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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Photo of Lnc3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly cloudy amber colored beer. The head is off-white that holds decently. Smells slightly like caramel with hints of bread and grains. Tastes similar to the aroma tasting very bready and grainy. A very balanced beer with earthy qualities.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium clear amber/copper color. Head is off white with decent retention. Lacing is is substantial.

S - Tons of earth in the nose. Getting light floral hops, bread, fresh grains and hints of caramel. Excellent.

T - Again lots of earth character and floral undertones. Getting lots of bread and wheat flavors. Bitterness is minimal but gives it just a bit a balance.

M - Medium bodied. Very soft on the palate. Carbonation is perfect.

O - A great beer. Very earthy and easy to take in. I think this one would be very approachable to a non-craft beer drinker.

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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/2013

A- Crystal clear copper pour with a finger width white head that leaves tracks and gobs of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweetness and biscuit smells from the malts with a touch of floral hops.

T- Biscuity malt taste, with a floral hop presence and a slight metallic note. Very good, very easy drinking. Lingering aftertaste.

M- Thin the medium bodied, light on the carbonation.

O- Very good, this isn't a huge seller in my area but that leaves more for me. Excellent beer to sit down and enjoy a couple per sitting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with an average white head that soon reduces to a lasting ring and leaves a modicum of lacing.

The light, earthy aroma is pleasing, but it is too mild to be very enticing.

The flavor (4.2) starts with a good hit of earthy/spicy hops, with the malt component becoming more apparent mid-taste. The hops are present all the way through, making this steam beer seeming to build in intensity through the finish. Great hops/malt balance leaves both bitter/sweet and other flavor components in exemplary balance. Excellent roster of malts.

Anchor Steam has a medium body; excellent carbonation, and a refreshing crispness.

O: excellent choice as a session beer or replacement for one of any light or macro-adjunct beer. Slightly milder than an average APA, but with as much flavor. Should work well with many lighter-flavored foods.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

A: Pours a light amber with a cap of pure white foam that sticks and leaves lacing.

S: Crisp, earthy hops and light caramel accent toastiness and deep bitterness.

T: That lager flavour: crisp lemons, spicy hops, mild melanoidins, but the ale is there too with smooth caramel and toast notes.

D: Super drinkable and refreshing. I would love a case of these in the midst of a hot summer day.

Overall: Its a great little beer and there is nothing else quite like it. Right smack in between a lager and an ale. This classic brew will always be a good choice.

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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A reddish, orangish coppery hue. Holds a nice head. I had to leave my beer sitting for a few and was impressed at how well the head held.

S- I smelled a lightly citrusy, floral smell.

T- Hoppy and bitter, lightly aromatic. I detected a bit of citrus, and some very mild fruit notes.

M- Pretty nice mouthful. Not at all watery or light.

O- A very nice beer. I prefer more intense ales, porters and stouts, and this is far from the best beer I've had, but this is definitely a beer I want on hand.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,043 ratings