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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
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:
#10,080
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,018
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,283
Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trllte
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

oh yah, yum

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Photo of TommyCable
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coltron23
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ckaire69
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhart96
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmukid87
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmokySignals
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle served from neighborhood pub. Founders pint glass brought on request. Had fond memories of Anchor Steam, but cannot remember where or when...?

Nice pfffft opening and full head easily acquired. Aromas were fresh, and crisp, but being in a pub I'm sure they were overtaken. Unique and refreshing I will say.

Deep golden to light amber, slightly hazy. Inviting overall appearance and I can tell this wont last long!

Malty in a great balance between pale and caramel. Not sweet, not tart not heavy, all is just right with this classic. Perfect summer day slammer, waiting on pizzas, and also accompanies the food very well on my 2nd one.
I shall go and put many of these in my fridge, asap. Unique and about as perfect example of beer as can be found.
Exceeded my expectations and fond memories.

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

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4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do any of you know what's so great about this beer? Some may call it "trash" because it lacks aroma, flavor and body, but when I look at this beer's attributes and think about days after fishing, playing adult league softball, and lawnmowing, this one does what one wants it to. No ifs, ands or buts, but most people in their right minds know the refreshing qualities this beer brings out. And I rarely find any beer ""refreshing," but that's often a matter of opinion.

The fact that this beer found it's way into ballparks nationwide and being able to go to many ballparks around the US and I still see this beer alongside some newer craft beer trends tells me that this beer itself will stand the test of time.
And just think you're not supporting a commercial brewer by drinking this beer. It may not be the next Heady Topper but at least most beer historians know enough to say "Thank you Fritz Maytag!"

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3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a white head. Smells of malts and light caramel. Takes of delicious slightly sweet malts, light citrus notes, and caramel. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. This is an excellent beer, one the the most refreshing I've ever had.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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