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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 80 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002)
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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Anchor proclaims their Summer Beer the first American Wheat in modern times. First brewed in 1984, they started bottling this beer in 2002. It's brewed with a 50/50 split of malted barley and wheat, so you know you'll notice the wheat unlike other beers that have "wheat" in the name.

Thick, hearty white head looks like it does not want to subside, a pretty amazing appearance. Clear, dull golden color. The aroma is of lemon cookies, fresh baked wheat bread and delicate wildflowers. Just enough crispness and more than enough smoothness, very refreshing. Moderately-sized body. The slight lemon and a fresh herbal hop flavor and fermented wheat twang combo let the taste buds know that even a summer wheat can be a little complex. Dry biscuit and dried grass flavors come from the malt and hops middle to end. Finishes very clean and on the dry side.

This is "Summer Wheat Ale" done right, high regards for this seasonal, and it is a session beer to boot!!

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

dansushi, Wednesday at 05:04 PM
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

BrewChatKen, Tuesday at 08:38 PM
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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.

flyingpig, Oct 06, 2014
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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-

WAbeerfiend, Oct 02, 2014
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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.