Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
Very Good
6,117 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
Ranking:
#19,585
Reviews:
2,086
Ratings:
6,117
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
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243
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Photo of Bammer21
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pejohnson46
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So subtle, the mix of lager smoothness and ale fruit essence imparted by the yeast is exceptional. Great head retention, beautiful amber color, I could drink this all summer long

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Photo of Oleg85
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've really got nothing to compare this to (in terms of the style), so here it goes.

Pours amber with a thick foamy white head. Lots of carbonation springing from the bottom of the glass
Aroma is: lager yeast/wet wood/some corn/toast/butter
Taste is: estery/toast
Feel: medium bodied - high carbonation - some slight astringency on the finish lends to a slight crisp bite
Overall: For my first judged steam beer, I liked it, and would certainly have again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

**
04/24/2018

Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Maize color, clear, medium white head.
AROMA: rice, barley, mild hops. solid old fashioned beer smell.
TASTE: mostly malty cereal, with touches of mild fruit (apple?), wood, hay.
FEEL: light bodied, good carbonation.

A quality classic brew that has lasted through the decades; just falls a hint beneath current expectations.

**

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours amber with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smel: It has aromas of toast and low caramel. It has a bit of mintiness in the background.

Taste: The flavors are fairly balanced between the caramel, mint, and toast. It has moderate bitterness.

Feel: It has a moderate body.

Overall, there is a good balance between toast, caramel, and mint.

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Photo of Half-full
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drkiwibird
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brp94
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cruzmissile72
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer in a different style. I drank it on the warm side and found it to be quite good.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty, caramel, yeasty aroma. Taste was similar but much more hop bitterness than expected and the bitterness lingered a bit. Overall an interesting beer that I've always enjoyed every now and then

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Photo of MTKATL
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShaunSolo
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eppie82
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tstromer
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer with a light amber color with a quick dessipating off white head. Has a malty scent, and tasted a little grassy. A kinda unique lager that i wasnt expecting. Im glad i tried it, but honestly not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of machineglen
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Kolsch glass, cause I had one. Golden brown color with moderate fisheye head, some lacing. Smell is slight malt, slight grassy hops, fairly delicate. Taste is more hop bitterness than I would expect from the smell, spice and biscut, lots of carbonation, not much hop flavor. Overall more flavorful than a larger, less Kick than a IPA, wouldn't call it sessionable, but could drink two in a sitting.

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Photo of scott_qua_scott
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a clear amber with a substantial, fluffy, straw-yellow head. Solid.

Smell: Malty and sweet, a little spicy, and more hops than I expected on the nose. A real classic "beer" smell.

Taste: Clean and slightly floral upfront, resolving to a bright, spicy, malty flavor mid-palate, and finishing rich and biscuity/bready. Really excellent, and not similar to many other beers. I can understand its mass appeal based on taste alone.

Feel: I recall having some Steam poured from a tap a while ago and thinking it was rather thin, but I've just poured this one from a bottle and it feels more substantial. Either way, this is a lagerish beer, so the feel is appropriate for the type. It's highly carbonated, too, and that's really nice--the fizz makes it almost like a savory soda.

Overall: This was my first beer from Anchor, but it won't be my last! It has a lot of the qualities you get from other regional beers that have blown way up (think Fat Tire or Spotted Cow), chief among which qualities is a very pleasant drinkability coupled with enough character to retain street cred with the craft beer set. Steam is unique, it's *really* tasty, and it's now my go-to session beer. If you haven't tried one, go get it. It's out there.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange golden color with a white head. Not much lacing. Smell is malty sour. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. Overall, would make a good summer beer.

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Photo of bluemac
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,117 ratings