Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
5,999 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:
#9,437
Reviews:
2,053
Ratings:
5,999
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,268
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 5,999 |  Reviews: 2,053
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

Photo of yaron73
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ale_addin
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bajengurkan
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bobbca8
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soccrgump
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/11/15
A: Light copper color; 1 finger off-white head, dissipated rather quickly
S: Immediate lager smell, coppery/burnt caramel
T: follows smell, malty crispness, slight hop presents

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Photo of csmrx7
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bhunter0812
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ICTguy21
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cacophonyofroaring
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itsZachShaw
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Celtics76
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopdini
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's something about those open air fermenters.. unique delicious brew.

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Photo of ThePold
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed one of the first real beers I ever had. What can one say except thank you Fritz Maytag for making this. This is a classic beverage whose flavor sits alongside Sam Adams lager as the founding tastes of modern American beer.

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Photo of Khaack
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with thick golden head, excellent retention.
Smell - malts, rice, bread, earthy hops.
Taste - follows the smell with pleasant and distinct bitter finish.
Light body, decent carbonation, true california and true common one.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Pours a crystal clear, reddish brown color with a thick, off-white head about two fingers thick. Smells of caramels, malt, and a hint of hops. Taste is bready, a little bit of fruit, a hint of hop bitterness to it. Flavor lingers after the finish, medium-light body, goes down very easy. Quite refreshing.

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

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

This beer looks awesome on the shelf, the label and bottle shape are cool. It's also nice to try a historic West Coast US brew.

Nice amber colour with medium carbonation. Thin bubbly head is present on pouring but not for long.

You get malt on the nose with a touch of burnt caramel.

Burnt malt flavours are present, with caramel and a touch of fruitiness.

Top quality brew, no wonder it has been around for so long.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 5,999 ratings
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