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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 595
Hads: 1,287
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.67/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 fl. oz bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a fairly light brown colour with what looked like a fair amount of carbonation. Head was white and frothy and fairly loose. Disappeared very quickly. Left small amount of lacing.

Nose was quite nice. Malty with some toffee and caramel. Some banana coming through.

Palate was very light - not what I was expecting. A little malt and a nice banoffee flavour appearing on the front of the mouth only - not particularly well rounded.

Mouth was disappointing; quite light and lagery. Strong, loose carbonation.

Finish was light with very faint bitterness and dryness.

Overall quite a nice beer if a little lightweight. Not particularly complex or interesting but quite enjoyable nontheless. Easy-drinking but those looking for real flavour or complexity will be disappointed.

Recommended for drinkers of the style.

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Photo of Beric
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 17 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the can, so I can't really comment on the beer itself, but the can branding is great.

Smell: Cloying malt sweetness along with banana esters and notes of bitter orange peel.

Taste: Similar to the nose in the sense that there are the traditional wheat beer banana notes and coriander/orange peel notes common to most American pale wheat beers. The sweetness is definitely there as well. There is also somewhat of an astringent graininess to this beer which brings it down a few notches in my book.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and high carbonation. Quaffable.

Overall: A typical summer beer- something that doesn't taste great and isn't very complex, but something that would be refreshing cold, in quantity, and served at a barbecue. I'd gladly drink this if handed it, but probably wouldn't seek it out on my own.

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Photo of Zach136
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow pillowy white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Light grainyness and lemon-floral notes. Touch of bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied pretty refreshing.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and very clear. Fat luscious head of creamy foam that dwindled slowly leaving streaks behind. Light wheat, light spice. Light mouthfeel and a bit thin feeling. It's casual on the palate. Some herbal hop comes to the nose as it warms. Finishes malty and dry with a hint of citrus and a very gentle sweetness form malt. It's very easy to enjoy. Has a complimentary and moderate bitterness. Refreshing.

I like the thick stemmed weeds and grasses on this beer. The hop herbal is a good match for the slight tartness in the middle. Excellent and definitely this is it's own style.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Golden yellow with a slight copper hue. Pours a three finger foamy head.

Aroma- Some grainy wheat malt and citrus.

Taste- Sweet citrus hop flavor are noticeable at first with an emphasis on lemons. Towards the middle the dry wheat malt kicks in with some bland cracker flavors, almost like cardboard. The finish is an awkward blend of lemon and bland cracker flavors.

Feel- Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry/sweet finish. Not as clean or crisp as it should be.

Overall- This one is a dud. The lemon hop flavors are nice, but the malt is bland and awkward tasting. The mouthfeel is borderline ok/good, which is dissapointing because that could have been a saving grace for this summer beer. Instead, the malt end up leaving this too sweet (for the style), almost resembling that of an AAL. There are better options than this when looking for a summer beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale gold producing almost 3 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a streaky, webby wash of lace. Aroma is wheat, butter, lemon & orange. Taste is thin lemon, orange, mildly wheat bready, a hint of floral/herbal hops with a tiny bit of pepper & bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is citric & slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light bodied with with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean leaving a phenolic presence on the tongue.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Brewing is well known for outstanding beers and the Summer Beer doesn't disappoint. from its sem-cloudy golden appearance to its awesome clean aroma, it is another winner for them.
The taste is sooth with an overwhelming drinkability. lightly carbonated and pours with a small head. this is a must try if Anchor products are available in your neighborhood.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Golden color with a light crisp body. Smells of citrus, lemon and wheat prep you for, eh, not much. There's not much going on with this beer. A good summer session beer that could be quite refreshing on a hot day, but I could think of better options.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.40):
A real disappointment from Anchor here, particularly given the reputation of the brewery and my past experiences with them with this one being forgettable in almost ever area, not to mention boring and bland as well. Both the taste and smell seemed far to weak and featured too much skunk to make them enjoyable, that couple with the relatively poor mouthfeel makes this a beer I can't recommend at all.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 05.22.14.

A: 2 finger head. See through honey/amber.

S: Skunky hops.

T: Wheat, malt. Flower is subtle.

M: Creamy. Pretty watery after a few sips.

O: This was somewhat tasteless. It had extremely subtle flavors with almost no hop presence. It only had a little bit of malt presence, which surprised me. I expected that it wouldn't have been hop-heavy as it comes from an earlier time, but it should have had malt flavor.

Rating: C-

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Photo of malvrich
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%

12 oz. bottle into a Foothills glass

A: Clear yellow/gold Tight low white head. Almost no visible carbonation. Clarity surprising for a wheat beer. Lace collar holds well.

S: Wheat, I guess. Grain.

