Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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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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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi-translucent copper color with an off-white sudsy head.

Aroma: A little bready and yeasty. Almost like a vienna lager with less malt. Fairly clean.

Taste: Like a Cream Ale with that lager component. Interesting bitterness on the tongue. The hops seem to be all bitter and no flavor. Tastes bottle conditioned which in this case isn't exactly a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and drinkable. Lots of carbonation.

Final Thoughts: This actually tastes like a hoppier version of the first home brew I ever made (Cream Ale) which makes it sort of unimpressive. However, it is a very cool hybrid of the ale and lager worlds and you can definitely taste both elements in here.

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4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
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 -22.1%

Photo of jtingue
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,036 ratings
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