Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,973 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:
5,973
Reviews:
2,044
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
1,253
For Trade:
1
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Photo of hayesjw
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of billybob
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottoale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the funky shaped 22oz. brown bottle pours a deep, honey-amber, slightly hazy brew with a foamy inch+ of off-white head. After a couple minutes the head subsides leaving some nice lace on the glass.

Nice barley malt nose, kinda earthy and toast like with notes of yeast, wheat, faint tobacco and hops. The hops smell a bit grassy.

The taste is much like the smell with some black tea, more tobacco and a matallic twang in the finish. Pretty tasty stuff, not too sweet at all, very well balanced with a crisp, clean finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium body, good carbonation give a nice smooth, cream like mouthfeel, then a bitter dry ending as it disappears.

Very drinkable, worth a try.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/copper color with a rocky 1 finger white head. Minimal visible carbonation. Head is gone fairly quick and doesnt leave anything on the sides of the glass.

S: Real sweet malts with toasty qualities. Hops are real faint in the background. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Unique taste thats quite enjoyable. Great toasty bread taste, sweet with a light carmel. Hops say hello at the end up are taken over by the roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Goes down smooth and keeps you wanting more.

Overall a real good session beer. Really enjoy the taste of this brew and its sessionable qualities. Will certainly continue to buy.

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Photo of ccozzi
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of beveritt
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has a stamp, 6Y1, whatever that means.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown, clear with a slight hint of orange/red. Nice one inch creamy head that falls to just a coating.

Smell: Sweet, with hints of the the grassy smell you get from a macro lager. Almost a carbon/charcoal odor.

Taste: A pretty good bite up front from the carbonation. A little malt, not much, then some of the grassy hops, finally followed by a decent level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average level of carbonation. Good, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking brew. Have to admit, the grassy flavor reminds me too much of some macros or a can of Boddington's. Not a huge fan, but it is the epitome of the style.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good-looking amber body with nice carbonation and finely laced 2 inches head, medium-lasting. Piny hops aroma with notes of perfumey caramel. Nice malt development in mouth, good balance. I like it more with every sips. It remains very light though with resin hoppy profile bringing a light bitterness. Well done and indeed got the lager light and refreshing smooth body which I liked.

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Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Anatole
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ericj551
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam pours a bright copper with a nice but small white head. The aroma is light and slightly caramel malt, with a slight, fruity tinge. The flavor is nicely malty without being too sweet. There is a nice, bready, buscuity malt character. More caramel, and some slightly dark, raisiny fruitiness are balanced by a mild hop bitterness. Some mild herbal hops pop through in the finish. There is an odd, slightly sour, estery flavor in the finish.

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Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of EBeckett3
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of carmike813
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Superb appearance with a three finger off-white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Clear amber body. Attractive looking brew.

Smells a little like a pale ale to me with a little bit of hops, a little citrus, but some light yeast aroma as well. Inviting aroma.

Light hops in the flavor. A little citrus, a small touch of sweet malt, a little bready yeast. A slightly bitter finish works for me.

Very well put together. It's different and I like it.

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Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Metallic copper in color with a quickly dissapating head. Smell in the bottle is kind of corny. Taste is very lager like with a little more carbonation. More malty than a lager, good carbonation and good tart finish. As a "common" beer it is very good. This is a good sessioner. Goes great with a steak. A good standby beer to keep on hand for your friends. Not exotic but different and more uncommon than common.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent hazy dark orange look. Shows a nice head that takes its time going away. The light seems to hit it juuust right. No lace.

Gives off a well-balanced pub ale smell. Has a great combination of the dry English malt and some flowery hops. Also has that trademarked smoky (steamy) aroma, like a BBQed beer.

The flavor is of a terrifically balanced pub ale taste, matching the parallel smells listed above. It does have an additional roasted malt, and more of that smokyness. Biscuity but has a *tiny* bitter finish.

It's slightly thick-feeling but smooth. No bite whatsoever, and thicker than you would think. It's a substantial ale but with a flowery -- and smoky -- depth. Very very good.

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Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,973 ratings.
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