Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,961 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:
5,961
Reviews:
2,042
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
1,249
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 5,961 |  Reviews: 2,042
Photo of kaunshelly
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alas, the legendary Anchor Steam Beer is available in New Brunswick!

A- Pours a clear Coppery Amber colour topped by a fluffy white 2 finger head.

S- Bread, sweet malt, and a bit of a rum-like overtone.

T- dry grain, sweet malt, and a slight bitter finish. Well balanced yet enough hop bite to keep things interesting.

M- Medium Body and moderate carbonation.

O- Top notch beer that provides a great flavour and drinkability. Nothing complex here, just a rock-solid brew.

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Photo of WhiteKazel
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad lager. Flavor is a tad bitter, but not like an IPA. Color is a light amber, next to no head at all, so no foam to drink through. An ok beer, not bad, but not great. Had in a 20oz pilsner glass.

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Photo of ronjohn
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced malt, caramel, hops. Somewhat rare for me to enjoy a beer like this w/ lower carbonation and served a little warmer than usual. I've drank this delight for years and I'm always a little disappointed not to find it on tap... If you like Sam Adams Boston Lager, you'll probably love this.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hanglow
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Papagoose
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noooddle
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklmcgrew
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear golden/copper color, with minimal head and lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Not much aroma. A little bread and some malt.

T: Well balanced malt and grain flavors, with some sweet and some bitterness, but didn't notice much of a hop presence.

F: Feels light and crisp, and a little astringent at the end.

O: I really like this as a good alternative to more aggressive IPAs. It has a unique flavor, and goes down easy. At 4.9% ABV it makes for a good summer BBQ beer.

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

Look: light clear Amber.
Smell: not a lot going on but pleasant enough. Some malt and a bit of hops.
Taste: much like the nose. A pleasant well made brew, nothing fancy.

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

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malt_Man
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 355ml bottle into nonic shape American pint glass.

L) Deep amber colour to copper. Clear. Lots of bubbles. Fluffy head has definite yellow tinge.

S) Dry malty smell, hints of fruitiness. Definite sweetness in there.

T) Dry, slightly bitter taste, malt is there but the hops bitterness is more prevalent than I remember from having this previously.

F) Easy drinking with mild carbonation and a pleasant slight bitterness on the aftertaste, nothing overwhelming.

O) Tasty Vienna-type lager.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John1985
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thoglund
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tschnab
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lumi
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandonmcneely
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobtaylor0414
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubishark
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco. This seems like a good everyday kinda lager that I'd drink if I lived in the bay area. Sort of a clear amber look to it, a crisp aroma to it, with malts and some light hops. Tastes similarly crisp, with nutty and caramel notes and more bitterness to it than I expected. Feel was pretty carbonated, with probably contributed to the crispness I was getting. Overall this beer went great with the Dungeness crab I was eating. Would drink again if I'm ever back in San Francisco.

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Photo of Malacant
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Beric
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Served: 23 June 2016

Appearance: Had this one straight from the bottle since I couldn't get a glass without looking like a douche. Nonetheless, I really admire Anchor's classic branding, unique bottle shape, and good bottle cap design. Love these little California stubbies.

Smell: Soft, somewhat sweet malt notes. Standard sort of 'beery' smell. Some perceptible herbal and peppery hoppiness.

Taste: Really smooth and pleasant, especially on a hot summer day after working in the yard for 10 hours. Definitely more bitter than many other craft lagers, which was great to see. Nice herbal hop flavors without being hoppy, really. A well balanced flavor that is definitely more on the lager side of things than the ale side (there's some of that bready crispness).

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-low body, and high carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall: Perhaps one of the best summer beers out there and one that I'll certainly be adding to my rotation. Definitely recommended, especially for cookouts, BBQs, and outdoor summer meet ups. Will re-review this one when I'm able to pour it.

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Photo of Kevent
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,961 ratings.
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