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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Pours huge pale yellow seafoam head with low stick and good retention. Slightly hazy copper body.

Smell - Banana. Corn meal. Mild muskiness.

Taste - Corn and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Light, fluffy. Almost creamy but the alcoholic astringency washes prevents it from showing much. Somewhat sticky.

Overall Drinkability - This is the grandaddy of Steam Beers, so it almost can't get a bad grade here since I'm rating by style. It's somewhat enjoyable but despite even my infatuation with the city of San Francisco, I cannot convince myself to say this is a particularly good beer. Good in style, perhaps, but overall I don't find it all that special. Except for the fact that I first had this beer on my honeymoon in SF. But even nostalgia can't sway me here.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a two finger light and foamy head. Dissipates to a nice cap and lacing that clings to the sides.

S - Malt with a spiced fruit, almost like an apple cider. A mild citrus in the background.

T - Sweet caramel at first, followed by a lightly sour apple, decent breadiness as well. Slight bitterness from the hops as well.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation, nice and crisp.

O - A pretty decent beer, which one would expect from a signature beer like this. My only dislike is a sourness that seems to stick through the aftertaste. Still, a nice flavor that flows with the feel well.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear amber with a bit of white head.

Smell is heavy on the malt side with a touch of fruitiness. Grains and cereal come through with a little sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with layers of malt fading into a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard and well carbonated.

Overall this is a decent flagship beer from Anchor. I'm anxious to see what else they have.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a medium amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: The smell is good and maltly but is not that strong. If there was more to it with more hoppy character then it would be fantastic.

T: The taste is great. This is one of the first great beers that I had so I will always like this beer. There is significant hop, citrus, malt, and caramel flavors present in this beer and the do a good job at balancing each other out.

M: The mouthfeel is good. There is average viscosity but the carbonation bumps up the rating on the mouthfeel of this beer.

O: This is a very good beer and if you have the opportunity to buy this beer (preferably on tap) then do so.

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3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam pours a bright copper with a nice but small white head. The aroma is light and slightly caramel malt, with a slight, fruity tinge. The flavor is nicely malty without being too sweet. There is a nice, bready, buscuity malt character. More caramel, and some slightly dark, raisiny fruitiness are balanced by a mild hop bitterness. Some mild herbal hops pop through in the finish. There is an odd, slightly sour, estery flavor in the finish.

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4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flagship beer from an iconic brewery. This pours a autumn-straw burnt toast color with a generous amount of foam. Great nose, with a muted maltiness. I pick up a light malty sweetness with a bit of a dark biscuit on the taste. The effervescence keeps it light, with a crisp, dry finish. An old favorite and a classic standby.

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