Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,948 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: a stumpy brown 355mL bottle with a decent old-school label. Not sure about some of the corporate shtick though, like "virtually hand-made". Let's see.

Appearance: pours a very clear amber colour with a strong orange against the light. A one-finger off-white head hangs about for a short time before settling to a thick cap. Vibrant carbonation, with a limited lacing.

Aroma: summer fragrances - sweet biscuit malts, some floral, with citrus and orchard fruits. Refreshing.

Taste: much more driven by the sweet biscuit malts than the hops. There are some citrus and floral hops in there, which is nice, but the malts dominate. A buttery caramel hanging around the back as well.

Aftertaste: some more of the hop bitterness comes through on the finish. Still quite sweet, however. A lovely and refreshing beer.

Mouth feel: quite heavy in body with more carbonation than I was expecting. Brings the flavours through fantastically well. Well done.

Overall: I was quite stunned by this beer. A very refreshing combination of sweet malts and refreshing hops. Goes well with itself or particularly with a nice dinner. What surprised me the most was the price. I expected the usual premium U.S. ale price of AU$150+ for a case of 24 x 330mL, but at only half that, this beer is not only a gem, but a bargain. Well worth it - a great food beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,948 ratings.
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