Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,981 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
Ratings:
5,981
Reviews:
2,047
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
1,257
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

The only beer I didn't finish on my Old Chicago World Beer Tour. I tried it about 2 years later, thinking it might have been a bad batch...it wasn't. My taste buds flip inside out to avoid the taste of Anchor Steam. Yecch!

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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1.12/5  rDev -71%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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1.25/5  rDev -67.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of surcorx
1.66/5  rDev -57%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance--This pours a deep golden amber color. Nearly no surface foam. Low carbonation--nearly flat. No lacing.

Aroma--Smells of slight carmel, malt and hints of a metal trash can. Smells like a dirty bar room floor. Sorry. A combination of puke and metal.

Taste--This was terrible. Actually one of the first beers I have ever stopped drinking. No skunking, but possibly it has gone bad. Unfortunately, there are no dates for freshness. That is their fault for not labeling as such. It was bought at a very good high volume store--Binny's in Chicago. I am willing someday to try again based on the favorable reviews of others. But if it has gone bad it speaks volumes to the importance of date labeling.

Mouthfeel--Watery, flat metallic- awful.

Drinkability--I stopped drinking it.

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1.68/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It has a strong hoppy taste

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1.7/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't like this beer...it taste way too bitter and sour for my taste. It's really unflavorful and one of the worst beers that I have ever had. I tried to at least give it some sort of love since it's a California thing but I just couldn't do it. Sorry but it's just not the best thing that I have ever drank for sure...

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1.76/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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1.92/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Anchor Steam. I thought I'd give it a try, because I overheard a few people talking about it during a recent visit to San Francisco. Here goes:

Appearance: It has a unique look. It pours a burnt-orange color that glows like the fluid in a lava lamp. Thin head that looks like the foam on a glass of iced tea.

Smell: I really couldn't smell anything at all.

Taste: I don't like the taste. Bitter, sour, acidic.

Mouthfeel: Average. Low carbonation, but still sort of crisp.

Drinkability: Nope.

For me, Anchor Steam is custom-made for the kind of beer drinker who orders one beer, takes a few sips, and talks about how great it is instead of actually finishing the bottle and ordering another. I can't understand why this beer gets such high ratings. I guess it's one of those "Emperor's New Clothes" things.

Tastes bad, overpriced, no big f***in' deal.

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1.95/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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1.96/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light amber brown color, small white head.
Aroma: Lightly toasted malt aroma.
Taste: Lightly roasted malt, somewhat smokey flavor. Very bitter harsh finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: This beer is a major disappointment. It miss the mark on every level. The aroma and taste only gave hints of roasted malts. While trying to infuse a hoppy finish, this brew ended up being a “bitter” mess.

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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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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