T: Sharp, citrusy hops. Crisp, fresh wheat. Tastes fairly much like beer.

M: Very light with good carbonation feel despite none seen. Crisp, clean though kind of wet finish

O: Pretty good beer for a wheat. I do not like wheat beer. This is fairly nice and probably my favorite one but that's not saying much. Won't buy again but glad I tried it.

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Photo of pat61
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Yeasty bread, citrus, a hint of spice and a little banana greet your nose but the bready, spiciness and citrus are more subdued here than with many wheat beers.
The beer pours a nice, clear golden color with a rich, bone white, rocky 3" head. Good retention.
The beer has a light and dry palate - no big flavors or character, some bread, citrus and spiciness, with subdued fruit.
It has the medium full body and mouthfeel of a good wheat beer with above average carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of bright white, creamy, foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nicely aromatic with notes of bready, toasted malt and wheat up front, imparting aromas of biscuits and whole-wheat crackers. I also get notes of caramel, black pepper, a touch of coriander, and grassy, piney, hops.

Taste: Very nice, with strong flavors of toasted malt and wheat up front, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes, whole-wheat crackers, and un-sweetened whole-wheat cereal. Next comes a touch of home and caramel-like sweetness, but not a lot, followed by some faint, yet noticeable notes of spice, such as black pepper, coriander, lemon peel and saffron. Finally, the beer finishes with some nicely balanced, grassy, piney, hops. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-thin and extremely creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a terrific wheat beer! And I usually don’t like wheat beers, but this one is really terrific. I really love the strong flavors of toasted malt and wheat, balanced well with some subtle sweetness, spicing and hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of seedyone
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From an undated bottle. What little head there was dissipated very quickly. Aroma was non-existent. Taste was in the middle of nowhere. The only redeeming factor was a substantial mouth-feel. What I don't get is what substances are in there that don't manifest on the palate? Quite disappointing compared to the original Anchor Steam.

On tap & from bottle. From the tap this hits the nose with a bit of funk which is quickly dispelled once it hits the tongue. The rich looking head quickly dissipated leaving an intriguing lacing pattern until about half way down the glass. The body is the most noticeable trait thus far. Unlike most "summer" brews there is a lack of the crisp & citrus character so ubiquitous this time of year. That should not be misconstrued as something bad, it can, when all is said & done, be a distinction...as long as it has a purpose...& in this case it seems to. Anchor Steam, in my mind, has always had a character that I can best be describe as "a fistful of flavor". The heartiness of which is not lost in this venture to the lighter, brighter side. As a New Yorker whose summers are a series of intermittent hot days inter-dispersed with VERY hot days, this would be great on the merely hot days. Synchronize with a mid-Californian moderate clime. Bottom line is grab some, if it's warm, but spare it, if it's HOT & humid, but, if you like robust beer, no matter what, keep it on the list. Now on to the bottled effort. The head was nowhere to be seen but the lacing showed up. virtually other aspects corresponded.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - light amber colour with slow carbonation. Thin cap head

S - Wheat malts, banana, freshly cut grass, some sweet cherry.

T - initial kick of sweet malt, followed by butter and a subtle citrus hop bitterness

M - medium carbonation and finishes very crisp and quite sweet

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold color. The head looks great: it's three fingers high, white in shade, and with a superb creaminess. Webs of lacing linger nicely on the side of the glass.

S: Straight out of the bottle, it had a weird acidic tone. But in the glass, it's bringing little more than wheat and diacetyl. Just like the last beer I had, the nose is ridiculously bland. Not to mention, the buttery tones are too vivid.

T: Just like the nose: wheat with a side of buttery diacetyl. There is a bright spot in the subtly hopped finish (and I like how it gradually develops a mild citrus character), but otherwise, this is a big fat "meh."

M: At least it's pretty drinkable (even if it's because there's little to this brew). It has a crisp bite and decent carbonation. However, it's not very refreshing going down.

O: A better history lesson than an actual beer. All it has going for it is drinkability - and even then, there are other wheat beers I'd much rather drink. Without a doubt, this is my least favorite brew from Anchor.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden yellow color. Slight head on the pour which dissipated quickly and wasn't present while drinking. Active carbonation is extremely low.

Smell: Biscuity malt hits first. Crisp, sharp wheat opens up on the body. Semi sweet wheat has a pleasant creamy flavor. Mossy hops shine underneath with a touch of oak.

Taste: A touch of hops on the front. Crisp wheat composes the body of this brew. A touch of grainy malts linger on the back end. Finish is a medium bodied dryness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly clean, some airy wheat. Carbonation is on the lower end, a touch off base.

Overall: A fair summer beer. Nothing overly complex or interesting but still comes off as a decent beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden filtered with a few floating particles, no carbonation, a finger of foamed egg white head.

