Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 595
Hads: 1,282
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 23
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  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. (625 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nothing earth shattering here, but a pretty nice brew for the hot months. smells like grassy hops, light tea crackery malt palate, and perhaps a touch of citrus zest. flavor is very well balanced, with more malt features than hop features. its got a sort of german or czech pils malt profile, which is bigger than a lot of summer seasonals. floral blooming polleny grassy hops are very crisp and seasonally appropriate o the tail end of this beer. feel is good, not too light on the body, but very very easy drinking. refreshingly robust carbonation and a quick finish. this is a nice outside slammer for the summer, and a lot less boring than many of its contemporaries. (671 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (1,892 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -11%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle at Wunderbar.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of foamy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice streaky and striated lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes - the retention on this sucker is solid!

It smells of mild barley and stronger wheat grain, earthy yeast, stale butter, and floral, sort of woodsy hops. The taste is still quite light, with some biscuit/caramel maltiness, cereal-like wheatiness, more slightly off-putting room temperature buttery notes, and some floral, grassy, and soapy hops.

The carbonation is a bit too strong up front, but settles well enough to a testy frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, wispy, a tad prickly, but overall it calms down to an acceptable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a wheaty dough sweetness dominating any latent hop aspirations.

A summer ale that is all about the undulating fields of wheat, and much less about what the hops can do for you, as they are pretty low-key in this offering. Unfortunately, what the malt has to say just isn't all that interesting, being that it has a leaky diacetyl valve, or something. Not a drinking experience that I care to repeat on this, or any other patio I might stumble into - across, I mean across! (1,298 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a slightly hazy, brilliant gold body with a light orange cast and a full head of creamy bright white foam. Quite attractive! The head retention is fairly good, and although it eventually drops to just a collar, it does leave some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a distinctly wheat-like malt with some hay and a mild background-note of citrus (lemon). It's crisp and invigorating in the mouth with a very fine and somewhat effervescent carbonation that delicately prickles the tongue and then dissappears, letting the beer glide smoothly down the gullet. Perfect for a refreshing summer beer. The flavor reveals much more lemony character than the nose suggests, wrapped in a blanket of soft and dry wheatish malt. A firm bitterness rises and leads into a dry lingering finish where the citrus receives one more quick turn, and then an almost metallic bitterness engulfs the mouth. A light bodied, dry, and refreshing American wheat. (967 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, spice, caramel, lemon and some of hops.

T: The taste is bready and spicy with flavors of wheat and a little fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance. The malt character is a little heartier than you typically get in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a nice lighter beer but there are several others that I would pick first. (733 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a big fan of all the other Anchor stuff I've had in the past so getting their summer seasonal was a no brainer. I must say, I'm a tad disappointed with this one. Pours a hazy golden color, not much action going on inside the beer.. starts off with a big fluffy head but quickly dissipates. Typical light bodied wheat summery taste that seems to be cloned across the summer seasonal board, the taste not so appealing on this one though. Finishes a tad try. Drinkable none the less, but I had this following a Southern Tier Hop Sun and that is a good amount better than this one. I'll try other summer seasonals, but thanks for trying Anchor. (644 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good enough. Rather coarse carbonation. Light straw color in the glass. Very plain, extremely dry. There is a persistent hint of dishwater, soapy taste. Not a pleasant aftertaste. Very bitter. Thin and austere in mouth feel. This probably is affected by my having had a cheap average Wit earlier in the evening and this suffers terribly by comparison with that simple pleasure.

I don't know what is going on with Anchor but I'm surprised they don't make better beers, given their historic status in the better beer movement. (531 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick Six in West York. Poured this just above fridge temp into a Boddington's glass.
A - A tarnished golden w/ plenty of bubbles rising rapidly to the 3 fingers of proud snow white with a fluffy Weizen-like head, the retention is very good.

S - A mild sweet malty odor w/ crisp wheat like spice in the nose. The aroma is mild and nutty, but pleasant

M- The feel is crisp and clean w/ plenty of effervesence and a medium-light body which is slightly sweet, slightly dry.

T - The flavor is of wheat, toasted grain and mild spice with a sweetish flavor. The sweetness is well placed and allows the spice of the hops and the wheat yeast to be more prominent. The dominant flavor is toasted, slightly bready malts which are very tasty.

D - The crisp and mild taste w/ nice creaminess from carbonation makes this a great summer beer or lawnmower beer if you will. The taste is smooth and refreshing, but doesn't scrimp on flavor in the least. I could see this becoming more frequent beverage in my summer line-up. This has plenty of quaffa-drinkability (1,073 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently this bottle was capped 4 May 06...

Pours golden with a 1" white head. Slight lacing & head retention

Smell: Somewhat grassy scent & slight lemon hints

Taste: Lemony & slight tartness up front. Some grainyess sneaks in a subtle way. Finishes fruiity, slightly dry & quenching with some white wine like characteristics

MF: Light to medium body with okay carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, nothing special, but the forebear of many very good beers of this style & deserves a try just a baseline , if nothing else (532 characters)

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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