Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
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
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
1,325
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,076 |  Reviews: 2,075
Photo of ShaunSolo
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eppie82
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tstromer
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer with a light amber color with a quick dessipating off white head. Has a malty scent, and tasted a little grassy. A kinda unique lager that i wasnt expecting. Im glad i tried it, but honestly not a big fan of the style.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Kolsch glass, cause I had one. Golden brown color with moderate fisheye head, some lacing. Smell is slight malt, slight grassy hops, fairly delicate. Taste is more hop bitterness than I would expect from the smell, spice and biscut, lots of carbonation, not much hop flavor. Overall more flavorful than a larger, less Kick than a IPA, wouldn't call it sessionable, but could drink two in a sitting.

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Photo of scott_qua_scott
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a clear amber with a substantial, fluffy, straw-yellow head. Solid.

Smell: Malty and sweet, a little spicy, and more hops than I expected on the nose. A real classic "beer" smell.

Taste: Clean and slightly floral upfront, resolving to a bright, spicy, malty flavor mid-palate, and finishing rich and biscuity/bready. Really excellent, and not similar to many other beers. I can understand its mass appeal based on taste alone.

Feel: I recall having some Steam poured from a tap a while ago and thinking it was rather thin, but I've just poured this one from a bottle and it feels more substantial. Either way, this is a lagerish beer, so the feel is appropriate for the type. It's highly carbonated, too, and that's really nice--the fizz makes it almost like a savory soda.

Overall: This was my first beer from Anchor, but it won't be my last! It has a lot of the qualities you get from other regional beers that have blown way up (think Fat Tire or Spotted Cow), chief among which qualities is a very pleasant drinkability coupled with enough character to retain street cred with the craft beer set. Steam is unique, it's *really* tasty, and it's now my go-to session beer. If you haven't tried one, go get it. It's out there.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange golden color with a white head. Not much lacing. Smell is malty sour. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. Overall, would make a good summer beer.

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Photo of bluemac
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samz0rp
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

has a nice sourness to it but is expensive for what you get. i really want to love it but the price point of $2.40 per 355 ml is a tad much. otherwise its a great beer and a shining example of a California common brewed in California.

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Photo of Nass
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is the first and last california common style of beer for me. I notice that a lot of people seem to like this beer, but I don't maybe there is something seriously wrong with me. It just taste funny to me & is not my cup of tea I guess. Cheers! C- (70-74) score range

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Photo of Melcirb
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhodgert
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zstamper
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of heyabbott
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strohm
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickbiker1
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Demi
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of between
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review here... just wanted to start writing thoughts down, call it a public beer journal, if you will.

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If I were to one day become a rich man, this west-coast brew would be a fine one to stock up on and leave around for myself and others to enjoy at leisure. It has a strong mouth feel and depth of flavor coming in at a decent 4.9%. Crisp, refreshing, dependably solid... and enjoyable - always feels like I want to have another one!

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

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

There is only one way to drink this beer. It is when you are young, jobless and in a true bar on Geary near Union Square. And the beer somehow makes you forget your resume is third rate, you have no connections in this sweet town, your cash is gonna run out in about 10 days and those suits in the hotel closet only make you look like a fool. This beer tastes perfect right then...33 years ago and 3,000 miles from a friend. Perfect. Anchor on Geary. I bet that bar is long gone, not the style for the jackasses who have ruined that city. That's what this beer is...

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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. '7SE' is marked on bottle label.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Off white head settles to scattered islands/ring. Scattered spots and medium webs of lacing.
More delicate aroma of light malt, caramel, some dried fruit, floral/woody hops.
Lighter taste of light malt, caramel, dark dried fruit of raisin/prune. Floral hops really fill out the taste profile.
Appropriate medium mouth feel for the aroma/taste profiles.
Classic, solid approach to an American craft beer. A real departure from American lagers from years past, and still a treat to the present.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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