Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
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6,145 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:
#17,259
Reviews:
2,090
Ratings:
6,145
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
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245
Gots:
1,356
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Photo of bankboy66
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelGennings
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a thick off-white head that is quite creamy looking. The beer itself is amber coloured with lots of small ascending bubbles.
Not much is going on in terms of smell, but overall it’s clean and inviting. The taste is toasted malt, some hop bitterness, and a slight sweetness. The beer is light to medium bodied and the finish is dry and refreshing. I quite enjoyed this beer. In some respects it reminds me of Sam Adams’ Boston Lager.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rockhead
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color with a one inch slightly off white head that is very well retained but leaves almost no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, light hop presence and bread. Tastes of lightly toasted bready malts, caramel, slightly bitter hop bite and an earthy presence. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TeeCee
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ncdevildog97
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TossKing7
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Just a great all year beer for the desert southwest.Cant go wrong with this one!

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Photo of Mustela_Man
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pohr10
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a clear amber with a very nice foamy head that slowly dissipates. Smells a little of sweet caramel, bread, some overripe fruit, some toasty quality. What strikes me first is the combination of creaminess with medium carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. Taste is of some caramel malts and pilsener type malts with mild hopping, kind of balanced, with an easy balanced finish.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew-Mullins
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mehak
2.29/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of peterpunk15
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JFord96
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass Anchor Steam beer is a remarkably beautiful beer, Such clarity and with around a half inch of head that dissipates rather slowly. On the nose, I can detect some roasted malt character and a crisp, if rather neutral hop aroma. The roastyness comes through in the taste, in fact, it reminds me somewhat of a dunkel except fuller bodied(which is to say, I'd consider this beer medium bodied), with a good amount of carbonation, enough you can feel it but less than, IMO, a pilsner or something equally highly carbonated. This is followed by a crisp but short hop finish. Overall, I thought this was a good craft lager with a heavier body than found in most Lagers, which I like in this beer.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a good all around, balanced, easy drinking beer. The taste somewhat reminds me of some pilsners I've had, just a little bit. Good for summertime outdoor activities like barbecuing. Got this one in an Anchor variety pack, I thought I reviewed this one before but I guess not.

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigdog3838
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonnydesert
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerfam205
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,145 ratings