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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,240 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of brentk56
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  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!

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.