Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,945 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 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a beautiful, clear, light golden amber colour... the colour of liquid honey. It pours to create a 2 finger width off-white, foamy, fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Leaves a slight foamy lace.

S: slightly metallic, citrusy, hints of grapefruit.

T: Has an amazing taste... at first buttery, honey, fresh grapefruits and oranges, gingerbread. The best way to put it would be that this beer takes a taste intermission, because it takes a break before a mild hop flavour arrives at the end on the back palate.

M: Mouthfeel is really smooth, creamy, light bodied, with nice carbonation on the tip of the tongue. It dissipates evenly across the entire palate. Fills the whole mouth. Easy drinking beer.

O: Really pleasant, clean, quality beer. It's good for the summertime! Love the way it has two distinct taste intervals!

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12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - One finger head with very little lacing. The head was dense and the liquid was an amber brown.

S - Faint citrusy smell with a touch of butter.

T - Ripe citrus taste was balanced well with rich hops and left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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O - Easy drinker that still satisfies the palate.

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Code 2YU, which I think means bottled 21 May 2012. Tasted 7 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear medium orange amber, bright and glossy-colored. Two fingers of yellowish head, dense and pillowy. It forms pocks and craters, gradually relaxing to a thick layer of foam. Nice lacing, too.

Smells like a malty lager, alright, with very buttery, lightly toasted malts. Biscuits with butter, that's what I smell.

Taste is, hmm, dully refreshing. There's just not much to it. Those biscuity malts are present here, but less rich, and emptier in a way. Drifts into a mildly bitter finish that's only tolerable for me. Meh.

Mouthfeel is fine. Light-medium body, plenty of carbonation, and a long-lasting, fairly dry finish.

My first foray into the style, so I'm not sure if I'm undervaluing it. But I'm not particularly impressed. It's not especially tasty, or refreshing, or anything, really.

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Side note: as this one warms, you can really get a sense of the grain in there.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,945 ratings.
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