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:
#9,496
Reviews:
2,053
Ratings:
5,999
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,269
Trade:
1
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker than anticipated and cloudy. Minimum head and certainly full bodied but somewhat bitter with an after taste that will not leave you alone..in a very positive way...Not a good brew for dinning as to its weight...but certainly a session beer...

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bottle an amber-copper color with a big off-white head head. A pleasant aroma consisting of fruity, caramel, malt character with a slight whiff of hops. The bitterness of the attacks the palate quickly but then retreats allowing the malt to come through with caramel, fruit and a bit of sugar. The beer leaves the palate dry with lingering bitterness. This is a good classic beer. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in both look and taste. Sweet and bready in both smell and flavor. Very simple and clean.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick beige head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Some pine hops and caramel malt in the nose.

T- Echoing the nose with a light hoppy bitterness and easy sweet malt finish. Balanced and soft with just enough flavor.

M- Light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Easy drinking with a nice balanced flavor.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color, But wasn't poured into a good glass so not a whole lot else I can describe as far as appearance goes, I'm afraid. Nice looking bottle, though.

Tasted this with a cold, so I can't really comment on the smell, I haven't been able to smell much of anything the last few days...

Hops and molasses flavors come through strongest, but there's something else there that I haven't been able to place. It seems like every reviewer is calling it something different, but there's something interesting going on here...

Mouthfeel and drinkability are average, nothing particularly notable. Interesting beer, worth a tasting for sure.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with an adequate light beige colored head. Malty, earthy and grassy in the aroma, a slight bit diacetyl and further mineral-like qualities in in the water content. Slightly malty sweet, yet astringent from the malt and backed with a further dulled astringency from the hops. A bit fruity in the whole hop/malt balance, but if you know the brewing history behind a "Steam" (trademarked) or California Common beer, you'll understand why this beer had pushed the envelope at one time when it came to small-batch brewing. It since had become a U.S. classic, and rightly so. It is very crisp and enjoyable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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What a beautiful thing. A real treat for any beer lover. I'm gonna try cooking with it.

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness code: 8JC. Served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic.

Appearance- An absolutely stunning beer on the eyes. Even on an easy pour, this one billows from its deep orange base and showcases as beautiful and wondrous of a head as Saison DuPont or even the greatest of Belgian Tripels. More than four fingers of soft, foamy suds adorn the glass, leaving behind sheets of sticky IPA-like lacing. Excellence in appearance.

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Taste- First and foremost, the taste is grainy and clean, not complex but very distinctive. A husky, raw, earthy character is quite present, stripping this beer down to the core. Unique and like nothing I've tasted before.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth and easy, this is an effortless beer from the lips to the gullet. Its raw character, leaning more on the grains and malts than hops, positions this as a stellar food beer that would pair well with steak, chicken, or even vegetarian dishes.

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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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