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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
6,010 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:
#9,929
Reviews:
2,055
Ratings:
6,010
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,278
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 6,010 |  Reviews: 2,055
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper in color with a foamy off-white head and obvious, brisk but fine carbonation. The aroma is of a clean, rich malt and light fruitiness with some hops. A full body combined with the zesty carbonation gives a distinct mouthfeel. The flavor starts with creamy, lightly caramel malt and leads into a vast hop character of flavor and crisp bitterness as it crosses the palate. The finish is dry and lasting. The classic of the style.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good beer that is fanatastic on tap. I had thiss baby on tap last night and it was the bee's knees. The flavor is tighter and cleaner and it finishes much drier. The taste of this brew is dense, complex and easy drinking. I could have drank ten in a row.

Awesome. Drink, Drink. Cheers!

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured amber with a thick creamy head and a slightly malty aroma. The first drink left nice lacing, but not a great flavor, in my opinion. I thought it tasted too bitter, which lasted for a while on the tongue. Not one I would seek out, but I would not turn it down either.

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Photo of stingo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just had this with a nice roast beef hoagie at a favorite deli/beer store. An all around good beer - the taste and mouthfeel were pleasant, and the finish was very enjoyable. I am not sure i would spend a night drinking it, but would definitely not shun it if it were offered.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short-lived head and average color. Crisp and not overly bitter, but not much to the finish. Slightly better-than-ordinary overall. It is really a good beer to break out of the macro mold with, as it it not too hard to find.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color, thick off-white head, which retains well, very good lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of caramel, malts, and subdued bread notes.

Taste: Taste begins with subdued bitterness, the roasted malts then assert themselves strongly, finishes with hints of lemon peel.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a slight tingle of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very well balanced, a unique beer in the lager style. Anchor Steam Lager is legendary, and deservedly so. Highly recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with compact, fleeting head. Aroma is noticeable but hard for me to pin down. The taste is not hard to pin down--bitter but in a unique sort of way. Bitterness lingers, but it's a trademark for Anchor Steam.

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

This beer poured a nice copper/amber color and formed a nice off-white head, that left some nice lace. The aroma was of malt and some hops. The flavor was of malt and hops with a slight citrus aspect. The finish was a touch astrigent, giving it a slight bitter aftertaste. A good beer

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful copper body. Rocky, fluffy just slightly off-white head. Excellent lacing. Wonderful mix of floral and citrus hops in aroma. Superb hop and malt balance. This beer could be drank all night. Paired with any food. Clean. Truly does exhibit ale and lager characteristics. Too often overlooked, an America Classic.

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Photo of Reverand
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a unique brew. A kind copper color in appearance with a nice head to top it off. A simple sip and the hops explode with a sharp bitteness. An absolute full flavored beer and definitely a keeper.

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Photo of Jordan
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam.. It really is a style of it's own. It mimics an ESB more than an Amber.

Pretty looking deep dark copper. Very romancing whiffs of herbs inside a quieter background of caramel malts and even some banana. The sweet-bitterness to this beer is definately one of a kind! Perfect dichotomy of sweet caramel malts and course hops bitters. Anchor Steam has great character and a complex palate to match.

Excellent on tap as well.

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Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange - amber in hue w/ a very slight haze. The thin, but tight head leaves a respectable lace. Light caramel malt notes and toasted malt comprise the malt aroma, while an assertive woody Northern Brewer hop nose follows. Lightly bodied, and highly carbonated, but the ample residual dextrins make for a smooth, crisp, and pleasant mouthfeel. The woody, slightly earthy hop flavor is expected from the hop variety used. Hop bitterness overpowers malt sweetness, yet isn't overbearing. The finish is clean with just a hint of esters. Anchor Steam is an excellent session brew for hopheads.

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Photo of MTMugs
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Steam was probably the first micro I had that sent me onto this path...So yesterday I picked one up at the Greenbush Beverage Center for old times sake. It wasn't quite as good as I remembered - still hoppy, nice color and lace. Went down well with the burgers & steak at a cookout though and that's what counts.

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

I prefer ales to lagers, but as lagers go, this was extremely drinkable. Great amber color, nice head and lace, good mouthfeel (for a beer of this type). Balanced with a hoppy finish. It had me looking in the 22 oz. bottle for more.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a small, short-lived head. Elusive, slightly-spicy aroma. Nice balance. Enjoyable beer, but not outstanding and less interesting than I used to believe.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When in rome, do as the romans. I had this on vacation with my girlfriend in San Francisco. After having the Liberty Ale, I expected more flavor, but remember it for what it was. Nice copper color, big head, that settled nicely. Nice taste, just want you want in a lager. Malty, thick, rich and inviting. Hops and bitterness lingers. A little thin, but very good going down. I was glad I finally tried it, and in it's hometown too. I rate it right up there with a Boston Lager, and better than a Yuengling. Not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of packetknife
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly floral on the nose. Crisp and clean. White overly pourous head. Just malty enough but not overpowering. Somewhat dry. Hints of spice on the finish.

Lingers on the tongue with somewhat of a citrus residue. Bitter/sour. In-between. Not bad though.

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Photo of jackndan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam: Copper, clear beer, with a pale white head. Very nice malty/grain aroma, very nice beer, however, it’s a little hard to place. Starts bitter, ends with faint malt sweetness. I do not know if this will make sense, but most beers end on a downbeat, this one ends on an up beat. Very nice, very drinkable.

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

Anchor Steam has a deep amber color with a generous head. Malt overtones, faintly fruity, and fresh with a crisp, refreshing hop dryness to finish. Quite rounded, full of character.

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Photo of Murph
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright sopper with a decent off white head. Smell is of nice caramel malt and some light floral hops. Taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt that is soon followed up by a decent hop flavor that balances the brew out nicely. Nice smooth mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. I generally prefer my brews to be a bit bigger than this, however, for the style this is a pretty nice offering.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep clear amber. Almost copper. Beautiful pillowy white head. I don't get a lot on the nose. Maybe some slight malt. Taste is nice. A nice bready yeast flavor is present. There's also a very slight fruitiness that accents nicely. Like apples and pears. Very clean taste. Easy drinking. Solid brew here.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very solid beer, when I can find it which isnt all the time. A sure thing and a great beer, another beer that helped change my thinking about how a beer should taste.

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

I'm not a big lager fan, but after reading about how this beer was made to gain some ale qualities, I was impressed enough to give it a try. Much more complexity than a typical lager. Less hop character than I would have expected from a west coast brewery but some nice maltiness.

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

This is another always-reliable beer from a west coast brewery. It's an all-night beer with good aroma and flavor.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a great beer, tastes a bit like fresh greens in a backyard garden, especially if you drink it at the brewery. Sometimes it's not good, sometimes it's the best thing on earth, it just depends on your mood. A historic beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,010 ratings
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