S: Lager, wet dog hair, offal, light citrus.

T: Lager like, some wet dog hair, offal, a little lager like crispness, light bitterness on the end. Almost non present banana.

M: Light body, highly carbonated.

O: A nice taste of history, marking how far American craft brewing has come. So much like an AA Lager, with a few tweaks that a novice wouldn’t pick up on, yet this was supposedly the first American wheat ale in the modern era. Got at Trader Joe’s Ashville.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks real good! Eye candy to the fullest -
Sweet golden color a lil hazy like deep water diving in hefe heaven

Aromas are a mix of wheat, lemon, grass and wheat! Lol yep lots of wheat going on here

Taste is malted wheat up front - hardly any hop bitterness but definately there -
After taste is sweet malts with no cloying hefe flavors - definately American style here

Mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp with an extremely dry finish-

Overall this is a picture perfect summer brew keeping your focus on friendly conversations with others instead of having to explain flavors to non craft fans

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm definitely a fan of this beer. It's not a heavy-duty beer, but is definitely yummy. Perhaps it's that I'm a fan of San Fran/California.. perhaps not. I do like the taste, as it is crisp and light without being bland. This is the second time I've purchased a single bottle of this lovely beer, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a six-pack next time. ;)

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Photo of vwbus7
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this for the first time tonight on hatteras island NC. Chilled it and had it after supper.

Very attractive bottle as all anchor beers.

Pour-did not have a lot of head as label describes but may be from pouring carefully

Appearance- clear yellow-amber

Smell- of wheat malt but nothing to write home about

Taste- cereal with nice carbonation but bitter semi dry finish. Good body. Not the sometimes usual banana taste from ale yeast.

Overall- my beer taste changes all the time and maybe this was not the time for me to have the summer beer. It was good but as mentioned before, nothing to write home about

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/1/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight grassy/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't expecting pristine clarity. Dons a pale orange-yellow straw color with a protein-rich head of dimpled white. Light crackling sound from the bubbles popping.

Clean wheat aromas, lemon, and with a faint hoppiness that conjure up spearmint and light pine. Interesting, because I've never had a pale wheat ale with a piney hop in it, that I can recall. Very herbal, but without defined notes. Sparing note of green apple skins and baked earth. It's interesting, but really, there's not much intensity. Pretty delicate, and I like it.

Minty hops meddle with cracked wheat, pilsner-esque grassiness, and mild bitterness. Has a pasta-like malt with clean, unenhanced flavors. It's really light. I like the crispness and blonde expression from the wheat malts, which this is an ode to, but it's hard to say that this didn't need a little extra barley malt or some toast or just a more rambunctious yeast strain. Underlying flavor that is hard to put my finger on, but I can best describe it as tasting a little like the way clean linens smell. Lightly floral, you might say.

Feels great. Not-so-shy with carbonation, as this bursts across the palate, and the body has a little bump in it that exceeds most light-bodied ales.

I guess you could say that a lot of American craft breweries muck up their pale wheat ales with fruit peels, chalky spices, and a big musty yeast; this is a minimalist wheat ale, at its finest. It doesn't really hold up, on its own, but I don't think the brewer's at Anchor care too much about that kind of opinion. It could only possibly be American in style, as it seems they're giving Germany and Belgium a great big middle finger from way, way, way across the pond. Nevertheless, it's not going to knock your socks off. But, if you like a summer beer sixer that you don't want to stop and think about too much, this is right as rain for you.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Light aroma of herbal and citrus hops and white bread.
Similarly, flavor of herbal and citrus hops with notes of green apples, lemon, bready malt, milt tartness and a distant white pepper. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light smooth body with low carbonation.
This is actually a light APA with some wheat that further smooths the brew. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. It fits well its purpose.

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Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark golden body from a 12oz bottle to a goblet. Creamy white head forms to about two fingers high with nice retention. Head eventually falls to a foamy ring and cloud on the brew and lace rings start at the top after each sip. Thick lacing drizzles down from the top.

S- Not exactly the strongest of aromas but some pleasant things happening. A mix of yeast bread, wheat grains, grassy spicy hops and light malts combines in a smooth smell. Some pale fruity esters as well.

T- Opens up with a mix of lemon citrus, apple fruit esters and a floral grassy hoppiness. A wheaty, biscuit maltiness balances this out in about an equal strength. Some clove phenol type note must be from the yeast. Fresh yeast bread hints throughout.

MF- Light end body that really exhibits a creamy texture with any agitation. High carbonation level and a light bitterness lingers on the palate.

A sneaky but fresh grassy floral hoppy feel balanced well by a fairly strong yeast and nice malty backbone. It all comes together pretty well in a refreshing, balanced brew.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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