Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,973 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
Ratings:
5,973
Reviews:
2,044
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
1,253
For Trade:
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Photo of Swim424
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hoegaargen mug from 12oz bottle.

A-Pours a nice clear caramel color. lots of bubbles flowing into a nice small creamy fluffy head.

S-smells crisp. A bit of yeast, sort of a malt scent. Maybe a tiny hint of hops. Nothing special here.

T-Very plain, malty flavor, a pleasant sweetness in the middle, with a touch of spicy hop on the finish. Seems very simple.

MF-medium body, A bit creamy, nicely carbonated.

O-This is a nice beer. Definitely a lager. Much better than any mass produced beer, Would love to sip on this on a hot day. Very refreshing, with a nice simple character to it.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber gold with a huge light tan foam. Plenty of lace, and a nice ring lasts 'til the last drink.

Smell is malty, and a touch of spicy hop.

Taste is very similar, but very crisp malts and a bitter floral hop finish.

Texture is very light, bordering on fizzy. Easy to drink however makes it ok.

Definitely a step above BMC, but some aspects are a bit boring. That being said, it was definitely one of my crossover beers 20 years ago...

DOA

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of McStagger
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re review of a beer I've become more fond of over the past few months.

A: Pours a rust orange with excellent transparency. Carbonation is moderate to lively, with large bubbles racing to the surface. Two fingers light beige head. While not rocky, there is moderate to heavy lacing on the glass. Sounds fizzy.

S: Malt syrup, stone fruit, honey suckle and a sweet doughy biscuit like quality.

T: Rush of malt in the front, along with same biscuit like doughy characteristics. Tart fruit, touch of all spice, maybe a hint of raw tobacco, and heather honey. The bittering aspect is almost medicinal. I've heard the Alstrom Brothers use aspirin before. This seems to fit the bill. The beer bitters and dries while still maintaining a small line of floral sweetness. Finishes fairly dry.

M: Truly awesome mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively enough to keep things interesting. Great balance.

O: The microbrew industry has exploded in the past 15 years. And yet this consistently grabs my attention more than anything else on the market. So easy, so flavorful, so drinkable. I've drank this beer on the beach and paired it with Christmas cuisine. Not many beers can stand up to the task of being so delicious and so multi faceted. Love this stuff.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head to speak of on a clear golden with amber hues body.

S: mostly malts with a semi-sweet gingerbread note.

T: very malty. Grains and biscuity notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable. One of the less common genres out there and this one sets the bar for it.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,973 ratings.
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