Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,990 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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Photo of acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated May 31.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a tall, biege head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left behind on the glass. The aroma is of barley malt and some hops. There is a nice malty component to this beer in the taste. There is sweet up front with breadiness hitting at the middle. There is some hop bitterness on the back end with some aftertaste. The flavors are well-balanced. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that this beer does remind me of an ESB.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of jtingue
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After some decoding... Bottled on Febuary 1st 2012.

Appearance. Pours with a finger and a half of head, which dissipates to a ring of bubbles around the glass. Very clear red amber in color. Bubbles rise through the beer slowly.

Smell. A more pronounced version of the "lager smell". Predominantly fruity, but delicate, with a more pronounced dark berry and grape fruit aroma.

Taste. Starts out with the fruity grape like notes picked up in the nose. A grassy hop starts to fade in as the fruit fades out, and the bitterness comes to a climax with a slightly herbal quality to it. Next comes a full bready malt presence with a bit of the herbal quality remaining. The finish is dry, with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Moderate body broken up by dense and tight carbonation. I would describe it as very mousse like.

Really a new experience for me. It really does skirt the line between lager and west coast style ale... leaning more toward the lager profile, both flavor wise and smell wise.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to buy this beer after months of equivocating (poor college student - have to spend limited beer-money wisely), and boy am I glad that I did. Here's my review of Anchor Steam Beer.

A: Copper-colored with a thick, creamy head. The beer, although somewhat dark for a pale ale, is still very clear. I particularly liked the thick, creamy head (which was supported with lots of carbonation).

S: Very herbal and citrusy. However, I have to add a slight caveat for all the Advocates who like the over-hopped, Californian IPA's: This is not one of those over-hopped, overpowering IPA's that's loaded with northwestern Cascade hops. The citrusy and piney smells, while apparent, do not dominate the beer in a manner reminiscent of West Coast IPA's. The hops are perfectly balanced with the malt, much like imported English Pale Ales (this is great if you like British ales). It reminds me of Fuller's ESB.

T: Loved it. Very rich and creamy, however not overwhelmingly malty. No, in fact, the malt is balanced quite well with a leveled addition of piney, citrusy Cascade hops. This beer is a very well-balanced pale ale. There's also a lingering hop taste

M: Like the taste (i.e., very rich and creamy).

O: I liked this beer a lot. It's very reminiscent of Fuller's ESB. Try it with fish and chips (excess carbonation is good at cutting through oils and fats).

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,990 ratings.
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