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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
Very Good
6,018 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:
#10,072
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,018
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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236
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1,283
Trade:
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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft in a very nice Las Vegas casino, and found it very pleasing. Had it on bottle the next day, and found the draft to be a step above.

Ruby red, with nice carbonation, and a decent head. The lacing was thick, and hung around 'til the very end.

Smells hoppy, but tastes malty. Very smooth, with what seems like a couple different malty flavors very nicely blended together.

Very smooth and a little creamy. Good stuff to drink, I could drink it on tap all day, but from the bottle it benefits from a bit of a chill.

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Photo of jman42
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Average white head with good lacing evident

S = Nice malty aroma - less on the hops

T = Nice taste. Again more of a malty taste than hoppy

M = Nice creamy texture, average carbonation

D = Nice drinking beer. I could put a few of these away watching football, working outside, etc

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Photo of Phatz
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours an Orange-ish brown color. Large carbonation bubbles lead to a nice head.

Smell: I got very little out of the aroma. but in the beers defense it was served to me at the bar way to cold. I let it warm as much as I could. I was also sitting in outdoor seating. Nonetheless, I only got a hint of sweetness and some carbonation in the nose.

Taste: I have never had a steam beer before and I enjoyed this. The flavor was not complex or amazing but i was extremely drinkable. I was eating a Kilbassa and this was a perfect accompaniment. It had the nice sweet amber attribute to it. The sweet malts. but then it had a bit of hops. Gentle, laid back hops but enough to keep it interesting. I think there was a certain amount of smokiness to the beer as well. There were no fire works with this beer is was simple and drinkable. mmm.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and active. lots of carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely sessionable. Low ABV, mild on the palate it is all around a 'Good' beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a medium dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and a little bit of spice, fruit and hops.

T: The taste is fruity, spicy and malty, with flavors of caramel & citrus. A strong but complimentary hops presence comes in quickly and provides a very good balance without being over-powering. Once the hops flavor fades a bit, there’s a nice bready taste that remains with a mild sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, this is good beer to stick with for an evening if you want something a lot of substance that isn’t going try to knock you over. I liked this beer and thought it was very good.

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Photo of AEArider
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber/copper with a tightly knit head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave the inside of the glass a ton of love. Smell is very lager-esque, grainy but simultaneously complex and very much inviting. Taste is refreshingly hoppy but not overbearing, and of lightly toasted malt. Feel is refreshingly crisp, but overall comes off a bit thin; however, definitely something to enjoy in sequence. Overall a great brew. . . got into the whole "steam" scene while on a trip to the Bay area, and this certainly exemplifies it.

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Photo of hoppyhayashi
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a beautiful, clear, light golden amber colour... the colour of liquid honey. It pours to create a 2 finger width off-white, foamy, fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Leaves a slight foamy lace.

S: slightly metallic, citrusy, hints of grapefruit.

T: Has an amazing taste... at first buttery, honey, fresh grapefruits and oranges, gingerbread. The best way to put it would be that this beer takes a taste intermission, because it takes a break before a mild hop flavour arrives at the end on the back palate.

M: Mouthfeel is really smooth, creamy, light bodied, with nice carbonation on the tip of the tongue. It dissipates evenly across the entire palate. Fills the whole mouth. Easy drinking beer.

O: Really pleasant, clean, quality beer. It's good for the summertime! Love the way it has two distinct taste intervals!

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Photo of vkv822
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into pint glass.

Thus beer has a beautiful billowy off white head with great retention, and the body is a nice light amber.
The aroma is of biscuity malts, with some light hop bitterness. The flavor follows the aroma fairly well, with also quite a bit off caramel malt notes as well and some very light fruity hop notes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated,and nice medium bodied.
This is a very drinkable beer, and one of the better lagers I have had thus far. Definitely something I could go back to as a unique session beer.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect all-around session beer, which isn't to say it lacks anything in the flavor arena, that's simply not the case. Pours a crystal clear amber in color, very nice to look at, with a two finger fizzy head that left a creamy crown after a couple of minutes. Nose is very lager-like, very 'grainy' but appealing. Taste is much like an ale, but still somehow clean like a lager, which makes sense after reading how it's made. Taste is fruity like an ale, but still quite crisp.

I really like this, I can forsee drinking a lot of this during the warmer months.

Slàinte!

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Photo of Dkline39
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Estarrio
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, light, orange, copper with a huge, frothy, white head. Nice retention.

Subtle aroma of sweet malt with some floral notes.

This is a very smooth beer. Lightly, sweet malt up front that is balanced by a citrus, bitter finish. Neither the sweetness nor the bitterness is over-the-top, creating a smooth and refreshing test. A perfect compromise of beer with flavor that is still approachable to the under-developed palate.

Nicely carbonated with a light/medium body, this is a very drinkable session beer.

