Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,973 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:
5,973
Reviews:
2,044
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
1,253
For Trade:
1
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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color; very thin head
S: Caramel, grass and yeast. I'm not picking up any hops. Fairly light overall.
T: Crisp and bitter up front, then leads to grass & sulfur. Simple yet complex at the same time if that can happen.
M: Medium-bodied, extremely crisp.
O: Very refreshing. Classic style. I will definitely try more during the summer.

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Photo of Bali_hi
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Keg of anchor steam drank

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Photo of robinson31a
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- darker than most lagers with light head
- smell is pretty faint if any very mellow
- taste is crisp and refreshing with a beer lingering after
- very smooth and refreshing light carbonation is nice
- overall one of the better beers i have had in the lager style great drink,

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't really know why, but I just find it pretty awesome that this brewery developed their own beer, which eventually became a style all its own. Anyway, enough blabbing...Anchor Steam pours an attractive clear copper, with a smooth, thin white lace heading. Smell was somehwhat weak, but not bad at all. I picked up on some malty biscuit smells, along with a light touch of honey and carmel. Taste was very bitter, with the dark carmel and honey flavors showing up somewhere in the middle. Not too carbonated or big on the hops, but the malt bitterness makes up for it. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and very easy to drink. I see this beer as being somewhat of an acquired taste. This is my second sampling of the beer, and I have to say that I like it a whole lot more then my first time around. Its one that seems to keep growing on you.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No born on date. Ah the legendary Anchor Steam beer. Truly an American classic. Love the bottle shape and art.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a large bubbly head. Lots of carbonation is apparent as tons of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Lots of lacing.

S - Hops, some yeast, and sweet malt. The hop smell is spicy.

T - Hops with a good balancing sweet malt presence. The bitterness is prevalent like that of a pilsner-esque hop spiciness, which is rather nice. Earthy flavors follow. Finishes with a lasting bitterness and some lemon flavors.

M - Crisp, light to medium body. Carbonation is in check with the style.

O - Very balanced and drinkable, I could and certainly have had a number of these in a sitting. A great session beer no matter the occasion.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with compact, fleeting head. Aroma is noticeable but hard for me to pin down. The taste is not hard to pin down--bitter but in a unique sort of way. Bitterness lingers, but it's a trademark for Anchor Steam.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 5LO. I've only had this a couple of times and it has to be 6 or 7 years since I had it last. A friend of mine asked me to pick some up for him, so I got some for myself as well.
A - brilliant amber colored body with a frothy off-white head that holds excellent retention leaving thick lacing on the glass as it slowly fades down
S - very earthy; pale malt, and yeast in the nose as well
T - yeast, pale malt, earthy & spicy hops,
M - medium body, very creamy and smooth, finishes dry with moderate bitterness
O - an American classic, but I've never been that crazy over it. Good to come back to, but I bet it will be a long while before I come back to it again.

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Photo of tpauer
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjvie
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of auxiliary
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance -Copper color, with a nice white head and lacing.

smell - Citrus smell to it. amd some malt.

taste - Has a fruit tate to it, little dry, and slight bitter at the end.
mouthfeel medium body

drinkability - Great beer, had this on tap at a new place that opened up. Nice beern selection too.

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Photo of zac16125
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mug
no bottling dates


A: Light amber, crystal clear, lots of carbonation bubbles, 2plus fingers width of dense slightly off-white colored head builds quickly and has great retention. Leaves a ton of lacing. 4.5

S: Malty, caramel, sweet, bread yeast, very subtle hop spice. 3.5

T: More hops than on the nose, with bitterness, floral notes, and some hop spice. Lots of malty characters, particularly caramel malt. Very nice lager combo of malts and hops. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Solid beer. Nothing spectacular but hits most of when I look for in a solid lager style beer. 3.75

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Photo of jamesroses
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle

appearance: clear orange with lively carbonation and a weak one finger head that dissapeared really fast.

smell: caramel malts and nothing else. Found this very similar to some belgian beers despitethe fact that is brewed with lager yeast. Nice aroma.

taste: pretty much the same as the aroma, with a nice bitterness bite in the end of the sip.

mouthfeel: a bit watery and soft. Slight bitter aftertaste.

overall: nice brew, although not one I'd choose as a session beer.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a medium gold in the glass with a half-finger head that dissipates in time and no lacing to speak of. On the nose, it's very withdrawn and weak, maybe a slight dried fruit presence, but it's very weak. On the tongue it's an explosion of flavor compared to the nose, dates at the front, a deep sweetness followed by a lighter citrus on the back of the tongue, lingering for a long while. Truly one of the better tastes I've experienced, and a total shock after the weak nose. In the mouth it's a wide and shallow feel, quite carbonated and fuzzy on the extremities. It's almost too distinctive to drink one after another, but it would be decent for a few.

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Photo of erjaq
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to force the issue of an unfrosted pint glass for this bottled version in a beer bar that does a great job with its draft versions. Having noted that, it was a surprise to me that I could barely raise a single finger of ivory head over the clear amber body on this beer. Perhaps it was just too cold overall. In any case, it did not keep even the minimal head nor did it do any lacing to speak of. It did, however, have a delightfully robust nose that spoke volumes of malt and hints of hops. The taste started full of the malt and sweetness, but finished surprisingly bitter. The aftertaste seemed to moderate the bitterness with a final dry sense. An enjoyable beer that I could enjoy more than one to a sitting. The final strong nose is caramel malt as the brew warmed.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'd like to go back and try this again, because I remember it being just okay and want to give it another chance. It tastes more like a lager than it does like an ale, but given how uncommon the style (steam beer) is now, it very well could have different tastes based on that.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in both look and taste. Sweet and bready in both smell and flavor. Very simple and clean.

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Photo of arini10
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a touch of ruby. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice light nose of caramel and biscuit.

Heavy light bodied with a touch of creamy texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is reasonably intense, fairly well balanced and slightly complex. It begins with a moderate earthy bitterness that slowly fades to a mild caramel and biscuit sweetness. The middle has a slight lemon zest like citrus note. The finish is a slow fade of earthy and zest bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of samEBC
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PCBrewski
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johlac66
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,973 ratings.
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