Original Wheat - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by Huffs:
Photo of Huffs
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice, medium to full head, white, with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a clear with a golden color. Aroma had notes of fruit, banana, grass and bread. Nice and mild taste with notes of yeast, grain and bread with some slight fruit notes. Nice medium to creamy mouth feel with a crisp and dry aftertaste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean amber, with a nice tri-finger head of bone-white suds. Big, loopy tree-line lacing.

Aroma: Malty grains and a touch of fruitiness, and a hint of spices underneath it all.

Taste: Fruity and malty up front, with some spice coming in near the finish. An easy-to-drink and enjoyable brew. Maybe not an earth-shaker, but one I could enjoy anytime nonetheless.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two-finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light bicuit malt, wheat, faint citrus. Flavor of sweet biscuit malt, faint citrus, wheat and bittering hops, finishes with light wheat and dry biscuit malt. Light bodied with good carbonation. A kind of odd beer, seems to lean closer to a light lager or steam beer in character, but has light wheat ale characteristic in the finish. A nice drinking light beer, but not what I would gravitate towards if looking for a wheat ale. Like most Anchor products, well made and pleasant, but rather mild.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear and golden with ample carbonation. A small one finger white head develops but recedes quickly. A light halo remains and lightly laces the glass.

S- Sweet malts, apple. pear. A hop bitterness way, way behind.

T- The apple and pear sweetness comes right at you immediately and with authority. An earthy malt flavor as well.

M- The mouthfeel is a little gritty. A medium bodied brewski with a good carbonation feel. Dry and drinkable.

O- This is a very drinkable wheat ale with a great feel. Powerful sweet fruit flavors. Although a little too sweet for me. Good for a summer picnic at the beech.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, head is bright white and presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a top.

Aroma is quite fruity, lemon and other citrus, malt presence is light wheat and touch of biscuit.

Taste is more wheat flavored as it warms, with a citrus presence and fruitiness from the fermentation.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp from the carbonation, with some lingering light sourness from the citrus like fruitiness

Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into SA Perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a clean caramel amber color with golden highlights. Head is bright white, soft and thick. A thick a fuzzy film stuck around and lasted the whole beer through. Minimal lace.
S: Toasted grains, light nose as expected. Vague sweetness.
T: Very mellow flavors of creamy wheat, toasted grains and mild earthy hops. Slight citrus in the finish with an apple juice sweetness.
M: Exceptionally fluffy and creamy mouthfeel with some of the softest carbonation I've come across.
O: Better than I expected. Better than Anchor Summer. Great mouthfeel and flavor. Hope they release this more regularly.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Billed as a rebrew of an old Anchor beer that was originally created in 1984. This beer is only available as part of the Anchor Craft Originals pack.

Bottled 8/13/13.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, and some citrus and grass hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, biscuit, grass, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice balance between the wheat and hops making for a tasty and easy to drink experience.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3SX (September 24, 2013)

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head with tight bubbles. Leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice fruity notes stand out the most, including apple and pear. Some light sweetness behind the fruits with a nice wheaty malt background

T: Starts off with a mild sweetness and the fruitiness. Goes slowly into a very nice malted wheat presence with sweet grains and a hint of the barley. Finishes clean and lightly estery

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp

O: A simple yet very enjoyable wheat beer. Easy to drink and is very refreshing. Too bad this only comes in the mixed 12-pack, because this could be a solid go-to in the summer

Photo of rangerred
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger soapy white head. Head retention is ok due to the abundant carbonation but there is absolutely no lacing at all.

Aroma is light and citrusy with lemon rind and orange peel. A little bit of soft vanilla and bread coming through too. Maybe a touch of grass.

The flavor is on the light side with lemon dominating but allowing some orange to sneak through. More lightly baked bread and that same vanilla note that I was picking up in the aroma. Seltzer-like mouthfeel with a tad bit of sweetness in the finish.

Overall, I can see how this might have been groundbreaking in 1984 but in today's world, it just doesn't really cut it. A bit weak and uninteresting. It is drinkable, though, and a fairly enjoyable brew.

Photo of DIM
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah crap, I thoughy this was a hefe.

a: Bright, clear golden; pours with a thick, sticky head.

s: Faintly sweet grains, vague apple and pear, some earthy hops.

t: Mirrors the smell; sweet wheat and pear with a trace of lingering, bitterness.

m: Wet and fizzy.

o: Meh.

Photo of McStagger
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass since I don't own a Weizen glass.

A: Fairly conservative pour still gave a monster head. Three fingers of dense, rocky foam. Ample carbonation in the beer itself. Bright golden/dark straw in color. Absolutely stellar retention. Annoyingly so, as I don't want a nose full of foam on my first sip.

S: Lightly sweet. Pale malts, light lemony citrus. Definite sweet biscuit. Getting light orange notes.

T: Light sweetness up front. Graham and honey. Some stone fruit, with a very mild hint of candy/bubblegum. Light bitterness, with more of the apple coming through. Finishes a bit grainy, with the fruit and honey sweetness coming back through.

M: Medium bodied. The carbonation didn't quite vitalize this like I thought it would. Slightly malt/alcohol heavy.

O: Decent. Not great. Wish brewers would stop putting tasting notes on the bottles. Also, fix your rating system Anchor.

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Original Wheat from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.