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Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
6,019 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:
#10,098
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,019
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,283
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 6,019 |  Reviews: 2,057
Photo of gspeer711
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful amber color with a thick white head. nice carbonation as well. great color for a lager-style beer.

smells sweet, typical lager aroma but good.

taste is great, clean and crisp yet complex. nice full bodied lager. hard to believe it's only 4.9%; such good body and full tasting. goes down smooth, an easy drinker.

overall this is pretty damn good. i've only had 2 Steam Beers and i like them a lot. they are complex and full bodied lagers. glad i got to try the original steam beer.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/2013

A- Crystal clear copper pour with a finger width white head that leaves tracks and gobs of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweetness and biscuit smells from the malts with a touch of floral hops.

T- Biscuity malt taste, with a floral hop presence and a slight metallic note. Very good, very easy drinking. Lingering aftertaste.

M- Thin the medium bodied, light on the carbonation.

O- Very good, this isn't a huge seller in my area but that leaves more for me. Excellent beer to sit down and enjoy a couple per sitting.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marburg
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceedingly simple yet obviously refined brew. As with many Euro brews, you can taste the 100+ years of history and dedication that went into this beer.

Fairly clear orange-copper tone with an eggwhite head, tightly pulled together and with excellent retention. A solid ring with a nice film remains even after a lengthy meal spent slowing enjoying it. Aroma is faint and pleasantly simple. Distinctly natural, even herbal. Grainy flavor with a lively, massaging mouthfeel. Just a good, solid beer.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My old review of this beer was pure shit. It was back when I thought every beer had to be huge or insanely hoppy.

Just know this. Anchor Steam is a true American classic. It's everything Anchor intended it to be, and anyone that appreciates good beer should have one every once in a while to remind themselves of where the movement began (I know this isn't literally the first "craft" beer. Just one of the progenitors.)

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Photo of kkazemi
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of riversider76
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know I'm in the minorty,but I just did not like this beer. For me, it was way to creamy tasting. I thought the head was never going to go away. There has been a lot of hype about this beer,and I guess is was expecting more. It was average at best.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful brown beer with a nice copper and red tint to it. The bubbles give this an almost crystal-like appearance. Amazing layer of tan foam at the top that remains throughout the entire experience, as well as exceptional lacing. One of the best.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts and cinnamon with some faint citrus hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good hops up front and delicious sweet malts.

Drinkability: So refreshing. More like some sort of nectar of the gods than a beer. Actually, I guess that's the same thing...

Overall: A fantastic, refreshing, beautiful, and tasty beer. Grab a 6-pack and kickback on the porch for a bit.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MisterClean
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At homebrew club's hybrid and blonde style meeting.

A - Golden, orange head, dissipates, but a little bit still sticks to the glass. Nice.

S - Honey and malts.

T - Sweet up front with honey and malts, but slightly bitter.

M - Slightly bitter aftertaste. A little bit unbalanced.

D - Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of elricorico
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper colour(how's that for alliteration?) with a touch of off-white head. It smells good, seems to me that it has a citrus smell, with a baked bread aroma and a sweetness not unlike brown sugar.

Has a fresh citrus taste to start and a mild hop finish. Hints of sweetness within the starting, but nothing overpowering.

Decent mouthfeel. without heavy carbonation. Has a little bit of body to it, it doesn't feel thin. This beer is quite drinkable, when finishing one it seems that another is a good idea.

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

Nice to give such an apparently seminal beer a go.

Pours a light orange with good head/lacing.

Smell is of nice clean malt. Zesty orange marmalade. A little green apple.

Taste is more of the same clean orangey marmalade malt characters. As it warms I get more of a hop bite.

Mouthfeel is fairly palate coating yet crisp and readily cleanses itself from the palate upon the swallow.

Solid beer, holds up well in spite of its "classic" (and potentially outdated) status.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, nearly transparent amber with a substantial, fine bubbled head. Aromas of caramel malts and a touch of hops; not very expressive, but true to style. Rich, creamy, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Tastes of light fruitiness, citric hops, and dry, crackery malts at the finish. Very active toward the end. Lingers on the tongue a while. Overall, an extremely drinkable beer, understated but flavorful, that will pair well with lots of savory food -- pizza, sandwiches, burgers. Wonderful.

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Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, a nice clear copper with a good half inch white head, a little bit of lacing. Aroma is a bit faint, but a full maltiness with some fruits, some citrus in the hopping, its decent. Taste is classic, as good as a lager will get for me (because it kind of isn't). Nice medium body and good carbonation, its an extremely drinkable beer, balanced, clean, crisp, they really have it just right, it enjoys popularity for a reason.

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Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of olafphysics
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Inviting copper color with a thin white lace on top. Some malt and a bit of spice show up in the aroma. Mouthfeel has some stronger carbonation than I expected, but the taste is rather crisp and pleasantly bitter. This is a good lager with some surprising hop flavor. I enjoyed it!

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Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is clear, dark amber with a big, yellow-tan, foamy, active head that collapses crustily. It leaves soap-film runny lacing. Fruit and crackers in the nose. A fruity, bitter front. A light, fruity middle showing some caramel. A nutty, fresh, bitter finish. A little tea. Hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice, fresh, hoppy, light beer. A good dinner beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,019 ratings
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