Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

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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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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce stubby bottle into a small glass

Appearance: Pours a golden brown color with a finger thick head that quickly diminishes.

Smell: Very weak smell. I smelled subtle corn and even weaker citrusy fruits.

Taste: Moderate hop backbone that gives way to a burnt toast aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds (couldn't come up with a better description). Citrus comes into the aftertaste as the beer warms up. Its a pretty good taste, nothing dominates, but nothing special stands out about it either.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good. The beer feels a little thin as it is going down, but as I have not had other examples of this style I am not sure if that is normal.

Drinkability: Though I would probably not consider this a session beer or anything close to that, it is an interesting beer with interesting qualities. I would have this beer again if it was available, but it is not going to be my new fall back beer.

Notes: I have never had a California Common/Steam Beer before, but this example is pretty good. I would recommend at least trying it, as it is a historic brew and a solid beer of its style (apparently).

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear, golden orange color, with white medium foam.

Nose has notes of caramel, and anise. Flavor is sweet and dry, with caramel, dried fruit, little bitterness.

Not too fizzy.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A staple beer that I will never turn down. Coined by NOFX in a song:

Our protagonist named Bill
Sets his sights on an anchor steam pint
All he needs is thirteen quarters
Congregated in his hat...

It smells earthy and a little bit stale, but after tasting it and enjoying the bread and butter mouthfeel, you can forgive the scent. It is perfect for a cooldown after an autumn bbq. I really love this stuff. Best on Tap at an Old Chicago with a slice of pepperoni pizza.

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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Along with the Franziskaner, one of the bests readily available beers you can buy. Anchor Steam pours a very nice red amber color along with a off white head that sticks around till you finish your pint. That ante's up the respect right there! The smell is floral and has an awesomely balanced complexion of hoppy bitterness and malt. Reminds me a lot of a Sam Adams Boston Lager, but with more flavor and craft. The taste is orgasmic in words. Has a carmel-like initial flavor and then heeds way to the malt, which is quite sweet. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy, makes you think twice about it being a lager! Drinkability is that of a hefe in my opinion, very smooth and balanced. The steaming process leaves it wickedly smooth, and I love it! Anchor pretty much re-invented this style of beers from the grave, and it’s added quite a unique beer to the styles of beer from around the world. It has the character of a hefeweizen and Vienna lager, which is a good mix to go with! Very tasty indeed.

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

apearance is a hazy copper with glints of red along the edges. medium head that didn't last all too long, nearly no lacing, but that could be due to the fact i'm drinking this in a brandy snifter.

aroma is quite sweet, with nothing i can put my finger on exactly showing up. nose is thick, and has almost a bit of copper smell; not in a bad metallic kind of way, but, something that complements the colour.

flavourful, nice malts with a pinch of hops. once again, i can't pin anything down in the flavour, except for a bit of caramel when it is rather warm. the taste reminds me a lot of an oktoberfest.

Fine beer, unique certainly (to what i have had), and better than I was expecting. Try it if you have not yet.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HEAR THEE HEARTHEE, i'm drunk on this beer...

Most of these fellows don't even know what type of beer their reviewing.
This beer uses lager yeast and was brewed at ale temperatures! Unique genre! STEAM, not ale, not lager, but the best of both worlds. Flavorful and clean and refreshing. The only important atribute with this beer is its exquisite balance of hops and malt. This balance carries through to every facet of the tasting process. The end result is lots of flavor and lots of drinkability. A middle of the road beer that is sure to satisfy most who don't prefer one extreme or another. My personal review on the brand- Anchor owns the rights to the name "STEAM." This is like owning the word "ale." This is absurd and usually unnoticed, so if you can find a steam beer of equivelant quality, buy IT instead. I love this beer with all of my heart. Too bad it costs $8 a six!

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with the bottling code printed on the back of the label. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a medium amber with a large, creamy, off-white head. It is mostly clear with adequate carbonation. The head hangs on for quite awhile and leaves plenty of lacing. The nose is of toasty, grainy malts and woody, herbal hoppiness. There are also underlying caramel notes as well. The flavor is as advertised by the aroma, the first half is dominated by the lightly toasted, grainy malts and the latter half brings in the herbal hops and a touch of fruitiness. The hoppiness lingers just a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry texture and just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is a very enjoyable session beer. It is the hallmark of the style and the standard by which all others in the style are measured. It is extremely easy drinking and the flavor is well balanced and substantially full. For sure, this is one of my favorite session beers.

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

Bottle poured a clear burnt orange, with a lovely frothy head with nice retention. Smell of sweet grains, hint of raisin. Flavors of caramel and malt is nicely balanced with somewhat bitter hops, but hops aren't real noticeable, they simply hold back the sugars and balance everything, providing a kind of dry finish. This is so unique and very good. I love this beer. It is very versitile. By that I mean it is hard to pigeonhole into a category. I think it could satisfy many different style palates. Very well made and a classic in my house. Thanks Wal-Mart for the fresh sixer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 6,033 ratings
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