Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,945 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:
5,945
Reviews:
2,039
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
1,243
For Trade:
1
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Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Metallic copper in color with a quickly dissapating head. Smell in the bottle is kind of corny. Taste is very lager like with a little more carbonation. More malty than a lager, good carbonation and good tart finish. As a "common" beer it is very good. This is a good sessioner. Goes great with a steak. A good standby beer to keep on hand for your friends. Not exotic but different and more uncommon than common.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent hazy dark orange look. Shows a nice head that takes its time going away. The light seems to hit it juuust right. No lace.

Gives off a well-balanced pub ale smell. Has a great combination of the dry English malt and some flowery hops. Also has that trademarked smoky (steamy) aroma, like a BBQed beer.

The flavor is of a terrifically balanced pub ale taste, matching the parallel smells listed above. It does have an additional roasted malt, and more of that smokyness. Biscuity but has a *tiny* bitter finish.

It's slightly thick-feeling but smooth. No bite whatsoever, and thicker than you would think. It's a substantial ale but with a flowery -- and smoky -- depth. Very very good.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant amber body lies beneath the thin, off-white head upon pour.

The aroma is highlighted by malt and yeast. The malt is sweeter with barley as well.

Very good flavor featuring plenty of malt and barley as well as the hop bitterness the nose was missing as well as certain sweetness resembling either caramel or nut.

Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and all around very smooth.

I suppose this is the benchmark for the style, and quite a good one at that. This is a great beer, very refreshing, crisp, and just enough character, but nothing untraditional.

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Photo of ccozzi
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Icemann383
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricoslim
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker than anticipated and cloudy. Minimum head and certainly full bodied but somewhat bitter with an after taste that will not leave you alone..in a very positive way...Not a good brew for dinning as to its weight...but certainly a session beer...

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bottle an amber-copper color with a big off-white head head. A pleasant aroma consisting of fruity, caramel, malt character with a slight whiff of hops. The bitterness of the attacks the palate quickly but then retreats allowing the malt to come through with caramel, fruit and a bit of sugar. The beer leaves the palate dry with lingering bitterness. This is a good classic beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of mbw314
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Anchor Steam was from a dream as it was one of the first micro's along with Rogue's we took in, in the early 90's in the Oregon valley.

It was a good looking brew with an amber color and a 1-2 finger foam head with some wintery lacing. The aroma was malty with a fruity smell. The taste was creamy and bitter from the get go and had a caramel apple finish. The mouth feel was well carbonated and left some fruity bitterness on the tongue and back of the throat. Overall this is one that needs to be bought more often.

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Photo of TEdubbaD
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick beige head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Some pine hops and caramel malt in the nose.

T- Echoing the nose with a light hoppy bitterness and easy sweet malt finish. Balanced and soft with just enough flavor.

M- Light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Easy drinking with a nice balanced flavor.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of duvel1979
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hunteraw
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color, But wasn't poured into a good glass so not a whole lot else I can describe as far as appearance goes, I'm afraid. Nice looking bottle, though.

Tasted this with a cold, so I can't really comment on the smell, I haven't been able to smell much of anything the last few days...

Hops and molasses flavors come through strongest, but there's something else there that I haven't been able to place. It seems like every reviewer is calling it something different, but there's something interesting going on here...

Mouthfeel and drinkability are average, nothing particularly notable. Interesting beer, worth a tasting for sure.

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Photo of themind
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 5,945 ratings.
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