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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,115 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

An easy drink, great slightly chilled for summer. Creamy wheat mouthfeel.
Very frothy though temporarily. Malty and lemon twang with citrus hop and grass and fruit aroma. Thin but like Anchor. Above average carbonation. Crisp, clean, and bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 03:50:08 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-23-2012 15:03:45 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a huge 3 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt and some citrus zest. Taste is of sweet malt and some bitter citrus zest hops. Very little lingering bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good summer beer that is pretty refreshing but not one of my favorites from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 05:05:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-19-2014 10:03:17 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear bright gold topped by a large, off-white, somewhat frothy, big-bubbled head. The cap of foam is firmer and stickier than the vast majority of wheat beers and leaves a nice amount of lace in substantial chunks. The aroma is more 'slightly skunked lager' than 'wheat beer' according to my nose. I don't appreciate much citrus, a flavor that I usually find appealing in a summer beer.

Uh, where's the flavor? This beer is so light on the taste buds as to be nearly nonexistent. I'm really having a difficult time describing the flavor due to a lack of it. Summer Beer may be the weakest, least flavorful non-light lager that I've ever had.

I suppose I could say that it's balanced, in the same way that both sides of an empty scale are at equal heights. The body actually isn't that bad; it isn't overly thin in the mouth and the carbonation seems about right. It's drinkable, but then so's water.

Weak, weaker, weakest. Anchor may have brewed the world's first anti-beer, the beer world's answer to a photographic negative. If you don't see Summer Beer in your favorite beer store, try not to remember that I told you not to try it, unless you don't want to that is. Or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 22:54:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head, which as the bottle label says, resembles beaten egg whites, and has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts, wheat and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but has stronger flavors. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels slightly more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and would be particularly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:18:10 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: One beautiful beer, with a clear pale golden color and a fluffy white head that lasts forever and leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Lemon perfumy

Taste: Sets out a flat biscuit malt backbone against which there is a touch of bitter lemon on the finish; very light

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: What a disappointment! I have truly enjoyed the other Anchor beers but this one is way too light and flavorless for my tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 21:18:35 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

The pour was nicely done. Rich golden amber in color with a huge head of white on top. Light cloudiness to it as well really capped it off quite nicely. Nice lacing down the sides fits the style perfectly. Aroma is hoppy, lights of lemon and light grassy notes abound here. Floral would be the optimal word though it did tend to stray off the path a touch and land itself in the lemon category a bit too much. Crisp, and very clean on the palate, much more refreshing and light then I thought it would be and that was a wonderful thing to behold. Rich notes of lemon and light grass, hints of wheat on the tongue and a nice hit of peach and pear on the finish,. Very dry finish as well with a light spicy note gracing the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:08:57 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-14-2011 04:13:58 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Lubière: Poured a yellow/white color beer with a huge pure white bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of bubblegum and banana is just sublime on this hot summer day. Taste is refreshing with a nice crisp presence of wheat and some discreet hops in the background. Very well done for the style and very enjoyable during summer –not sure why the rating are so low for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 19:42:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As summers usually go, the heat and arid nature demands a beer of crispness, refreshment, and high drinkability; but without compromising quality and character. If this is the case, than Anchor Summer Beer might be your beer of choice.

Crystal clear and medium golden in color this decisive beer coats the surface with an abundance of foam- airy, froathy, and with a liquified texture, the cotton-white head both retains well with a fluid nature while leaving broken rings and pockets of lace on the walls of the glass. More formitable of a look than most summertime seasonal beers.

Lemon, apple, and an everso slight lactic acidity hits the nose while softer wheat breadiness buffers closely behind. Lighlty grassy, the herbal hop notes help to accentuate and substantiate the ester and acidic notes.

The acidic fruits and grassy herbal-ness continue in taste. Zesty green apple or crabapple flaovrs carry a lightness that blends well with the wheaty bready taste. All remaining light, like cracker crispness and accented by slight tartness for a snap and sprite late. Lightly grainy, the extra strain gives tartness and husk flavor but without much offense.

