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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
6,019 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:
#10,087
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,019
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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236
Gots:
1,283
Trade:
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Photo of sleazo
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't gotten around to reviewing this so I figured I would see if I could uncover anythign else here.

A-Pours a clear brown with a steady stream of bubbles. Nice soapy foam head settles to a thin covering but the lacing is impressive. Sheets of lace cling to the sides of the mug.

S-Very bready with hints of caramel. The hops are lurking in the background, not enough to determine the kind.

T-The first impact of the taste is the sweetness from the malt. A sort of caramel flavour gives way to rich toasted bread and this is followed by a very nice bitterness from the hops. The hops make their presence very well known here at the end with their resiny slightly floral quality. Running throughout is certain mineral taste much like a good bottled water.

M-Very much American lager in body. It is slightly thin with a good carbonation and a slightly oily feel to it.

D-What more can I say, this is a true classic and one of the first beers that got me into the whole craft movement. This is a welcome summer beer on a humid evening.

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

25 cent single from Winter Haven ABC...not too shabby for a quarter!

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Photo of carmike813
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber – clear – massive head, as deep as the beer – fairly lively

Sweet and malty – some hop

Not too light, there are significant flavor levels present. Hops and malt with a little alcohol.

Foams up pretty well in the mouth – mild carbonation sting

Anchor Steam makes a no-nonsense American Lager (a Steam): a nice blend of sweet and bitter via the American hop infused malt core. It’s stronger than your average APA.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of udubdawg
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

pours a gorgeous amber/copper color, very bright and excellent clarity. The sizeable head fades fast (although I drank it nearly as fast) and leaves decent lacing, but this is one time I'm not looking for retention - this is all about quenching thirst.

Aroma is pleasant but can only be called light. toasted grain and mild sweetness. Meh...let's talk about taste!

There's a great light bitterness here, light fruity flavor, plenty of caramel malt, and a drying finish. (though I admittedly have mere seconds to experience the drying effect before filling my mouth with another "sip") I think there's a bit of salt flavor, as whenever I have this I'm reminded of deep sea fishing trips as a young man, sipping a beverage with a fine salt spray hitting my nose and on my lips.

Goes down smooth, with a body on the light side and appropriate carbonation. A fantastic thirst quencher, and extremely drinkable. Coming home from a quick trip to the grocery store in a scorching hot car on a 100+ degree day, I couldn't wait to crack this open, and it did the job. I'd drink a few more, but tomorrow will be hot again...

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Photo of comfortablynirm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Simon212
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MFMB
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of AuntBea
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottoale
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Boca-X
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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 beveritt
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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 wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of aufie
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rastacouere
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -9.1%

Photo of Anatole
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,019 ratings
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