Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,983 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 Grohnke
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Brilliantly clear, copper. Large, fluffy, off-white head forms and holds well. Leaves the lightest of etchings behind as it falls to a light surface-covering film that remains throughout the session.
( 5 / 3)

Medium earthy/woody hops. Lightly fruity. Light caramel malt.
( 4 / 10)

Moderate earthy/woody hop flavor. Medium-light sharp toffee, and toasty malt, a very light roast. Light fruitiness is kept in check by the hops and malt. Moderately significant bitterness makes way for a medium-dry finish. Aftertaste has a slight note of malt, but the hop flavor and bitterness are the ones lingering. Soapiness came out as it warmed.
( 4 / 16)

Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. No astringency. Rather crisp, yet has a slight creaminess to the body.
(5 / 5)

I am in love with the hop variety (Norther Brewer) used, a breath of fresh air from the currently over-used citrus hops. With that said, the aroma could have used some added "punch". This some-what small beer (<5% abv) is packed with some serious flavor, and that is something I will always appreciate. I found the strong lingering bitterness to be a bit much given the depth of the body.
( 4 / 8)

( 4.15 / 42)

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Photo of caverog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle into a shaker.

dark copper color with an inch and a half thick white head.

smell is crisp like a lager, refreshing.

taste remains true. nice malty flavor with a tad of hops too. crisp and clean. good tasting and refreshing.

extremely easy drinking. lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a great easy drinking beer. recommended.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JeremyAnderberg
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of srv33
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light honey pour, decent lacing with big bubbles vanishing fast. Scent of malt and citrus. Strangely sweet taste, very malty, very drinkable, its sweetness overpowers whatever complexity there might be. In conclusion, I found it somewhat unique though forgettable for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of 3leven
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Stirling
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of callahwj
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Kam
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of davidIPA
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Jeffy5050
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of flasker
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jlove5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a beautiful crystal clear copper with a fizzy soda like head of white bubbles which evaporated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of biscuit malt, caramel, and yeast. Some faint fruity (I got orange) esters.

T - Extremely well balanced mix of toasty malt and fruity hops. Caramel sweetness upfront and bitter grains in the finish. Finshes very dry. A slight "pasty" taste in the back of finish, which is not unpleasant. Tasty.

M - Medium-light bodied with prickly almost fizzy carbonation. Clean finish.

O - I really enjoyed this. A simple beer thats full of flavor with high drinkability. Sometimes I want a beer that tastes like just malt and hops, and this is as good as any for that. Balanced and delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,983 ratings.
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