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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color; very thin head
S: Caramel, grass and yeast. I'm not picking up any hops. Fairly light overall.
T: Crisp and bitter up front, then leads to grass & sulfur. Simple yet complex at the same time if that can happen.
M: Medium-bodied, extremely crisp.
O: Very refreshing. Classic style. I will definitely try more during the summer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up in a mix and match six pack at the local Hy Vee, having never heard of it or read anything about it. Basically I liked the label, so I grabbed it!

Appearance - As unusual as this sounds, I'd say it came out a sort of cross between gold and amber in color. Good transparency, and even though I botched the pour a little because the kids were acting up, it had a nice thick, creamy, probably two finger head on it with moderate lacing.

Smell - Not real overwhelming, although I could certainly pull the yeast out of the nose. Very light smell overall. Not bad, just light.

Taste - All that being said, the brew was suprisingly refreshing and tasted great! Maybe a slight hint of caramel, malty, just a tad bitter. I thought it was an excellent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and smooth, went down real easy. With all the taste this beer has, it goes down so smooth, kinda makes you want to drink another!

Overall - Having known nothing about this beer before I bought it, I'd say it was a pretty good beer. The California Common/Steam Beer genre may not necessarily be my cup o' tea, but this is a tasty and refreshing beer nonetheless, one that I would certainly recommend for both an experienced craft brew drinker or a relative newcomer alike.

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Flavor wise its a little more of the same, the semi sweet toffee/caramel notes are a nice foundation, not hoppy at all, not much malt character either though.

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