Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,944 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:
5,944
Reviews:
2,038
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
1,243
For Trade:
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Ratings: 5,944 |  Reviews: 2,038
Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep gold with excellent clarity. The creamy, low off-white head has a very decent retention period.

S: Moderate citrus hops aroma, mainly lemony and a peach and orange-like ester are prominent in the aroma. There is a light biscuty and toasted malt aroma i the background.

T: the flavor is dominated by a moderate hop bitterness and a citrus hops flavor which is again mainly lemon like. There is a decent support from a biscuit and toasty malt flavor with the balance being moderately toward the bitter side. The cirtus hops flavor and bitterness linger a little past the dry finish.

M: moderately-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a light astringency.

O: A crisp and refreshing, somewhat hoppy beer with a nice bit of fruity ester complexity.

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Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Appearance: Amber, decent head, good lacing.

Smell: Grains and yeast.

Taste: Mild. Malts and a hint of spice. Salty and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Slight salty aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. I know it’s highly regarded by many, but it’s a bit too mild for my taste. I did enjoy it, but not enough to go looking for it.

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Photo of Skillz
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tmm313
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright transparent amber with 1/2 finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: Was not expecting this in the least. Pear, apple, caramel, slight citrus hops and sweet spiciness. Just a touch of booze. It reminds me of a sweet white wine.

Taste: Bready with slight caramel malt. Finish is a rush of sweet pear, apple juice, piney hops, and soft pepper.

Mouthfeel: Super light and refreshing with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with bready, fruity and peppery aftertaste.

Overall: This one caught me completely off guard. I was expecting a lager and got something more similar to a fruit beer. And a pretty good one, too. Hot summer days beg for this beer.

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Photo of beerme626
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber accented with gold. Clear body with little head. In fact that the clarity seems quite conspicuous, almost as if there is an absence of something as in a Kristalweizen.

S - Sweet malts, concentrated apple juice, a little fresh-lager hoppiness. Apricot jam and honey. The notes definitely develops as this beer sits and warms.

T - The taste is well-balanced; malt and hop play together nicely, but the experience is a little tame and I get none of the fruit from the nose.

M - Mouthfeel feels about right as well. Not overly or underly carbonated. Neither cloyingly thick nor feebly thin.

O - This is an okay beer, but I have no idea when I would drink this beer were I to have again. It is quite refreshing but there are certainly more refreshing beers around. It’s sessionable but I’d rather session a beer with stronger fruit, nut or malt profiles. It’s not particularly hoppy which is fine by me as I don’t enjoy the hops but if I did like hops I’d choose an IPA. It’s relatively inexpensive but if I really want to get after it there are cheaper beers with higher abv’s. It doesn’t taste bad, but if I want a tasty beer I’m going to have some variety of porter, stout, Belgian or sour. It is well-balanced which in this instance is somewhat of an inadmirable virtue as it renders a neutral beer which fails to offer a definitive characteristic required to compel purchase. There are various reasons why I buy beer, but there is not a situation I can think of where another beer would not better compliment that reason.

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Photo of kraticus41
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeccaH
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of mkennedy119
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tharper178
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of Kyle's bounty given to me.

Pours a near amber color with some foam upon pouring. A ring of bubbles exists throughout with some bubbles sticking to the glass to form lacing.

The smell is odd, butter, green grapes, and apple provide an almost champagne like smell.

I would say that this is better tasting than what I was expecting. There is a firm maltiness to it with subtle hops. The balance is nice with a very clean aftertaste.

Light to medium in the mouth, as I mentioned above, the aftertaste is clean. A small bit of bitterness adds some zing to the aftertaste.

I would describe this as a very drinkable beer which is session worthy. A tasty brew this is...

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a dark copper color with two fingers of head that stay along for the ride. There is some lacing left on the glass. The smell is grassy, piney, and malty. A very nice aroma that fills the nostrils. The taste starts out with a light bit of sweet malt and caramel. The taste ends grassy and a little hoppy. A very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is just a little light, not too bad. The drinkability is very nice, as this isn't even 5% abv. Too bad others don't make this style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Pours a nice clear orange amber color with a finger of moderately evaporating ecru head. The aroma is of lime citrus as well as more of a corn syrupy smell along side of the general malty properties that are seen. The taste is both nice and rich in malt character. It is however quite abrasive in regards to the flavor. There is a lemon rind citrus flavor that provides both bitter and astringent properties to the flavor that I don't much care for. The mouthfeel is good as well as the beer is fairly good to drink once you are able to get past the astringent citrus. It's an interesting style. Not probably one of my favorites, but you can't argue with the inventors of the style so it's not all that bad.

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

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a beautiful foamy head.

Smell: A toasty smell with an almost buttery hint about it. Slight spicy hoppiness about it. Very pleasing aroma, but might take a couple tries to sense it well.

Taste: A toasty flavor and a buttery finish- expected from the smell. A nice hop bitterness about it that balances things out very well.

Mouthfeel: Good body, not too thick or thin. Carbonation is hard to detect right off, but it is definitely not flat.

Drinkability: If I was told that this is the only beer I would be allowed to drink for the rest of my life, I think I would be ok with that.

This is a beer I had been looking for for a while now and I happened to stumble upon it at a Kroger in Roanoke, VA. I picked it up and it was better than I expected- without a doubt one of my favorite brews. This could be enjoyed by both beer geeks and newbies alike.

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Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, poured into tall tulip.

A: Didn’t look overly lively, golden, small head, poor retention, barely any lacing, slightly hazy.

S: Very malty, also had some Saaz style floral aroma.

T: Bitter Malts and charcoal.

M: Sticky texture, minimal carbonation, coarse edge from the bitterness.

O: A bit like a Franconian Kellerbier, not bad but not great either.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed deep amber color which turns to be clear thereafter, it tops up with rich creamy off-white head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving lacing wave all around.

So aromatic malty goodness ranging from toasted bread, biscuit, toffee, nutty, maybe a bit buttery, grain, as well as floral, earthy, and lightly citrus hop.

Leading by caramelized sweet malt, then grain and charred nuttiness as well as toasted bread, biscuit, and toffee bring towards the richness and dry up the palate. Citrus comes up from the hop and finish with earthy hop bitterness. Some residual sweetness together with some bitterness is lingering in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body with good lively crisp and very refreshing feel, it is quite smooth through the mouthfeel with a dry and pleasant finish.

Solid malty brew with its prominent notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, and toasted bread.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer received from liamt07 in september 2010. Cheers!

Color is copper, clear. Slightly effervescent. Nice foamy head on top. Looks creamy. Aroma is malty with a light touch of hops in the background. First sip, I get my first impression which is smooth. Light fruits with some malts in there too. The bitterness is light, however it lingers in the mouth even though it is not very strong.

Medium body. A nice session beer. Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,944 ratings.
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