Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
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3.85/5
Very Good
6,076 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:
#11,655
Reviews:
2,075
Ratings:
6,076
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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238
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1,325
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Photo of Dhlonghair
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of annp1022
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Keeling
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim67
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Arseel
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sammy_j3
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harvard
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since, 1981... the most well-balanced beer I've ever had. This one never grows old. Tastes great with any meal and in any season.

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Photo of knp5280
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I didn't have an appreciation for this beer until I paired it in San Francisco with sourdough bread and different meals. It's a perfect combination with the city's food scene, but is also refreshing by itself.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMM1983
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber producing 3+ fingers of frothy, lasting, eggshell head that leaves patches & rings of chunky, sticky lace. Aroma is caramel & pale malt, bread & clean grain, herbal, with a hint of evergreen. Taste is caramel, bread, grain, grass, earthy herbal, pepper, pine & a moderately bitter hop character from mid-sip that intensifies into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth with a light prickle and moderately astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of Craven
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best lagers out there. Goes down great while having excellent flavor. A classic.

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Photo of gardner254
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mgraden
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtee
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 04/2019.

Look: The beer pours a clear deep amber/light copper with 6cm of dense, tan head that dissipates into a craggy cap in 4-ish minutes. Great lacing and overall retention. Effervescent.

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. The malt bill is layered and subtle with notes of toasty pale malts, dried fruit, and faint caramel. Fresh, herbal hops with cedar-like notes are also present, however a bit milder than I expected.

Taste: Follows the aroma with moderate strength and bitter balance. The front is malty with notes of toast, dried fruit (raisins), and light caramel. What follows is fresh, herbal hops with pronounced bitterness. The finish is very pleasant with medium intensity and length as well as a bitter balance.

Feel: Medium body with fairly mild carbonation. Creamy and leaning towards dry. No astringency or alcohol warming. Nothing unpleasant whatsoever.

Overall: The first American craft beer. I remember having it once before but I lacked the perspective and mileage to fully appreciate it back then. This brew is pleasant all around with great looks and mouthfeel as well as an aroma and flavour to hold your attention till the last sip. Quite simple yet nuanced with excellent craftsmanship. If not world-class, I still consider it a must-try for any beerlover/enthusiast.

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Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Vetbidder
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber see through beer with a large off white head. Interesting light scent , slight malt with slight hops.(close to a euro pale) Flavor is caramel malt driven with some bread on the finish. Noticeable but mild hop bite to go along with the bread on the finish. Medium thin mouthfeel with light carbonation.

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Photo of whiskyecho
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,076 ratings