A short-lived creaminess/fullness quickly ushers in a mid-palate of acidic grain, light tartnss and mild astringency that's probably as much an asset to the beer as a deterrant. Finishing very crisp, clean, and with a refreshing minty vanilla taste- the beer has a hoppy and alcoholic minty-cool dryness that supresses taste just before the memory of wheat malt in aftertaste.

As summer ales go, this ones hit all the key components: a wheaty body that anchors flavor and body, an acidic balance of tart esters and sulfurs, and a grassy hop crispness that finish the beer. Keep it low in gravity for an effortless beverage to drink and we have a beer that's prime for the season. We have Anchor Summer Ale so bring on the heat!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 07:18:56 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is a pale golden-amber color with a white head.

S: Smells of corn and vegetables with a bit of candy.  Light floral and herbal hops and a bit of grass.  There's just something very off qbout the smell of this beer...

T: Sweet bread and sugar, a really sweet, almost candy-like flavor. There are some light hop notes, mostly of the grassy and floral varieties. Really a strange/odd beer.

M: I would call the body and carbonation medium.

O: As good as some Anchor beers can be, they have some pretty bad ones.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 16:47:11 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-02-2011 22:28:47 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, fairly effervescent, golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Faint nose of wheat with a light graininess to it and, well, nothing else. What've I gotten myself into this time?

Taste: Slightly grainy malted wheat with a pinch of powdered sugar sweetness. A single, solitary drop of lemon. Faint bitterness. ... Aaannnndd, that's about it, aside from the dry, faintly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit lively at times.

Drinkability: Well, that was a big, cold glass of absolutely nothing. Weak, washed out, and woefully bland. Yes, I understand summer beers often opt for lighter flavor profiles, but this is ridiculous.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 17:33:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

07-20-2014 05:09:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

10-20-2013 13:42:57 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2013 23:40:29 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 06:52:42 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't overly thrilled by this brew from Anchor. The beer poured out as a straw yellow with a big white head on it. The aromas of fresh grains were bursting out of this one. The hops weren't there or hidden by something else I suppose. The flavor was very light on this brew. I really thought Anchor would have done something to kick this up a notch. I felt that the mouthfeel was good for a summer brew but the flavors just weren't overly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 01:49:30 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

06-30-2014 04:38:12 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Judging by the sweat after my run tonight, it's definitely Summer now. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon peel, light wheat, light sweet flowers, and a hint of what may or may not be coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, but ups the lemon to a point where it's the clear star, making for a fruity breeze of a drink. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice little hot-weather quaff, nothing special, but something easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 05:40:07 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - On tap. It had a light golden color with a good-sized white, foamy head. It left some lacing.

S - It smells of wheat and grass.

T - There is a light malt taste complimented by the wheat and yeast components.

M - It is light-bodied and dry.

D - I really enjoyed it. I have yet to try it from a bottle, but I thought is was quite good on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 00:59:36 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +18%

11-25-2011 23:52:56 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw with a slight haze. A two finger head forms from a vigorous pour.

Smell: An extremely subtle aroma. Malty, wheaty, a bit hay-like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy flavors are balanced nicely with lemony hops. Slightly tangy in the finish with a mild hoppy bitterness. Light, crisp and dry, bordering on downright bland. This isn't bad, but there are far more flavorful and yet equally light and refreshing Summer beers out there.

Notes: I'm generally a big fan of Anchor, but this one just doesn't do it for me. I'll stick to Liberty Ale on a hot Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 21:34:54 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with lots and lots of foamy white head, which leaves some nice lace strata around the glass as it very slowly recedes - the retention on this sucker is quite amazing. It smells of mild barley and wheat grain, and floral hops. The taste is a light biscuit/caramel maltiness, with a grassy wheatiness, and some floral, soapy hops. The carbonation is a bit too strong, the body lighter, wispy, and a bit prickly, but calms down to be ultimately smooth enough, and it finishes off-dry, with a bit of wheaty dough.

The hops are pretty low-key in this ale, letting the wheat do the talking, but what it's got to say just isn't that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:14:55 | More by biboergosum
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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.