Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,981 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:
5,981
Reviews:
2,047
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,257
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with vibrant clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Shallow off white head. Lots of caramel malt on the nose with subtle notes of biscuit and grain. Some earthy scents with a subtle hop presence. Medium to big in body with a good malt foundation. Lots of carbonation dry bready characteristics up front with touches of caramel sweetness balanced by a crisp finish. Definately tasty and more than drinkable. Slight floral presence. Big for a small beer that holds up really well. I love the unique twist of this beer being a lager fermented at warmer temperatures. I dont get a lot of fruit but you definately get that ale/lager hybrid feel.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a Monster pint (33.9 oz.) at Woodstock’s in San Diego, Calif. Caramel looking. About a 1 ½ fingers of head. Nice white cloudy lacing. Sporadic and cloudy film on the sides.

Smelled bread and grains mostly. Kind of a freshness smell, but heavy (malty) as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. Reminded me of a pilsner. Bready and grainy. Clean, light and crisp.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, clean and crisp finish.

A bit disappointed overall. I don’t know why, but I was expecting a lot more.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

possibly my favorite easy drinking ale on the market. pours a deep copper color with a welcomed 2 inch white head. smell is primarily malt based, not heavy, with some bitter and citrus hop fragrances. smells like a beer the revolutionaries would have been drinking in boston back in the day, it just has that important timeless nobility in its nose. flavor is amazingly well balanced, with more hops in the finish than the nose gave away. mouthfeel is nice and smooth. its down easy, but not in a throwaway sense, it is very enjoyable and every sip can be a pleasurable experience. great carbonation and a medium body. im happy to drink this all day everyday. it goes well with a lot of food, is reasonably affordable, and is interesting enough to old my attention. i am always excited to see it on shelves back east. this has been one of my go to beers for years.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,981 ratings.
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