Anchor Steam

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Type: California Common
  • Brewed by: Anchor Brewing Company
  • Availability: Year-Round
  • Additional beer information
  • Region Available: USA
  • Aroma: Malty
  • Aroma Description: Light
  • Serve at Temperature: Cool
  • Container: Shaker Pints and Tumblers
  • Website: http://www.anchorbrewing.com
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  • 16 
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  • 4.90% 
  • 1524/3686 
Commercial Description
San Francisco's famous Anchor Steam is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber color, thick creamy head, and rich flavor all testify to Anchor Brewing's traditional brewing methods.
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Reviews: 16

  • Oct 18, 2010
    Peccavi (15)Rank: Beer Amateur
    3.6
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    Good looking beer that I have had many times. Nice amber color with a thin lacy head. It has a sour flavor, sour with lasting bitterness. It is a decent non-heavy beer that is a beer I reach for in every bar.
  • May 17, 2010
    Shrews629 (42)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Beer Heaven
    4.3
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    Creamy, frothy, two-fingered, milkshake type of a head that had tremendous lacing and really hung around on the glass. I smelled sweet caramel immediately and got a slight hint of some floral hops with backgrounds of an earthy/herbal aroma. I tasted the sweet caramel first and also got a splash of pine. Nice bitter aftertaste that really stuck around on the tongue. Medium/chewy mouthfeel that was very smooth and really coated the palate. I really like this beer a lot. One of my favorites. Another beer that I could drink during any season.
  • May 10, 2010
    nuggytbok (19)Rank: Beer Novice
    2.9
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    This is a perfectly decent beer. Richer and deeper than a lager, but not as flavorful as some better ambers. Hoppiness fall short compared to a lot of ales.

    Seems to me it would be a nice beer for lager drinkers to use as a spring board to ales and other craft beers.
  • Mar 20, 2010
    fr0005 (1)Rank: Beer Novice
    3.6
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    Just revisited this classic and quickly reminded myself how unique and enjoyable this brew is. Didn't detect much in the nose, but just wait until it hits the palate. Very easy to drink, with a very subtle fruit (peach?) rounding out the near perfectly balanced taste.
  • Jan 14, 2010
    Jay17k (8)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Fall beer lovers
    4.6
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    Anchor Steam is a great west coast hoppy beer. Not to overpowering, the caramel color of the beer is refreshing to look at. When you take the beer into perspective though (especially those IPA lovers) - you'll find that the aftertaste of this beer resonates throughout the palate in a delightful manner.

    Rather than cringe at the taste, it welcomes another sip or two. I found that while it wasn't easy to "chug" the beer like light beers, it certainly left me wanting more of it (in a good way).

    I would recommend if you haven't tried this beer at least give it a go around.