROMA: rice, barley, mild hops. solid old fashioned beer smell.
TASTE: mostly malty cereal, with touches of mild fruit (apple?), wood, hay.
FEEL: light bodied, good carbonation.

A quality classic brew that has lasted through the decades; just falls a hint beneath current expectations.

**

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

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,086 ratings