Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

very good
5,961 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pajfuwen
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCMan
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a deep copper color that was lighter around the edges. A big fluffy head was generated and faded slowly while lacing the glass. The aroma is very subtle. Flavor is crisp with nice hop character. Finish is dry and clean. Leaves your mouth watering until the next sip. It's no secret why Anchor is a strong player in the market they virtually created. It makes for a great session beer. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with offwhite head.
S: Kind of faint smell of malts and alcohol. Not a big nose. Maybe some caramel.
T: Malty with pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Rice, honey, a faint buttery tone. A bit metallic (not flawed).
M: Carboration with tiny bubbles. Just below medium body.

This is not the kind of beer that "attacks" your buds, rather one that grows on you.

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Photo of lionking
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of one of their big bottles into a pilsner glass. Nice copper color. You can smell and taste the sweet malt. A lot of lagers look and smell nice but I think what sets Anchor Steam apart is its taste and finish. No after taste. Well done. Should have bought two.

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Photo of Gilly1980
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Tabni
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of matzah
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Peter
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of WeisenForEisen
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kevinm2342
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Tapioju
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hooligan
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap, this beer has been fairly consistent, and one of my favorite summertime brews. The crispness of this beer makes it a easy drinking one. The bottled is very good, but as others have stated, can be quite inconsistent, with a metallic, stale, almost oxygenated taste to it...

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden amber color with a thick foam head that recedes quickly, leaving sticky lacing along the edge of the glass.

Smells lightly of hops and fruit.

On your first taste you get bitterness, but not an overwhelming amount. Very smooth on the tongue. Immediately after the bitter there is a sweet taste and I could detect hints of citrus fruit and caramel on the tongue.

Very solid beer. I could drink this beer frequently (and have been known to).

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Photo of zuggy9
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me and I was quite happy about it. It pours a dark amber with a little head and some crowning after it thins. The smell is very woody with subtle malt and hops. The taste is rather light, but with some good hops and is quite dry. It's fairly medium-bodied and refreshing. Very drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of unionturf
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like said before, I too tried this before (a few years ago) and was not impressed. I guess with ago I now know better. :) I enjoyed a few tonight in a Sam Adams glass and was very impressed. at $10 a 6 pack it better be good and I will be adding this as a regular in my rotation!!

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Photo of Lillenk
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice clear yet brownish color.

Smell was sort of lacking. Not much there at all.

Taste was pretty ok. Not a whole lot happening. A lot lighter body and flavor than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel was nice and because it was way lighter than expected, it was very easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,961 ratings.
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