Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
5,999 Ratings
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 Vdubb86
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Pours a nice clear orange amber color with a finger of moderately evaporating ecru head. The aroma is of lime citrus as well as more of a corn syrupy smell along side of the general malty properties that are seen. The taste is both nice and rich in malt character. It is however quite abrasive in regards to the flavor. There is a lemon rind citrus flavor that provides both bitter and astringent properties to the flavor that I don't much care for. The mouthfeel is good as well as the beer is fairly good to drink once you are able to get past the astringent citrus. It's an interesting style. Not probably one of my favorites, but you can't argue with the inventors of the style so it's not all that bad.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a beautiful foamy head.

Smell: A toasty smell with an almost buttery hint about it. Slight spicy hoppiness about it. Very pleasing aroma, but might take a couple tries to sense it well.

Taste: A toasty flavor and a buttery finish- expected from the smell. A nice hop bitterness about it that balances things out very well.

Mouthfeel: Good body, not too thick or thin. Carbonation is hard to detect right off, but it is definitely not flat.

Drinkability: If I was told that this is the only beer I would be allowed to drink for the rest of my life, I think I would be ok with that.

This is a beer I had been looking for for a while now and I happened to stumble upon it at a Kroger in Roanoke, VA. I picked it up and it was better than I expected- without a doubt one of my favorite brews. This could be enjoyed by both beer geeks and newbies alike.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer received from liamt07 in september 2010. Cheers!

Color is copper, clear. Slightly effervescent. Nice foamy head on top. Looks creamy. Aroma is malty with a light touch of hops in the background. First sip, I get my first impression which is smooth. Light fruits with some malts in there too. The bitterness is light, however it lingers in the mouth even though it is not very strong.

Medium body. A nice session beer. Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

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

355 ml bottle, Hort's bar, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a very large white foamy head which settles down after a while. Strong carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - malts, yeasty. Taste - Malts predominate, caramel with a dry hopped bitter finish. Taste belies its lowish ABV. Certainly different and would see out again.

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Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of dedbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of cypressbob
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, served at the kings head belfast

Pours with a dirty amber body, fizzy tan head forms

Smell, aromatic and hoppy, floral, not disimilar to the liberty ale but less powerful

Taste, nice mix of malt and hops, pretty well rounded. Hop bitterness. Perhaps slightly too carbonated

A good little beer, not on par with the liberty ale but none the less, might have been served a little too cold in the bar i had it in

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Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A = A very nice, clear orange amber color, with a small off white head consisting of mostly small bubbles and interspersed with medium bubbles. Head is not huge and does not remain overly long but a think covering of bubbles remains well into the glass. As head recedes there is a small amount of lacing but that is not a prominent artifact on the glass by the of it.

S = Clean scents of a hay field, very light traces of pines, turf, fresh turned soil, some evanescent smells of fresh soap not as in an antiseptic, but more of a clean refreshing type of smell.

T = The tastes closely track the smells but with perhaps a bit more floral qualities. The basic bready, grain tastes are there, along with some amount of twang reminiscent of citrus (orange and lemon) but not quite, good long dry finish.

M = Light to medium-light body, good mouthcoating, sparkling carbonation feel.

O = This is a really good standard beer type of beer. A great tasting, easy drinking beer appropriate for just about any occasion.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-17-14, poured into a shaker pint glass. Clear reddish gold color, one finger white thick head, pretty good retention and nice lace. Aroma is malty, with some light grassy notes. Taste was malty, like the aroma, with some peppery flavors and just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly light, but very crisp, almost dry. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, quenched my thirst very nicely.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of wyatt13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of steveh
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another old stand by, a good choice from the early days of the craft beer revolution that I turn back to now and again.

A -- Clear, amber with a thick, off-white head that holds up very well and leaves some good lacing as it settles.

S -- Bitter hops up front with some biscuit to nutty malts fighting to balance. Vague citrus esters blending with both hops and malts for that warm-fermented character.

T -- The fruit esters hit first followed by a mix of the biscuit malts and citrus hop character. Finishes with the bitter hops at the back of the mouth and lingering breadiness on the tongue. Even some slight diacetyl with warmth.

M -- Medium body with a mouthfeel that starts soft and finishes crisp.

D -- There's a reason this beer has been around as long as it has, it has a great, complex character, but doesn't overwhelm with too much -- it goes down nicely and leaves you wanting to try more.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 5,999 ratings
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