Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
5,999 Ratings
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of spointon
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I home brewed a batch of California Common and realized I had never reviewed the the original Steam Beer. Poured form the unique fat/stubby 12oz brown Anchor bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a slightly hazed orange/copper color with a fairly thin 3/8" rocky off white head. Tons of lingering carbonation release. Not much in the way of head retention or lace.

S= Almost a lager-like malt sweetness in the nose, followed by a rustic earthy/woody hop note.

T= Completely mimics the nose. Malty sweetness, including some light caramel notes, lead into a blast of hops. Bitterness was firm, and the hop flavor was earthy and dank with hints of citrus and to a lesser extent pine. Finished dry and puckering.

MF= Medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation level that stops short of feeling sharp.

D= Very drinkable and just so damn unique. The original of its style and arguably still the best example.

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1.5/5  rDev -61%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of D11
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from bottle into tulip

A- amber orange color with a one finger head that doesnt last long.

S- mostly malt. some yeast. this smelled close to what a 'regular' beer smells like.

T- taste followed the smell. i was rather dissapointed in the taste. was mainly kind of malty but rather runny and not enough flavor for me. if i wanted to drink a 'regular' beer or a 'lite' beer , this is just a notch above.

M- mouthfeel was probably the best thing i liked about this beer.

O- i did not enjoy this beer. maybe because i was expecting something different. i doubt ill buy it again but there may be some that will like this style. tastes like all the other beers out there i used to drink before i got into craft brew. i kinda feel like i would of enjoyed it more from the bottle perhaps.

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Photo of mummbearsfan
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer drinking alone is aggressively both hoppy and malty at the same time. If feels like drinking an ESB at times but pairing it with rich foods cut the hoppiness out.

The aroma of caramel malts hits you right away thinking that this beer will be smooth but trying the first sip you get nailed with both the hops and the malts.

This is something I would drink again and recommend to others and have with rich fatty foods to cut the hoppiness down.

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Photo of TobiasGoth
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear and effervescent amber/light brown with traces of blood red in it. One finger off-white head. A fizzy but fast settling beer.

Loads of rich malt, then some light and elegant hops, followed by limey sensation. It’s a sweet and sour story really.

Sweet malts firstly, bitter and astringent secondly. There’s a note of orange seeds too.

A light to medium corpus, balanced and normal amount of carbon dioxide, very much a presence though. A buttery smooth liquid.

Known as a California Common, with it’s characteristic Norther Brewer hops, Anchor Steam Beer is Anchor Brewing Company’s flagship product.

I remember enjoying my very first bottle during the summer of 2002 at Fisherman’s Wharf, travelling through the state of California. There was a big old sea gull sitting next to me, watching as I drank the brew.

Many years and beers have passed ever since and although it’s never been a favorite of mine it’s a damn good lager that I enjoy occasionally.

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Photo of IPA35
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ale with a small white head.

Smells nice, dark malts, bitter hops (American but could be British) and some raisins I think.

A nice tasty brew, not overly complex but nice and drinkable. Its got the malts, it got the hops. Some slightly dark and bready malts and the hops are quite earthy not unlike a British bitter but more mild. I am not getting much fruitiness or sweetness.

As it warms up it becomes a pleasant and mellow beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/thin with just enough carbonation (could be the glass).

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent deep orange, two finger head.

S-Some wheat and spices not much else, caramel as it warms

T-Wheat, spices a little clove, sweet. Like the nose caramel as warms

M-Light with decent carbonation.

O-Better than the SN Beer Camp, but still nothing there that wows me or would keep me coming back.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 5,999 ratings
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