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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

honestly i felt that while this beer was good it lacked any defining characteristics. the nose is kind of flat but the malt and hop balance is spot on, not to bitter not to malty or sweet. This is a good session beer because it does not leave any lingering taste but at the same time i feel that its constitution is fairly week. not bad but not great. pretty middle of the road.

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass at Sawmill Tap Room on 4/28/12

A - pale amber; thick white head; great retention

S - caramel and lager yeast

T - straw, caramel, grassy, yeasty

M - medium bodied, crisp, good carbonation, smooth

This is a decent beer. A classic for sure. It has great drinkability, it's smooth, and has a refreshing flavor. It being a classic, I'll probably be back to it as some time.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear orange to amber with high carbonation. Thick, pure white head quickly dissipates to thin but stable cover.

S- Smells of light malt with a hint of sweetness. Slight bitter hop smell.

T- Noticeable carbonation followed by tasty, biscuity malt. Hops are present and complement malt nicely.

M- Carbonation is nice, beer is smooth with light bitter bite on swallow.

O- Delicious and perfect for spring/summer. Wish it were as affordable as many of the other micros.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear burnt orange color with a foamy, off-white 2 finger head. Excellent retention.

Smell - Earthy, sweet, and mildly spicy.

Taste - Starts mildly sweet, apple and caramel, then kicks over into a floral, grassy hop. Unfortunately, that's when my enjoyment ends. There's a sawdust like bitterness that creeps in near the aftertaste that I dislike greatly.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation lends to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - This is a quality beer, but the flavor profile just ain't my thing.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,077 ratings