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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,194 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 74 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

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.

Jeffreysan, Thursday at 03:40 AM
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4.55/5  rDev +34.2%

Appearance - Pours a nice golden straw color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head that lingers for about 2 minutes. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus, orange peels, and wheat. A pretty tangy aroma but not complicated.

Taste - I like this a lot, although the alcohol seems weak. Bitter with citrus, maybe some lemon or orange zest, and a faint wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Starts to fizz up if you let it linger on the tongue.

Overall - This is a very good beer.. It's very refreshing and would be great on a summer day.

jsisko01, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

A: Pours a clear golden color, no haze at all. Head was about the size of Jupiter, I lost a bit of the head over the side (I'll call it my pour out for fallen homies, whatever that means). Head dissipated a bit quickly and is now a thin layer of suds with splotchy lacing.

S: Malty with a zingy citrus left cross across the mug. Yeast and malts tend to dominate, with just a bare essence of the hops coming through. Faint doughy bread smell.

T: Lemon zest hop flavors right away, bitter, but low enough to let some of the fruity hop flavors come through. Malt base is solid. Flavors are quick to appear, and just as quick to vanish, this beer has ninja flavors.

M: Moderate/light body. Medium CO2. Alcohol warm nice. Dry on the palate.

D&N: I don't know why, I love (Anchor Summer Beer (Anchor Wheat)) like I do... Very tasty beer. Uber-refreshing. Crisp and clean with great aromas and flavors. I like beers that have me scratching my head trying to figure it out, and this on has it in spades. Highly recommended.

JackTheRipper, Jun 24, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +31.9%

This poured a bright and clear brassy golden color. Looks like a golden spritzer. A beautiful large, sticky cream-like head, that looked liked stiffly whipped egg whites. I loved watching the creamy head explode after the pour. Very nice. The aroma has lightly soured malts and a soft citrus hop bite that hits the nose with a sweet fruitiness. There’s a sweet strawberry coming through that’s very appealing. The taste is sweet, light and tangy. Beautifully clean and fresh tasting. Has some buttery texture. Overall, a highly drinkable and enjoyable simple beer. Very refreshing. Another winner from Anchor.

pezoids, Aug 03, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +30.7%

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours a shimmering, translucent gold with a quarter inch of egg-white white foam, very bubbly, some minimal scraps of lace cling to the glass. And now the head's fallen completely, white film swirls on the surface of the brew, and a few big, bright bubbles.

The smell is a sweet yeasty flourish; the finish is all earthy and floral malts and underlying hop bitterness. Smells like summer to me!

Taste opens with a wide-reaching soft pinch of hops, with an overhead rush of spicy malts and sourdough breadiness. The middle underlines the bitterness, and at the same time the malts concentrate into a solid spine. Keep in mind, these flavors are very relaxed, nothing palate-pounding here. The finish is a very refreshing, crisp tingle of hops, like sucking on lemon grass and sunshine.

Carbonation is crisp and plentiful; thin and refreshing mouthfeel.

I'm enjoying this -- a bright, bright brew. I need to buy a few sixers. Can't imagine a better session brew to match this spring weather.

RootedFool, Mar 20, 2004
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4.39/5  rDev +29.5%

This is the first beer I have had from this brewery. I was always a little hesitant to try the Full Steam, but when I saw the Summer, I decided to give it a shot.

A: This beer pours a light golden color and has a relatively thick, soapy, bright white head. Doesn't have any bubbles on top, looks like a big layer of foam.

S: I get some sweet floral notes in the aroma, followed by some heavy wheat and some pepper spice. A tad underwhelming, but overall has a nice smell.

T: On the surface I get a lemon sweetness, accompanied by some floral characteristics and that peppery spice at the end. The flavor mimics the aroma and has a nice balance with the wheat.

M: Very sweet, but not too sweet and is balanced out by a slight tartness. Lots of carbonation. A very drinkable and refreshing beer.

O: I had a feeling this beer was going to exceed my expectations and it did. Has the balance between the wheat and the adjuncts, the sweetness and tartness. Great brew that embodies summer.

SouljaSaia17, Aug 18, 2013
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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.