Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
Very Good
6,062 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:
#11,408
Reviews:
2,069
Ratings:
6,062
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review here... just wanted to start writing thoughts down, call it a public beer journal, if you will.

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If I were to one day become a rich man, this west-coast brew would be a fine one to stock up on and leave around for myself and others to enjoy at leisure. It has a strong mouth feel and depth of flavor coming in at a decent 4.9%. Crisp, refreshing, dependably solid... and enjoyable - always feels like I want to have another one!

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

There is only one way to drink this beer. It is when you are young, jobless and in a true bar on Geary near Union Square. And the beer somehow makes you forget your resume is third rate, you have no connections in this sweet town, your cash is gonna run out in about 10 days and those suits in the hotel closet only make you look like a fool. This beer tastes perfect right then...33 years ago and 3,000 miles from a friend. Perfect. Anchor on Geary. I bet that bar is long gone, not the style for the jackasses who have ruined that city. That's what this beer is...

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. '7SE' is marked on bottle label.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Off white head settles to scattered islands/ring. Scattered spots and medium webs of lacing.
More delicate aroma of light malt, caramel, some dried fruit, floral/woody hops.
Lighter taste of light malt, caramel, dark dried fruit of raisin/prune. Floral hops really fill out the taste profile.
Appropriate medium mouth feel for the aroma/taste profiles.
Classic, solid approach to an American craft beer. A real departure from American lagers from years past, and still a treat to the present.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,062 ratings