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 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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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd like to say I like this beer more than I do because of its unique status as a hybrid. I do enjoy it on tap when I'm in the San Fran area. Maybe its too balanced in its presentation with hop and malt so equal that I can't form a strong opinion. Its also a little thin in mouthfeel and finish to me. Big fan of Anchor's Porter, though.

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Photo of rastaman
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good session beer, light in flavour, aswell as having a good hop profile, and well rounded flavour, very nice.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle. Very big head, foamy noisey and lasted a long time. Clear with a copper colored amber. Surprisingly light nose, that was dominated by malt. Smooth malt character to the taste with sharp bitterness surrounding it. Finishes long and dry. Nice and full mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment. Feels like your really drinking something with some body, especially since it's not a stout or porter. This would be an easy beer in which to enjoy several.

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Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah ... an American micro-classic, and a most distinct and unique beer. Hazy medium-amber, creamy tight bubbled head. Fairly clean aroma with slight bubble-gum and sulfur notes. Very carbonated, creamy with a lot of complexities, raw feel, grain and hops tannin astringencies and background sulfur. Toasted malt flavours come thru with a touch of caramel and sugary flavour as the beer warms to room temperature. Definite fruity character. Hops are bitter, but soft on the palate. Flavours linger into a grain dry finish.

Simply an all around good beer, with decent balance and incredible character. Used to treat myself to this beer when I was cutting my teeth into the better beer world ages ago. Everyone should at least try this beer once.

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Photo of hooligan
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap, this beer has been fairly consistent, and one of my favorite summertime brews. The crispness of this beer makes it a easy drinking one. The bottled is very good, but as others have stated, can be quite inconsistent, with a metallic, stale, almost oxygenated taste to it...

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Photo of John
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had Anchor Steam at this hippie shrine kinda joint called Vesuvio in San Fran about ten years ago. I was thrilled at the time. Still pretty good stuff.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A classic beer. Such a distinctive taste; never gets old

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Photo of DrDocRudge
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While the color and smell say drink this one, I find that each bottle has a nasty metallic aftertaste to it. In addition, the beer seems watery in comparison to other ales, though firmer than all pilsners and most lagers. Some people swear by this beer, I just swear at it. Much better than Bud or Coors though.

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

This is a terrific beer, while agree that this is one of the best around it pales to a Liberty Ale. But I degress, take your Bud swilling friends and have them try an Anchor Steam - the shock will do them good.

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

Very ale-like in character, with distinct malt. This brewery knows how to turn out quality products.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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