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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.

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Reviews: 2,014 | Ratings: 5,850
Photo of ElGuapo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unless the draught of this brew is that much better than the bottle, my taste buds have greatly changed. I remember not liking this beer too much before.
Pours to a deep copper with a pretty good sized white head. It dies a little quick, but leaves lace. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with a sweetness in the backround.
A very nicely hopped brew with good balance. The flavor is all there. The body is medium and it is very smooth. A great drinker. I could session with this one anytime. I'll have to grab a few bottles and see if it is the same.

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Photo of aaronh
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was not impressed by this beer. It exhibited nice grassy aromas and had a more robust color than I was expecting, but the flavors were disappointing. The beer was very light tasting with little malt sweetness or bitterness. I guess you could call it a well balanced flavor, but it seemed rather un-inspiring.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark, with a hue that can range from amber to golden depending on how the light hits it. Not much in the way of head or active carbonation, but there is the thinnest of caps that sticks around, like a light dusting of snow. Smell is hoppy, but not in a sharp or aggressive way; plenty of malt on the nose, too. Taste is unique. Light hops, and a clear taste of dark fruit (raisins?) Mouthfeel is substantial without being heavy. Good, interesting cousin of the amber, and worth having, though not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had this numerous times, just never really got around to taking notes on it. Seems like they have this all over the place in downtown Detroit on tap. Had this particular one at Park Bar. Pours a muddled copper color with lighter hues around the edges, closer to a rustic amber; half clear and half hazy. Slightly gray-tinted head turns to a skin and leaves some small dripping of lace on its way down the glass.

The aroma is pretty bleak and mild; but relaxing and calm may be a more appropriate description. Musty hops, seemingly of the Noble variety (perhaps Saaz?) with a slight touch of leafiness to accompany the musk. Faint grains are the backdrop for the hop play, yet they remain fairly quiet and never interrupt. Very light citrus zest on the tail end. Warming doesn't reveal any more aromas; this beer is pretty simple and straightforward.

The taste begins with a small mouth washing of light biscuit malts and heavy grains; a substantial hop bitterness hits the palate quickly up front and fades away during the remainder of the sip. Citrus zest, lemongrass, and a faint herbal tea leaf flavor comprise a good majority of the rest of the flavor. The finish contains some heavier lager yeast, leaving a crisp and mouth-coating finish; light bitterness and an even lighter fruit zest. Thin bodied with a different mouth feel - borderline "creamy" considering the style and thin body. Lots of carbonation.

Easy drinker; relaxed, mild, and highly quaffable. Nothing tremendous in terms of flavor or aroma, but then again, nothing off-putting or offensive, either. I respect the originality of the style but I think I prefer "Steamy Windows" from Liberty Street over this one, despite its history as the precedent-setter.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a small off-white head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The smell has an odd caramel aroma, kind of powdery (perfumey?); its weird but not offensive. The taste is of lightly toasted malt, grainy, with a shot of bitter hops in the end. Nothing crazy with the hops, subtle. The feel is light but not watery, slightly fizzy; finishes rather clean and crisp. Nothing outstanding here, a bit grainy which I'm not a fan of. However it is nice and light and a good change up brew.

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Photo of Kaiser777
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop the anchor I am ready to get steamed.

A- It is a golden brownish yellow, with little bubbles rising to the top of a solid white foam, witch disappears rather quickly, and leaves a light residue that disappears quickly also.

S- It has a similar smell to most American lagers, with a hint of barley and malt.

T- Just an edge over average I do like the taste, just wasn't blown away by it, but it is very delicious.

MF- Also just above average although it is on the brink of being a 4.

D- I am very impressed by it's drink ability, I could drink this beer all the time, with that said I want to thank all my G's in Cali that steam there beer, west coast in the house!!!!

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Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/14/07.

Pours clear light copper with nice little off-white head that quickly dissipates. Toasty nose with notes of spicy hop. A little thin on the palate, but flavorful nonetheless.

Rich maltiness is quickly upstaged by bitterness, but the whole affair is rather milder than is typical of many west coast brews. A little of the Bass Ale type flavor is going on, and the clean finish with a hint of astringency reminds me a little of that British brew as well. A very easy drinking beer with some flavor.

Might be a good gateway beer to get from macrobrew lager swill to the good stuff.

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Photo of wnh
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a bright, crisp golden copper with a thick, frothy and creamy white head.

Nose is gentle but nice, slightly citric and fruity hops on top of a light grainy malt base. A little earthy, almost cocoa powder character underneath. Sweet on the whole.

Suprising on the palate, with chocolate-covered oranges and an earthy, somewhat tannic dark fruit character. Fruit blend flavor includes a muddled earthy-but-tart raspberry note, and subtle lime. Finishes with a dry yeasty twang.

Fullish in body, quite well carbonated, somewhat scrubbing. It's been perhaps four years since I first had Anchor Steam, and I had no real memory of this beer. A bit muddled on the whole. Certainly not bad, but I'm not a huge fan.

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Photo of zrab11
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a hazzy orange amber color

S- not much of a smell but definitely get a hint of yeast and corn

T-not a ton of flavor but a slight citrus and goes down easy

M- light boddied with decent carbonation

D- very easy to drink... noting mind blowing but wouldn't mind drinking more for the price. Overall good for its style

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After reading various reviews about this beer I decided to try this brew. I must agree with the majority this is a good beer. It has a little bit of an aftertaste after awhile but nothing to make me not want to not buy another one. The color is amber and the smell was citrus like.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Stemmed Pislner glass.

Appearance - A light ruby color to this beer. One-finger head develops that dissipates over the course of a few minutes. Very few signs of carbonation. Nonetheless, very nice looking.

Smell - Light with a touch of hops and maybe a hit of lemon.

