Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,981 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours copper/amber with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like caramel, bread/grain, toasted malt and some citrusy hops. Taste is same as the aroma, but it starts out hoppy, then comes the malty sweetness, and finally it leaves a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has a good amount of carbonation and is crisp. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. I think it's a good overall beer, a pretty decent choice as a session beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer icon of sorts. Sort of like an Amber, but different. Amber color and clear with bubbles rising throughout. A nice half inch of head that dissipates moderately quickly, but leaves just a touch of lacing on the edges. Bread and malt flavors dominate. It is shockingly light for what you see in the glass. Has a nice crisp finish and is easily something you could throw back a few of. It has an almost refreshing characteristic about it.

Not going to beat you over the head with an assault of flavors, but it is different and pleasant.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: nice medium, amber appearance, transparent, with substantial white foam and intricate lacing.

Nose: nice fruity hops aroma,

Taste: full-on hop flavor reminds the imbiber of an IPA.

Mouth: full-bodied mouthfeel.

Drink: easily drinkable. A totally nice beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had tried this a few years ago and tried it again on the recommendation of a fellow BA (Thanks DKB!) who says it's one of his favorites. It was like trying it again for the first time. Beautiful orange amber in the glass with a healthy (almost decadent) head of foam that lingered through the first few sips and laced the glass. Malty nose, but the initial taste was a nice balanced malt and (fruity?) hops that added a whole bunch of tastes to the mix. Not cloying, not too bitter, and definitely very drinkable. A bit of astringent in the aftertaste, but nothing to detract from the flavor. Loved it. I understand the attraction.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber-red color with copper edges. The head was huge to start with, because I poured down the center of the glass, but shrank to a solid, 3/4' cap with good lacing.

Smell: Lots of esters and fruitiness balanced with a good dose of hops.

Taste: Carrys over that balance of sweet malt and fruit and hop bitterness from the nose. The hop flavor is a bit on the coarse side...I like that. Finishes more to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium bodied with a mouthfeel that bounces back and forth from oily and juicy, to dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Very good. It's modest alcohol, lighter body, and fairly simple flavor profile make this an easy choice.

While it may not be on anybody's 'Best of' list, it's a rock-solid and dependable brew that never fails to please. The granddaddy and precursor of all American micros.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,981 ratings.
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