Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
5,999 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:
#9,525
Reviews:
2,053
Ratings:
5,999
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,270
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 5,999 |  Reviews: 2,053
Photo of zeledonia
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Pokal glass. Single brewer tasting session on agt´12. (Enjoyed many times in the past). Amber/Copper color. Chill haze. Off-white froth creates a rocky crown. Quickly dissipated head leaves a thin layer on top. Caramel & toasted malt aromas with citric hoppy hues. Flavors of malts, light sweetness & caramel. Light to medium body. High carbonation. Hop bitterness in the middle is covered by toasted malts. Smooth palate. Dry finish with some sweet, grainy & slightly citric notes.

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Photo of LarryMyers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh the classics. Tangy kind of tone to this one. It doesn't push it to an obnoxious level, but it's almost a bit too much for my preferences really. Flavor delivery is smooth and consistent. Feel is smooth. A pretty easy drinker, but a bit too tangy for me personally. Still a good one though (of course).

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

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Photo of MacStinson
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of jacobbocce72
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Enoch
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Ballabas
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Porkchuck
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jandadeboer
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of jik18
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Chuck_25
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Arno
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Bright orange. Lovely sugary broken white foam with great lacing.

smell: I get dark honey / nectar. Sweet grains and malts. Surprisingly i'm not getting much hop smell from it.

taste: It has a grainy dark honey sugary base flavor with some bittering hops through it to balance it out. The hops mellow out during the finish, leaving the lovely sweet malts and nectar like texture.

mouthfeel: Brilliant. Nectar like velvet. Syrupy. Very smooth and round. With some medium carbonation to freshen it up.

overall: It's not a very complex beer, but it does everything right. It's somehow quite sugary in texture, yet the hops gives it a nice light bitter kick. It's just a joy to drink and not one to over think ;)

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Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Fairwin
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is no beer in the world like Anchor Steam, and any attempt at making another steam beer has fallen well short of the high mark Anchor has set with this one. The California Common style is not one that will have any sort of worldwide presence, and you see on the style page how big of a gap there is in total reviews between Anchor Steam and whatever the #2 is. Anchor Steam is so unique and so good, that the style is basically named after it.

It's got a nice grainy smell. A powerful hop bitterness up front that mellows out with excellent malts and a mild fruitiness. That's the simplest way of explaining it, but really you won't have any idea what to expect. It's a beer in a league of its own. Maybe it's not for everyone, but everyone needs to try it.

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Photo of leagr
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of IrishGerman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer leaves a decent lacing and is of a bright orange golden hue. Good carbonation. 4

Smell is quite light. Green apples, fresh bread, it does seem a bit restrained but draws you in. 3.5

Taste is slightly fruity with a good body of malt. Achieves a a nice balance with a bit of hoppy bitterness which resembles unripe green apples. On the finish it is slightly bready with a bit of yeasty character and a touch of sweetness. 4

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness from the carbonation. Quite full on the finish. Solid. 4

Quite a nice full drinking beer, which shows a good complexity and flavour.

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a dark brown plastic bottle at Citizen's Bank park in Philly.

Appearance: From previous experience. The beer is a clear amber color with a half finger of off white head that leaves a layer.

Smell: Mild and mild forward. Some dark fruit and mild caramel notes.

Taste: Less malt than in the smell but it is definitely still there. Some dark fruit notes with a bitterness in the finish. Quite light and refreshing in the heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of carbonation that's not too harsh. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is always a nice easy drinker. Not too complex, but quite good.

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

appearance - copper/dark amber colored, crystal clear

smell- nice smell of hops, with alcohol and faint malt smell.

taste- nice mixture of malt with a finish on the hoppy side

mouthfeel- malty mouthfeel that lingers in your mouth

overall- Great beer but tastes like an Ale, This isn't the old Anchor Steam, Recently the brewers have added alot more color to this beer along with more hops. The old Anchor was much ligher in color with a lower hop level and a yeasty character. Is it better? I'm not so sure, this beer kind of tastes like a hopped up amber ale without that character. I like the older Anchor

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Photo of n00blar
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of craigmj7
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 5,999 ratings
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