Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BA SCORE
69%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 5,992 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:
#9,297
Reviews:
2,049
Ratings:
5,992
Liked:
4,137
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
12.73%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
1,265
Trade:
1
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle

appearance: clear orange with lively carbonation and a weak one finger head that dissapeared really fast.

smell: caramel malts and nothing else. Found this very similar to some belgian beers despitethe fact that is brewed with lager yeast. Nice aroma.

taste: pretty much the same as the aroma, with a nice bitterness bite in the end of the sip.

mouthfeel: a bit watery and soft. Slight bitter aftertaste.

overall: nice brew, although not one I'd choose as a session beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber copper color with a 1" foamy head in my pint glass.

S - Not much nose to speak of but I've been drinking too many IPA's as of late so I think it's about right for this style. A bit malty and slightly sweet in the aroma with a faint alcohol aroma.

T - Not too bitter.. not too sweet.. but definitely on the more malty side. There is some hop bitterness but it's more of an earthy /fruity bitterness to me. Pretty much a 'down the middle' tasting beer - but it's not bad. This would be the perfect intro beer for BMC friends.

M - Clean tasting. For lack of a better term I'd say nice and smooth in the front and somewhat crisp in the back. That clean taste is something I enjoy with this style.

D - Definetly a sessionable beer and something I always have on hand for friends. I have no idea why I didn't review this earlier - I've had this sitting in my fridge for quite a while now. A good beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours golden-amber with an off-white head that quickly settles to form a ring with islands in the midst.

Liight sweet malt aromas, a hint of honey and lemon.

Very rich pale malt flavor, good hop bite, yeasty ripe banana and lemon finish.

Interesting combination of flinty sharpness with an almost creamy softness, well done!

This beer looks and smells good, and keeps getting better from there.

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Despite its availability, I hadn't gotten around to trying Anchor Steam before. We start off with a small head which fades quickly, but leaves some decent lacing. Nice coppery gold color. There's nothing especially striking about the nose; there are some floral scents, increasing as we near the bottom of the glass.

In the mouth, it's a bit thicker than I was expecting which is a nice surprise. This beer is very nicely balanced as the taste on the tongue alternates between the hops and the malt. There's a definite bitter note, but the taste really grew on me by the bottom of the glass.

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Poured from 40 degree bottle into pint glass.

Poured with white cap that quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the glass. Lacing quickly fell and all trace of head was gone before glass was empty. Color is pale amber with gold hue. Crystal clear and effervescent.

Aroma is faint and crisp – biscuit and caramel malt with very little detectable hops. Bits of fruity ester.

Mouthfeel is dry and thin. Heavy carbonation tingles and leaves a saltiness.

Taste is dry and caramel with raison notes. Finishes with noble-like alpha acid that lingers on back of tongue.

Overall: This is a crisp and refreshing beer that is definitely sessionable. Really stood out from the crowd of American Lagers during its time, but now is relatively non-distinct.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69% out of 100 with 5,992 ratings
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