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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
6,018 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:
#10,072
Reviews:
2,057
Ratings:
6,018
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,283
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 6,018 |  Reviews: 2,057
Photo of ericj551
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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Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EBeckett3
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

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 FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Superb appearance with a three finger off-white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Clear amber body. Attractive looking brew.

Smells a little like a pale ale to me with a little bit of hops, a little citrus, but some light yeast aroma as well. Inviting aroma.

Light hops in the flavor. A little citrus, a small touch of sweet malt, a little bready yeast. A slightly bitter finish works for me.

Very well put together. It's different and I like it.

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Photo of twizzard
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AlvinLin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MJ64
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 maxcoinage
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of gandres
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass (no bottled on nor drink byn5D3 marking on bottle
Appearance: Amber with medium off white head, minimal lacing
Aroma: Malty
Taste: Bitter, very good follow through
Mouthfeel: creamy, a bit over carbonated
Overall: Very good beer
Drank: March 8, 2016

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 nicholas2121
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer brewed by Anchor Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This California Common pours out deep golden amber color with a slight off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. I really like the look of this brew. The smell of
Anchor Steam Beer, rich and Bold with grains and malts. There is also a mild bitterness of hops in the smell of this brew. There is alot going on in this brew so far. Now for the taste, it is Rich , And Bold with Flavors. You pick up on some nice grassy grains and malts, and a mild bitterness of hops. Really well balanced brew here. The body of this brew is really nice and heavy, not saying that is a bad thing. I like how smooth this brew goes down for how heavy it is. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Anchor Steam Beer is Bold, Heavy, Rich, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Anchor Steam Beer a 4.50 out of 5 . I would definitely look this brew up again. This is a fine drinking brew. If you are looking for something to change it up look this brew up. Anchor Brewing Company did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of DemoniChris
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JTuomi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

355 ml bottle (bb 1 2016) into a pilsner pokal. Clear pale amber color, three finger white foamy head with good retention and really nice spiral lacing.

Sweet malty smell. Soft and clean taste of grainy malt with a fruity note on the background, dry finish with a slight hop bitterness to balance the taste, moderately bitter hoppy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, soft and creamy mouthfeel, drinkable.

I happened to watch the episode of Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter about this brewery, having this beer in my fridge. The program gave a pleasant image about the brewer and I think that made this beer taste even better when I had it on the next evening. Good beer that tastes like a beer should. Nice looking bottle and label.

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Photo of Zraly
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice nutty, orange color with a slightly tannish head. Smells of candy, bubble-gum, and fruit leather. Fair lacing.

This beer is delicious. Bready notes with caramel hints that finish softly on the palate. Fully flavored, medium bodied. Semi-creamy, nutty character in the mouthfeel. Malty and clean. Slight lemony flavors and a subtle orange peel hop finish to compliment. The hops give the utmost, pleasantly dry finish. This beer has style.

What a beautiful thing. A real treat for any beer lover. I'm gonna try cooking with it.

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Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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