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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 21
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by pmcadamis:
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2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A big three finger cream cheese head rises above a clear golden brew a shade or two darker than your average macro lager. The head shows some ok retention, but then disappeas entirely after five minutes or so. A small amount of sea foam lace is left on the glass.

S - Smells similar to Anchor Steam, but much more watered down. Yeasty fresh baked bread is the dominant aroma, and there is the tiniest hint of orangey wheat twang, but it's pretty weak in the nose. Saltine cracker and fresh bread. It does smell very fresh and inviting, it just lacks complexity.

T - Twangy and a bit acrid up front (almost like peppery pilsener hops....saaz?), with bready yeast flavors to follow. Very off-balance and odd. I like the yeasty and bready finish, but the sour oddball citric flavors just seem out of whack. This is not very good.

M - Light and twangy with an acrid, acidic component that I don't care for. Big wheat snap right before the dry finish.

D - Uh, not good. This is a very odd beer and not in a good way. There are two factions at war here...the acrid pils/saaz pepper hops vs. the sweet yeasty fresh baked bread. Sadly, the saaz/pils army spoils what could have been a tasty yeasty wheat beer. This is not bad, but it sure ain't good.

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 mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Lynch52
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of maltmanjones
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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 Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 JC333
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of 1Adam12
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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 davidbmadden
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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 fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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