Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An extremly clean and clear looking wheat ale. Body is light golden in color and the head is a foamy bright white, retention is very good, milky lace coating my glass. Looks refreshing indeed.

S- Grainy & grassy, I had a hard time pulling that out even. I was really dissapointed given the look.

T- Better than the nose for sure. Wheat is noticeable throughout, the finish has a nice lemony zesty type bite and there's a very mellow bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

M- Light bodied, smooth, a little tingly on the tongue.

D- It's a refreshing ale for sure, drinks like a lager a bit I guess. No problem putting a couple of these down in the summer heat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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!!

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nicely with a clear golden color with huge rocky head,very faint lemony smell but not much in the nose.Kinda citruisy on the palate with some faint smokiness in there,really easy to drink perfect for summer.I probably would by this again on a warm summer day.

Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice cloudy orange in color with a big, beautiful, full white head that clung tightly to the inside of my glass.

Smell - The pale wheat is smooth and easy on the nose but I wouldn't call it a home run or anything. It's less like a yeasty Weizen and more like a wheaty type of grassy hops if that makes any sense.

Taste - The wheat flavor is powerful at the taste. It's a bit off-putting but not offensive in any way. The lack of a yeasty backbone I think focuses too much attention on the raw wheat which by itself is one-dimensional. There is literally no hop flavor to this beer which will keep the purists happy.

Mouthfeel - This isn't quite medium-bodied but it is big, much larger than light. There's a nice dryness at the end without a bitter bite.

Drinkability - I am not a fan of the style but Anchor's version has been around for a long time and this is not too bad.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The massive, whipped egg-white head on this tarnished gold beer offers up an awesome bouquet of fresh lemon. lemongrass, herbal hops, sour yeastiness, white pepper, and just a touch of pine or maybe even juniper. I just smelled this beer for like 15 minutes.

The flavor is far less complex, leading with bracing citrus, then going to a round and smooth brassy character for grassy hops to play on. Crackery grain finish. As far as flavor, I don't get much from the actual wheat in this beer, which is a little disappointing. Overall I would say this is hardly an APA in my mind. I am rating it highly because I like that it takes things in a direction other than puckering astringency and citrus.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Anchor Summer Beer pours from the bomber into my SN tulip a crisp golden yellow with a nice two finger head of fast moving creamy bubbly carbonation. Lots of active carbonation rising up the glass as well. Aromas of crisp pale husky maltiness...quite light with a hint of lemon peel. Skunkweed aromas waft off the top with spicy, herbal hops. Pretty unremarkable.

First sip brings an arid, light crisp pale maltiness..husky wheat and hints of lemony citrus. Slightly spicy, herbal hops that may have skunked a bit here. A pretty standard American pale wheat ale....touch bready and creamy. Just doesn't really grab my palate.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation and a crisp, refreshing body that goes down easy. Not bad if you're looking for an easy drinking brew..but I'd rather have a good kolsch or pilsener over this anyday.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a gold color with a medium-sized white head, poured into a pint glass.
Sweet malt aroma, outdoorsy. Kind of on the meek side.
Vaguely lemon taste, a little malt, tiny hint of hops.
A metallic mouthfeel, not very pleasant.
I see this was categorized as a pale wheat beer, but it seemed more like an attempt at a kolsch. Whatever, not a very good beer.

Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a batch code on the back label.

The head at first looks promising with its bountiful froth which sticks around for the duration. Nice golden clarity. Faint perfume-like hop mix and graininess in the nose. Deep crispness in the light to medium bodied brew, clean malt with a grainy lemony twang from the wheat. The hops kick in as soon as the carbonation does which really cleans the palate. The malt is short so the finish is quite dry and a tad grainy.

A decent wheat ale, similar to most wheat ales ... easy to drink on a hot day but there are so many other summer wheat beers that are a notch better than this one.

Photo of merlin48
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle pours a crystal clear golden body with a tall vanilla head. Some patchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma has some perfumey floral hops, lemon, and vague spices.

Light bodied with a zesty carbonation.

Taste has a lemony character all the way through, that ends in a lemon zest bitterness. Grainy wheat malt and vague spices are also noticed.

Easy drinking summer beer but not enough character to be highly sessionable. Not my favorite style by a long shot.

