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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6,098 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:
#12,324
Reviews:
2,082
Ratings:
6,098
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Ratings: 6,098 |  Reviews: 2,082
Photo of eluvah
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Draft into a tall Pilsner glass.

Pour: rich golden color with some amber tones. Nice 1-2 finger head that dissipates to a slight ring. No lacing to speak of.

Nose: some malt sweetness but fairly benign.

Taste: caramel, bready malt. Followed by some hop bitterness. Clean, crisp, refreshing.

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation that pleasantly stings the tongue. More substance than most lagers, but still very crisp almost like a Pilsner.

Overall: like everyone says: it’s a classic that stillbrates well. Drinkable anytime and with nearly any food. Refreshing but not watery. Full bodied but not heavy.

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Photo of mblack62
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a clear amber with an amber two-finger head that lingers and laces the glass nicely. Roasty, malty taste, with a perfect slight bitterness and crispness on the finish. To the nose roasted malts and a little fruity yeast. Overall, an excellent (nearly perfect!) example of this style and an easy-drinking year-round go-to beer. Highly sessionable. I can't imagine any true beer lover not really liking this beer! If I ever get to San Francisco, touring this brewery will be very high on my list of things to do.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pejohnson46
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So subtle, the mix of lager smoothness and ale fruit essence imparted by the yeast is exceptional. Great head retention, beautiful amber color, I could drink this all summer long

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Photo of Oleg85
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've really got nothing to compare this to (in terms of the style), so here it goes.

Pours amber with a thick foamy white head. Lots of carbonation springing from the bottom of the glass
Aroma is: lager yeast/wet wood/some corn/toast/butter
Taste is: estery/toast
Feel: medium bodied - high carbonation - some slight astringency on the finish lends to a slight crisp bite
Overall: For my first judged steam beer, I liked it, and would certainly have again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

**
04/24/2018

Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Maize color, clear, medium white head.
AROMA: rice, barley, mild hops. solid old fashioned beer smell.
TASTE: mostly malty cereal, with touches of mild fruit (apple?), wood, hay.
FEEL: light bodied, good carbonation.

A quality classic brew that has lasted through the decades; just falls a hint beneath current expectations.

**

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

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

Photo of hman43
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours amber with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smel: It has aromas of toast and low caramel. It has a bit of mintiness in the background.

Taste: The flavors are fairly balanced between the caramel, mint, and toast. It has moderate bitterness.

Feel: It has a moderate body.

Overall, there is a good balance between toast, caramel, and mint.

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Photo of Half-full
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drkiwibird
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brp94
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cruzmissile72
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer in a different style. I drank it on the warm side and found it to be quite good.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty, caramel, yeasty aroma. Taste was similar but much more hop bitterness than expected and the bitterness lingered a bit. Overall an interesting beer that I've always enjoyed every now and then

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

Photo of ShaunSolo
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eppie82
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,098 ratings