Taste - Lemony with some notions of hops. Not very hoppy like my tastes prefer, but still good.

Mouthfeel - Fresh, and coats the pallet decnetly.

Drinkability - I can't drink this too much. Something about this makes it a bit undrinkable once it is halfway through the glass. Still a good beer.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark gold color with a white medium-sized head. Very nice looking. Nose was carmel malt with a hint of hops. Taste was more carmel malt at first followed by earthy hops with a touch of subdued grapefruit. I'd say this is more balanced than the Anchor Liberty Ale I reviewed recently. Mouthfeel was OK... pretty high carbonation. High drinkability, goes down easy and nothing offensive about it.

I'd easily choose this over a Bud or Miller, but I don't think I'd seek this out. I do, however, see how this gained popularity back when an American microbrew was a novelty. This would probably be a great gateway beer to lure someone away from macroswill to quality beers!

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks go out to Adam and Joel for this little number,it pours a light clearish amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is a combination of aromas of maple syrup,light toffee,sweet honey and caramel,it has a pretty lightbodied mouthfeel to it almost close to carbonated water and exudes light tastes of honey,maple syrup and finishes with a dry caramel finish at the end and to be honest i gotta say its quite a bland taste for a brew that i expected and heard so much from and even though its very easy to knock back as a session brew it really doesnt have much substance to it all.

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Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Pokal.

It came out a light copper color with a nice size head of foam that left some lacing toward the bottom of the glass. Not much of a smell with this beer, except for some malts with a fruity background. Some smell is better than no smell. The taste you get is the the lager first than the ale second. It is a crisp, malted hops with a dry hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was light without being a light beer and with some carbonation. This is a beer that everybody should try for themselves. It would also make a nice summer session beer.

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Photo of rgb2807
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour looks good, with a good inch of head. Looks pretty good producing a yellow-orange color. The smell isn't very strong, and you really don't get much of an impression from just the smell. It'd expect a very light beer from the smell.

The taste is nice, but nothing strong. It is a very mild, balanced brew.

Definitely very drinkable and possibly good for a session, but it's just too expensive for me on the east to every do such a thing. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden orange with 2 finger white head

smell: sweet malts, corn,

taste: caramel, with no aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, light body

Drinkability: Overall a very easy drinkable beer.



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Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper color with a small off-white head. Smells of sweet bread malts, with a barely detectable hop accent. Taste starts with the bread malts, but is quickly overshadowed by some rather unexpected medicinal, and sprucy hops. Finish is bitter with lingering maltiness. Not as watery as expected, and rather drinkable.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ML bottle into a large pint glass. Best before date on the bottle listed as July 2011 (a long, long time away).

A - pours a light copper, with very slight cloudiness. The small head goes away quickly and cleanly. Not a lot of obvious carbonation.

S - really hard to pick anything significant out - a slight hint of toasty malt lingers in the background, but nothing else I can detect.

T - not a lot up front, but then a slight hoppiness followed by a distinct bitterness. A very slight hint of iron at the end.

M - nice mouthfeel, a light shot of carbonation off the start smoothing out to accentuate the bitterness.

D - quite drinkable - many of these could go down in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biggmike
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with thick creamy head. Very drinkable beer and like the other Anchor entries that I’ve tried(Porter and Liberty Ale) very tasty and satisfying. The head was not that long lasting and the lacing was mediocre. Still, an excellent beer that I would recommend. Flavor grows on you.

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Photo of philbe311
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Rich bronze color w/ redish highlights... Head quickly diminishes... Little or no lacing... Very still...

S - Fruit and malts... Hops... Sugar...

T - Biscuit... Tart fruit... Hops... Nutty flavor...

M - Dry... Light carbonation... Thick and heavy...

D - Not bad, but not my cup of tea (or bottle of beer)... My first steam beer... I'm happy I tried, but definately a one and done...

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a factory date code on the label.

Clear copper, with a two finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel mostly with a touch of nuttiness.

Flavor is caramel, nutty with a spicy hop finish.

Nothing special, especialy for the regular price. I got this on sale for $6.99, but I wouldn't pay the $9 it usually is.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightcopper hue with a slightly off-white head that rose up to be about three fingers high and quickly died down to a quarter inch of foam. A few columns of beading can be found. No laceing is noticed.

Smell: The aroma has a nice grassy hop character, along with some floral notes. This has a very pleasant sweet malt profile. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose. Grassy hops, the taste of flowers with a vague alcohol is definitely present. No sweet malts like the nose. Just some light fruit accents.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Goes down easy and has a "suds" finish.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer overall, but its not something out of the ordinary. Just an easy going, go to beer.


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Photo of mgironta
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body is a clear amber color with mild visible carbonation. The nose is really muted. And I mean muted to the point that I was sticking my face in the glass and couldn’t get much. I was really searching and got a slight hint of hops. The taste was boring at best. There was a crispness to it, which was the good part. Otherwise, I got some malt on it with a hint of hops. Wow this is just bland. It goes down easily but I think my qualm is more with the style. It’s just very boring to me. I could easily put a few back, but I really wouldn’t want to. Finish is quick and unremarkable. This one just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 April 2006, Best Before Jun 07

Anchor Steam is an amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour is a fairly even balance between toasted malt and leafy, herbal hops. It's also rather creamy and has some bubblegum sweetness. Didn’t mind this.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of bottles of Anchor Steam beer at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale amber color and is clear. A thick creamy head forms and is quite resilient. The beer appears mildly carbonated.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There is a floral scent along with an aroma of grain.

The taste is generally unremarkable. A heavy cereal or biscuit flavor up front, followed by a mildly bitter hop taste.

The mouth feel is dry and perhaps a bit flat.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s a bit average in terms of taste, but a drinkable beer just the same.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,850 ratings.
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