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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
6,018 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:
#10,072
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,018
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,283
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 6,018 |  Reviews: 2,057
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

Photo of Boo-urns
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Edie
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of redsoxjim
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Nihlas
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,018 ratings
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