Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,971 Ratings
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The world-famous Anchor Steam, let's give it a shot. Hopes are fairly high for a beer with such big staying power. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger cream-colored head with long retention, hills and valleys at the top with tiny bubbles. Auburn body with very high clarity. Sheets of thin lacing.

S- Caramel malts with a watery, muted smell.

T- Nothing like I've tasted before. Smoky, odd. Hard to describe.

M- Buttery and filling. Very nice feel.

O- Not world-class, but my entry-point into Steam beers. Not bad at all.

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Nice to give such an apparently seminal beer a go.

Pours a light orange with good head/lacing.

Smell is of nice clean malt. Zesty orange marmalade. A little green apple.

Taste is more of the same clean orangey marmalade malt characters. As it warms I get more of a hop bite.

Mouthfeel is fairly palate coating yet crisp and readily cleanses itself from the palate upon the swallow.

Solid beer, holds up well in spite of its "classic" (and potentially outdated) status.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,971 ratings.
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