Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
69%
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3.85 w/ 5,992 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:
#9,286
Reviews:
2,049
Ratings:
5,992
Liked:
4,137
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
12.73%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
1,265
Trade:
1
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Photo of jcbogantes
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed deep amber color which turns to be clear thereafter, it tops up with rich creamy off-white head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving lacing wave all around.

So aromatic malty goodness ranging from toasted bread, biscuit, toffee, nutty, maybe a bit buttery, grain, as well as floral, earthy, and lightly citrus hop.

Leading by caramelized sweet malt, then grain and charred nuttiness as well as toasted bread, biscuit, and toffee bring towards the richness and dry up the palate. Citrus comes up from the hop and finish with earthy hop bitterness. Some residual sweetness together with some bitterness is lingering in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body with good lively crisp and very refreshing feel, it is quite smooth through the mouthfeel with a dry and pleasant finish.

Solid malty brew with its prominent notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, and toasted bread.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I will always have fond memories of this beer, as it was one of the pioneers of microbrews. Light, copper color, slightly hazy. Bubbly head with some minimal, streak lacing. Aroma is earthy and herbal, with sweet malt qualities. I'm Caramel malt and spice, hops bitterness in the finish and mild citrus notes. Low in ABV, but high in flavor. Damn fine beer.

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Photo of jglaw1
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a clear light amber color, a short off white head, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma - Pilsner-like. Grainy, faint earthy hops, nutty.
Taste - Biscuity malt up front, not very sweet, toasted grain, zesty earthy hop balances the malt with a hint of bitterness. Finish is dry and very lager-like.
Feel - Light to medium body, smooth, crisp, dry.

Overall - Great choice when the weather starts getting warmer. Paired great with fish and chips.

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Photo of emwilke
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got one at the Londoner, Addison TX today.
Great malty smell.
Good taste also, quite balanced between the hoppiness and the maltiness. However, the longer it's left out there, the more hoppy it became. But overall, a good refreshing beer.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acmurphy696
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer tasted fine. It smells good and tasted pleasant on the tongue, but I do admit a prejudice as lagers simply do not thrill me. That noted, I enjoyed Steam.

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Photo of MouldyCrow
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpbuckley
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of caburdette51
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dharmelink
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bshefftz
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty. The taste is hoppy, malty, kinda yeasty. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69% out of 100 with 5,992 ratings
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