Photo of Byeast
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a clear gold color , with a nice inch of pure white whipped foam, lots of lacing on the pint.

Smell: Nice fresh aroma of light tangy wheat and malty grains with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Crisp and clean grains ,light but assertively tart wheat with a bit of a citrus edge, a nice carbonation that keeps the feel refreshing, and some good hop bitterness towards the finish, ends up leaving a light taste of grain.

Mouthfeel: light, fairly soft, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Vert drinkable summertime brew, great feel and light flavor. I'll definately keep this one in mind when im goin to be drinking in warm weather and i want a light wheat beer that still has character.

Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice. Bottling date of 1MR (which is March 18, 2011)

Appearance: Straw-gold with huge, foamy white head and great lacing. This is a fantastic looking American Wheat, rivaling Hefeweizens.

Smell: Very dry wheat, lemon and light pepper.

Taste: Very peppery and wheaty, with light overtones of lemon and orange. Ends spicy and straw-like, with more pepper. Almost too peppery at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, pretty light body, extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is probably the best "American Hefeweizen" I have had. That doesn't make it the best American Wheat Ale I have had (as it is broad style that includes diverse beers such as Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin, Bell's Oberon, and Big Sky Trout Slayer), but in terms of the old fashioned American Wheat that are simply Hefeweizens without the German yeast, this is pretty damn good. Most are overly sweet or bland, but this is dry and spicy as hell. Glad I finally tried this, as I put it off as I did not expect much.

Photo of jondeelee
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor's Summer Beer smells crisp and bread-like, with strong notes of fresh wheat buns, honeysuckle, rose hips, and berries--in other words, summer smells. A good layer of sugars underlies these aromas, coming across like confectioner's sugar, or perhaps light vanilla cake frosting.

On the tongue, the first notes are sugars and fruits, including apricots, pears, and a dash of white grape. These fade quickly, or are at least overtaken by wheat notes, resembling biscuits, toasted grains, and Grape Nuts cereal. A pronounced rye bitterness comes into play around the edges, though I cannot discern whether that's due to the hops or malts. These grain flavors last for the remainder of the mouthful, and continue into the aftertaste, which fades in a few seconds. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good beer, though it seems a little below Anchor's usual standards. For one, the bitter notes seem to grow with subsequent mouthfuls, leaving the tongue tingling and the tastebuds reeling with sour/tart residue. Still, the flavors are crisp and nuanced, and the brew just screams to be quaffed at a hot beach.

Photo of pat61
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle into pint glass. pours a big fluffy pure white head. pretty nice head retention, as well as some pretty nice lacing. the color is a very pale straw golden color. pretty clear as well.

light aroma. grains with maybe some lemon/citrus aromas.

kind of watery in the taste. you get some lemon, citrus, mild grains. finsihs with a light graininess. not too bad, def not great though.

light body with a good amount of carbonation. very drinkable on those hot summer days. prolly wouldnt buy this again, but definately nice while playing some disc golf.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Aroma of wheat grains with bready cracker like pale malts. Good hints of citrus lemon zest and some orange peel. Some hay and tea like aromas along with some mildly spicy noble hops lingering around. A fairly grassy aroma.

Taste: A refreshing taste big on wheat grains and pale malts. Notes of cracker, biscuit, and hay. Good hints of lemon zest and orange. Subtle earthy and grassy hops. A pretty good balance of sweet bready malts and bitter, zesty citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and zesty.

Overall: A pretty nice and refreshing summer wheat beer. Nice zesty citrus flavors going on.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Summer - the season of cloud, wind and rain. What could be better than a light American ale to celebrate?

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up at my local beer specialist. Described on the neck label as the first modern American wheat beer; fermented with a top-fermenting yeast.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of white foam with a creamy texture and good retention, although it eventually reduces to a decent surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a wheaty character. An obvious note of diacetyl and a dry off-flavour, along with stewed hops and the faintest hint of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle dry bitterness. A discernible undertone of diacetyl. Notes of grain, yeast, citrus and stewed leaves. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with light astringency. Aftertaste of stewed leaves - not great.

Not a brilliant effor; too many off-notes. There was a brief moment in the first minute or two when it seemed pleasant and lightly hopped, but it went downhill from there. Perhaps I let it warm up too much. At any rate, it's not awful but somewhat flawed. Choose something better.

Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold with frothy head that dwindles to a sudsy ring. Aroma of hay and light lemony hops. The beer is smooth, and initially sweet, with a clean and ample maltiness. Wheat plays a part too, adding a slight graininess and breadiness. Hops are mellow, providing slight friction and very little bitterness. The trademark Anchor yeast seems to be the dominant characteristic, supplying a slightly earthy, musty complexity with some sour raisiny fruitiness. A decent beer but not as fully dimensional as Anchor's classic Steam beer, which uses the yeast to better effect. This is a light, easy sipper that will quench the thirst but not the desire for adventure.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A hazy yellow wheat beer. Good cloudiness and carbonation.

The usual suspects: wheat, lemon, citrus, haze, and little wallop of bitterness. Maybe some coriander in there as well. A decent summer offering, nothing to write home about. Anchor stuff always seems a little pricey.

Photo of ADR
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark gold with a glistening 1/4 inch head of a very white color. Thick ring laces in the glass. Peppery aroma, slight qualities of air freshener. The main initial impression is a leathery malt, slightly sugary but leather-like. Quickly balanced mid mouth by lemony and husky wheat tones and what appears to be decisive hop overtones. Crisp and very tightly balanced beer, however, I just don't like the flavor profile in general. Acidic aftertaste. Interesting, I'll try another when the real summer heat sets in.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden slightly hazed nice white head leaves nice even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Sharp sweetness with a citrus tone wow, it's not a wit definitely an American wheat ale. Taste: Bready, slight bitter finish not a smooth wheat beer light citrus and wheat flavor but clean. Mouthfeel: Lighter body lacks smooth crispness, high carbonation. Drinkability: Mediocre wheat ale, not my cup of tea at all flavors are blend leaves me wanting more flavor a whole lot more.

Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served cold in a snifter immediately following a glass of Bluemoon's American Pale Wheat Ale (Spring Blonde).

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a semi-dense off-white head that partially coats the glass but eventually reduces to a thin partial top coat and a lasting ring.

The timid aroma features wheat, hops and some faint malt and citrus in the background. More flavor than aroma. In addition to the components detected by nose, there is a light citrus/lemon quality and a grassy note. A fine, lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste.

M: medium-light body; quite dry, especially in the finish; good, medium+ carbonation.

O: Not a favorite style. This is the weakest beer I've had from this beloved brewery. Still, it is good for style, well crafted, very drinkable, and rather refreshing.

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big let-down, the other beers from Anchor i've had have been delicious, this basically taste like a bland (but well made) lager, thin, grainy, watery, nothing really really struck a chord with it being a wheat beer either, is this what all American wheats are like? The closest thing to Cascade Summer Blonde i can remember having, only this is a bit better.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear golden body with strong carbonation and a white rocky head.

S- The aroma of German hops and soft wheat notes and pale malt base.

T-This beer has a light German hops flavor with a pale malt flavor. This beer has a crisp clean flavor with a slight hop finish.

M- medium-light mouthfeel

D-This beer taste more like a light German pils than an American pale wheat. It is missing many of the wheat characteristics that it needs to enhance this beer and give it depth.

Photo of LXIXME
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized white to off-white head rests above a clear golden colored beer.

Avery very light aroma, I can barely smell a light citrus coming from this drink unless you stop and search for it.

Carbonated sweet malt with hints of citrus almost lemon sour but not quite taste. A light almost dry aftertaste.

Considering how much I like Anchor Steam, I was quite let down with this beer. Just seemed like a washed out summer offering.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow clear and very bubbly which looks a lot like a macro brew except for the awesome head. It's off white and giant! I'm talking mounds of pillowy head that is constantly fed by streams of bubbles. It looks summery fresh and refreshing.

The nose is mild and easy going with a base malt scent paired with a light lemony pith. A simple smell that doesn't have gobs of character but is clean and pleasant.

The taste is very light in every way. The balanced flavors pingpong back and forth between muted fresh grains and the slight hints of lemon rinds. Very refreshing mild wheat comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with some firm carbonation and a light body. The co2 adds a nice soda like bitterness in the finish that is the icing on the cake. Maybe I am biased about this summer beer because it's 105 outside right now but this seems to be a perfect glass of suds. Great beer!

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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