Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
Very Good
6,038 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:
#10,457
Reviews:
2,061
Ratings:
6,038
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,294
Trade:
1
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Photo of crookedhalo
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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Photo of yelterdow
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.

Smell- Soft, slightly metallic hops and an old-fashioned malt nose... I can't really describe it any other way... this smells like 100 years of brewing history and integrity. Raw grains and pure ingredients abound... I've never taken a whiff of the inside of a brewing vessel, but this would be my take on it. As the beer comes to temperature, a bread-in-the-oven scent fills the nostrils.

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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Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden red in color. there wasn't much of a head. I didn't notice much a smell to this beer, it may have been just that it was in a resturant and there was a lot food smells around, but this beer didn't have a very distinctive smell to it. The taste was a pleasant surprise after taking a whiff and not noticing much. it was well balanced with caramel malts and hops. I noticed it was also very spicey, i noticed cinnamon and other baking spices, kind of like pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Its mouthfeel was surprisingly thin , but not badoverall a real nice beer, good flavor. got tastier as it warmed up.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of xacidx
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of caramel malt and a bit of hops. Pretty strong smell.

Taste has a fair amount of sweet caramel malt at first with a small note of toasted grain there as well in the background. At the backend, there's a small bitterness that rounds the beer out but doesn't come close to the maltiness. I seem to remember this as a more hoppy beer than this, but as it is it seemed more like an EPA than anything to be quite honest. Interesting. I'll have to have it again sometime.

Tasty, though. Very easy to put down.

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Photo of BeccaH
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark golden amber head with a generous head. Smell is sweet citrus malt with hop aroma. Taste is grainy, slight grapefruit bitter, good balance with malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium light with a good amount of carbonation. A good brew, but for me the hops get in the way of making it a good session.

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Photo of keithmurray
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of crewfan1952
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerluvr
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an ivory colored head settling over clear deep amber liquid with ample carbonation. The nose is fresh sweet maltiness tempered with flowery hoppiness. Taste is crisp with sweet crystal malt-like notes, bready/biscuity flavors and a clean slightly minty hoppiness rounds out things. Finishes on a bitter and fruity note, very distinctive & very drinkable!

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cook82
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of becktone
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Anchor Steam pours a rich orange color. It is crystal clear and has an off white billowy head. Carbonation is visible, therefore bringing a lifelike appearance to the beer. First began with a two finger head, now down to about a finger and a half, somewhat good retention. The beer exhibits farily good lacing characteristics.

The nose of this beer is of strong sweet malts. Reminds me somewhat of candy,(however, not belgian candi sugar). Don't detect any hops in the aroma of this beer. The sweet malt smell is too upfront and in the face, I can't take much of it before I have to move the glass away from my nose, I think that it could be toned down a bit.

When it first hits the tongue bitterness if very evident, whether it was from hops or roasted grain I couldn't tell on the first taste, but it is very evident, right up there in the front car on a big rollercoaster. This beer is a big malt beer. While it is in balance between bitter and sweet, the main flavor profile is composed of sweet malts. Not much hop flavor in this brew. A little bit might be nice. Big on a darker caramel flavor.

The carbonation of this beer is forefront. It is highly carbonated. The carbonation can be felt up to the point where one swallows the beer. I'm not a big fan of that, seems to be a little too much if you ask me. This is a beer that I'll drink again, but I don't know how soon I'll be in the mood to drink this beer again. It is something unique, however, there are many unique beers that I have had that I might prefer over this one. It just doesn't seem to hit the spot, or any spot like a good beer (in my opinion) should.

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Photo of neckbeered
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of klewis
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6MG

A: Pours a caramel color with a big bubbly head with good sustain.

S: Neutral hop aroma with a slight vegetal smell.

T: Sweet with buttery malt flavors and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D: Nice for a session beer, but in the grand scheme of things, this is pretty average.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, amber/copper color. Bubbly head.

S: Somewhat earthy, slightly sweet.

T: Complex flavors. Some hop bitterness at first, then a creamy toasty malt flavor. Dry and somewhat citrusy at the finish.

M: Creamy, tight carbonation. A bit dry.

D: A nice balance of flavors, complicated without being overwhelming. Very tasty.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,038 ratings
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