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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle/freshness date.

L: Clear Copper. Off-white finger head.

S: Bubblegum, Malts.

T: Lemon, grainy malt, astringency.

F: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer but hard to deny the uniqueness of this brew, it is truly one of a kind and that makes it awesome. Give it a try.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whiskey_slurpee
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jg24rules
4.89/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tottel
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer brewed by Anchor Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This California Common pours out deep golden amber color with a slight off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. I really like the look of this brew. The smell of
Anchor Steam Beer, rich and Bold with grains and malts. There is also a mild bitterness of hops in the smell of this brew. There is alot going on in this brew so far. Now for the taste, it is Rich , And Bold with Flavors. You pick up on some nice grassy grains and malts, and a mild bitterness of hops. Really well balanced brew here. The body of this brew is really nice and heavy, not saying that is a bad thing. I like how smooth this brew goes down for how heavy it is. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Anchor Steam Beer is Bold, Heavy, Rich, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Anchor Steam Beer a 4.50 out of 5 . I would definitely look this brew up again. This is a fine drinking brew. If you are looking for something to change it up look this brew up. Anchor Brewing Company did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: super-clear amber color with a little bit of a burnt caramel color. 1.5 finger tan head with some small bubbles on top. that fades to a thick film on top

s: smell is crisp sweet malt, also this has that distinct lager aroma that we all know. there is also a big bready/dry crackery aroma. finish has just a little bit of a nutty note

t: taste is just and clean and crisp as the aroma. light caramel, huge bready dough flavor in here as well. there is a faint touch of herbal bitterness on the backend to give this a nice crispness. very clean and crisp beer, finish is very smooth as well

m: lighter side of medium on the mouth, with a carbonation level that is quite substantial

o: for me this is a good example of a beer that is simple, yet effective. i believe the way this is brewed give this a flavor thats worth trying. this is smooth and easy to drink, something you can enjoy all year round no problem

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Photo of Gardendk
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Crisp amber. White head that disappeared quickly

S: Bread. Nutts. Simply but clear smell

T: Mild. Follows the smell. Some bitterness in the end. Very well balanced

M: Crispy. Mild carbonation. Easy to drink but not watery

O: I keep coming back to this beer. Solid and never lets me down. Feel of quality and very well balanced. A good beer for practically every moment.

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bawls909
2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I hate to be like this.... but the only beer they make that I enjoyed was the Liberty Ale. Everything else had little to no flavor.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jermichael
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A translucent amber with bubbles rising from the base and lots of white head. Hops give a mild, bitter seedy flavor. Malts are smooth and have a bit of a scotch flavor that sticks in the aftertaste. There is a metallic, copper dimension to the flavor as well. Overall, a solid and distinct, yet drinkable beer.

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Photo of nullbort
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A top tier beer I'll never forget. Truly among the finest that I've ever indulged. Smooth, rich, creamy, aromatic, ethereal are just words to describe the joy of Anchor Steam. Even the design of the bottle is captivating. 5/5

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Photo of MaltTeaseFalcon
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Caveworm
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and tawny, with webbed lacing, and a slightly murky brownish copper body.

I smell plenty of bread, or dare I say sourdough, malts alongside a slightly apple-y and copper scent near the end. Which I'll assume is accredited to the historical use of copper pipes at this brewery.

Tastes like pretty much the same components. Nothing bad, yet nothing outstanding either. Kinda just "meh".

The mouthfeel is medium light with mild carbonation. A clean and refreshing finish that I could see myself appreciating a lot more in the summer months.

Overall,I'll choose to rate Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company with a 4.25. I'm glad that I grew up drinking hard well water, otherwise I might have despised this beer. The copper taste is actually complimentary to the malts used here, IMO. Even if this might not be anyone's "whale", still grab this if available to learn some history and experience a part of bygone culture.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

Instant crave factor. Light but memorable.

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Photo of jw4free
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,001 ratings
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