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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 6,021 |  Reviews: 2,058
Photo of bshefftz
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty. The taste is hoppy, malty, kinda yeasty. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear orange color and you can see the carbonation that leads to the thin white head. Lots of bready notes in the nose. Yeast, malts, bread, is all I get on the nose. The taste is similar to the aroma, maybe with a little sweetness at the beginning, a nice crispness, and a slight bitterness at the end. The beer has a refreshing quality to it, crisp as well as a nice feel of carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've heard about this beer for years now and never picked it up. I finally decided to do just that a couple days ago and I'm really excited to finally review this guy.

This beer pours a deep copper color that is clear and features light carbonation. The head is thick, frothy, white and dissipates quickly to a rocky layer with a neck. 4/5 The aroma is quite strong with both toasted and caramelized malt, providing a bit of a burnt note while also being quite sweet. There are some grassy and herbal hops that come through and a bit of Grape Nuts as the beer warms. It comes across as very similar to a Sam Adams/Vienna Lager. 4/5 The caramel and burnt sugar lead off a fairly strong flavor profile that is a bit more sweet than bitter, but overall very well balanced. The same grassy and herbal hops return here and are joined by a bit of an earthy note. Bitterness is moderate and lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 4/5 This beer is moderately drying with a light carb tickle/prickliness with the dryness lingering after swallowing for a good while. I would characterize the body as being light-medium in nature. 3.75/5 This is a really enjoyable beer to drink. It is light while retaining a very good amount of flavor. The low abv helps it to be very sessionable. More than anything I wish that I would have discovered this beer earlier. 4/5

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is clear amber, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of baked bread, caramel, plum, raisin, apple, and some spices. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Foamy and easy drinking.

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Photo of eberesford
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper body topped by off white stable head that leaves little or no lacing.

Pleasant malt aroma with some soft fruit and yeasty/ bready notes

Medium body with flavours of caramel, bread, slightly metallic end from the hop bitterness. Nothing jumps out unexpectedly in this well balanced beer.


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Photo of MoohMooh
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty amber body, two finger head. No lacing.

Smells of apple, caramel and bread. A kind of hay fragrance as well. Butter, grain. Kinda metallic.

Tastes of apple, bread, caramel. Some pepper. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet. Very grassy. Some kind of lemon taste as well.

Medium body and carbonation.

You know what? It may just be because I'm drinking this on a beautiful spring afternoon, but this beer made me feel really, really great. I'm so pumped right now! Great stuff, go try it, yadda yadda yadda.

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

Photo of omahawk
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a well-made, brilliantly simple beer. No bells and whistles, just quality. Pours a clear, deep copper. Lacing and decent head. Great malty, slightly toasty and bready backbone supported by a firm bitterness and earthy hop character. This beer is as drinkable now as it was 20 years ago. A classic worth always having around.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle

appearance: clear orange with lively carbonation and a weak one finger head that dissapeared really fast.

smell: caramel malts and nothing else. Found this very similar to some belgian beers despitethe fact that is brewed with lager yeast. Nice aroma.

taste: pretty much the same as the aroma, with a nice bitterness bite in the end of the sip.

mouthfeel: a bit watery and soft. Slight bitter aftertaste.

overall: nice brew, although not one I'd choose as a session beer.

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Photo of BeersOnMeAlways
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of puck1225
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from the 1980's! Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. A clear golden Amber color with a nice beige head and great lacing. A malty nose with earthiness. Slightly sweet taste with a bit of banana and bread. Blast from the past and great fun!

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Photo of Leoherrmann9
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bum4ever
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stebbi7833
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor Steam Beer, 4.9% ABV. Pours a nice brown with a one finger white head that left some foamy lacing. Nose is sweetness, bread, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is bready, with a slight bitter close. Good mouthfeel and overall excellent.

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Photo of Timc32
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shreha
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
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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Photo of SGR1220
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,021 ratings
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