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Photo of flexabull
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear and bright gold color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are doughy, spicy, and of cereal like grains.

Taste is spicy, yeasty, and of bread dough. There are flavors of creamy, sweet malts, and some brewed tea. Finish is crisp and a bit dry, with a slight pine like hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, very well carbonated too.

Drinkability is very good. Anchor Steam is a classic tasty and very sessionable beer. Everytime I get some, I wonder why I don't grab this beer more often. Very good stuff.

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Photo of KurtisAyr
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sethmcd
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mgaddy
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive amber color with a nice head formation. The head lasts throughout the glass leaving plenty of lacing behind.
The smell- excellent from the beginning.
Definite drinkability. Smooth and creamy.
The taste lingered on my palate .
I definitely enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Phelps
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Robbie Fox’s.

Deep amber with perfect clarity. The one-finger head of off-white is frothy and highly retentive, hanging out for a good ten minutes only to become a very thick, sticky top layer.

Not much to the nose. Sourish grain, hints of biscuits and freeze-dried apples.

The flavor expands on the aroma with lightly toasted biscuits, sweet red apple, apricot, lager-like yeast, some tangy grain and lightly earthy hops. The clean finish is surprising. Very nice.

Smooth, almost creamy medium light body with lightly massaging carbonation and soft fizziness. A slight bitterness lingers between sips.

I may have found a new favorite session beer; this was brilliant. Smooth, drinkable and surprisingly complex for what it is. There’s a reason they named the style after Anchor Steam.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear deep amber with full foamy cream colored head with no bubbles. The foam slowly settles leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Has an aroma of herbal/grassy hops with some sweet biscuity malt and very light fruity aromas.

Very mild flavors - dry bready/biscuity malt with mild hop bitterness and hints of caramel. Very enjoyable.

It's dry, crisp with very smooth moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

A very easy drinking, mildy bitter beer. Nice smooth mellow flavors making a great session beer. It's nothing fancy, just a good honest, flavorful beer and the smooth carbonation really makes it for.

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Photo of Chappy-88
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwinship83
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a very clear amber colored body with a large fluffy looking white head. the head lasts for a long time and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- somewhat sweet biscuit like malts upfront. then comes a small amount of noble hops.

T- again with the biscuit like malts. somewhat sweet. theres a small bite from the hops at the end. i dont know, but if i had to guess, i would say they were german.

M- light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- easy to finish and quite sessionable. something i always overlook, but then when i buy it im never disappointed.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a historic style of beer of American beer and one can only hope it has similar taste to what it did back in the day.

Its almost an amber color, has lots of bubbles and leaves pretty nice lacing.

It has a pretty simple taste with mostly biscuity flavors in the forefront. Its taste is over-all pretty light which isnt always a bad thing, as this beer is the example.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear golden/copper color, with minimal head and lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Not much aroma. A little bread and some malt.

T: Well balanced malt and grain flavors, with some sweet and some bitterness, but didn't notice much of a hop presence.

F: Feels light and crisp, and a little astringent at the end.

O: I really like this as a good alternative to more aggressive IPAs. It has a unique flavor, and goes down easy. At 4.9% ABV it makes for a good summer BBQ beer.

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Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This would make a great session beer if it wasn't so expensive. Not incredibly intoxicating and I could easily drink this all night long without being overwhelmed.

Poured into Pint glass. Head was two fingers for about 30-45 seconds.

Appearance : Amber. Exactly what you would call amber.

Smell : Scent was not overpowering. Nothing citrus or floral.
Grainy if anything.

Taste : Cereal. tea.

Mouthfeel : Not too bitter. Not overly carbonated. Really a pleasant experience.

Drinkability : see first paragraph.

$10.79 for a 6 @ local package store.

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Photo of scubasteve04
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into a standard pint glass, apparently too aggressively as indicated by the 5 inches of foam in my glass. I let it settle for a minute and then poured the remainder of the bottle in. Took my first drink just below 45 degrees F, I'd guess.

A: Really classic, awesome looking brew. A not quite white, spongy head on top of the coppery, bubbly beer with a nice touch of red color in the right light.

S: Smell is pretty mild. Earthy, malty, and maybe just a bit of bitter hops. So fresh and so clean, clean.

T: You get a nice malty sweetness right up front, then a mix of hop bitterness and astringency with a really nice, clean, crisp finish. Perhaps just a trace of citrusy sour/bitterness left in the mouth, but not much.

M: Very light, bubbly, yet still very smooth and not watery. Surprised me, pleasantly.

D: Drinkable as hell. This would be a great go-to superbowl or "insert sporting event here" beer to drink all day with some good company. If it were not close to my bedtime I would have kept going.

I got this six-pack as a Christmas gift this year, and had not heard of it until then, so I didn't quite know what to expect. Turned out to be a great gift. Thanks, Tony.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of phimonkey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,018 ratings
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