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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,120
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.

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Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear honey colored with a chunky, rocky white head that retaind well and laces even better.

Aroma is metallic lemons, buttery biscuits, and astringent minerality.

Flavor is same, lemony metal taste with bready malts and faint floral hops.

Light body with a thin, but grainey mouthfeel. Not nearly as good as the other offerings I've had from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 22:26:07 | More by AlexJ
Photo of ypsifly


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12oz into a pint glass.

Yellow gold with a thick white head that is supported by decent carbonation. A bit sticky.

Smells like malted wheat with a touch of hops, slightly grainy as well.

While the hops are a bit more assertive when tasted, the malted wheats make up the bulk of the experience. Clean and dry in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit more than looks would lead me to believe, not watery or lame. This one has a decent body.

Not very exciting, but this could make for a good "backyard beer".

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 03:10:56 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Dithyramb


2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness dating. Purchased as a sixer with several other micros to sip bbq style.

Appearance- Golden color, not much head to speak of, no lacing.

Smell- Very light wheatish aroma

Taste- A bit of grain? I thought this was a wheat brew? Just a touch of lemon in there, not much malt, not much yeasty goodness. Pretty let down, especially coming from this brewery.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated and light on the tongue. Though let down on the flavor, this adds to the drinkability. I could slug several of these whilst fishing or doing yard work. Otherwise, just expect more...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 15:34:33 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of Padron4KM


2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle 05 edition.
Pours out clear golden with a fluffy, creamy off white head. good lacing. lively carbonation.
Aroma is lightly fruity, malty, and a little floral.
Flavor is slightly sweet, with a lemony character at the end.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with a touch of grain.
Body is light.
Drinkable, refreshing, but not up to Anchor standards.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 06:09:40 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of GClarkage


2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

04/14/05- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Golden pour, almost an orange hue. Small spritzy head that lingers for a bit. Very slight lacing.

Smell- Very very light scent. Mostly a bit of wheat and grain.

Taste- Extremely grainy for a wheat beer. Nothing like a hefe, if that's what they are shooting for. Almost like drinking some wet whole grain cereal or something. Some bitter hops in the mix and a lck of malt.

Mouthfeel- Much more carbonated than I would like. Spritzy and seltzery feel.

Drinkability- The second Anchor beer I have been disappointed with. This and the Small Beer. I'll stick with my Seirra Nevada Wheat if I want a local micro of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 04:40:26 | More by GClarkage
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clean golden yellow beer. Has a big bright white foamy head that leaves a good lace. There is a light grainy (almost wheat cracker) aroma with a hint of lemon in the background. There is pretty much no flavor to this beer. There is a tinge of lemon on the sides of the tongue and a light dry hop finish. I guess this would be better ICE COLD in the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 20:37:38 | More by ybnorml
Photo of francisweizen


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

An average lager all around, but a below-average brew from Anchor. Nice golden colour with a big head of white foam that leaves nice lacing on my shaker pint. Aromas are of grains, lemon zest, and slight hops. Taste is very grainy as well, with a bit of a biscuit maltiness in the middle and a slightly hoppy, lemony finish which is quite flavorless and dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated well. Drinkability is good too. Truly an average brew from an above-average brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 22:28:29 | More by francisweizen
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a huge fan of "Summer" brews. But Anchor Steam's version may have given me a new outlook.

This brew poured a deep gold (in incandescent lighting) with short-lived average sized head. The aroma was typical of wheat brews -- a citrusy malt. The taste reminded me a lot of Boston Beer's "Gold" a few years ago on tap at the now-defunct Sam Adams Brew Pub (Philadelphia). It was clean, mildly hoppy with lemony undertones. Mouthfeel was good and this brew goes down quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 23:20:49 | More by LiquidBreadMan
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anchor's Summer Beer is a decent American wheat beer that does a pretty good job as serving as a quenching beer. American wheat beers usually don't tend to excite me too much, but this one was pretty solid all around.

The brew pours a slightly hazy golden color with some orange hints to it. A nice foamy head forms on it and lasts for about 2 minutes. The beer smelled like a typical American wheat beer to me: earthy, husky, with some light yeastiness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and was a bit smoother than I had expected. The flavor was interesting and it actually took me some time to try to discern some of the flavors in it. To me, the beer seemed mostly fruity with some wheaty graininess, some grassiness and had a light citric hoppiness to it. There is some light dryness in the finish. Some wheat/graininess and dryness linger in the aftertaste, and the beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This beer was a little hard to describe for me, which is unusal for wheat beers (which all seem to share certain characteristics). This isn't a spectacular brew by any means, but it is a pretty solid offering from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 18:50:12 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a plain yellow-gold color with a monstrous head, 4 fingers at first. It recedes and leaves a ring of meringue on top which would probably lace pretty well but I'm trying to pour the rest of the beer in the glass, that part ain't happening. Plain looking beer but unique head action earns some bonus points.

Aroma - light, wet grain with a touch of sweetness and a touch of metal, too. Not much here to recommend the brew.

Taste - non-descript grainy start, then a slow arrival of lemon and hops. Some alcohol vapors on the swallow, finishes dry with a taste of lemon rind. As this warms up, the grain develops some character, intensifying the lemon rind taste.

Mouthfeel - very light, thin and oh so crisp. I think it's appropriate for the style.

Drinkability - a little out of its element here in November, but I kinda forgot about the sixer I had in a box I picked up from a trip to Houston. I needed one more sixer to round out a case of St. Arnold's sixers. No problem taking care of these, though, they are tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 03:56:09 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BCMan


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is gold yellow in color. steady pour generated a frothy head that faded fast to a thin layer that laced the glass while drinking. The nose is crisp malt as well as the flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Not a typical wheat, almost more like a pilsner. I also enjoyed the label.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 19:35:01 | More by BCMan
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Summer has a little different taste than the wheat beers I'm used to, and in this case that's a good thing. I found a sweeter malt taste than I was expecting with any beer than contains wheat. Appearance is classical wheat beer, a strong golden color with a slight haze. Highly carbonated which created a large, thick head. Aroma here is strong of typical hoppy beer smell, not much is noted of wheat aromas. Taste isn't as dry or "wheaty" as I would expect. However, this beer still seems to work well as a thirst quencher. The middle of a sip is more malty than expected, nice and rounded, some lemon is detected in the finish. For me this beer was a nice and different interpretation of the wheat style. Another beer from Anchor I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 00:55:16 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light wheat scent with some lemon in there as well. The yeast adds a bit of fruitiness to it. The taste decent. It has a very clean tasting wheat flavor with a slight lemony edge. It goes down easy and finishes clean and mildly fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is by far not the best summer wheat beer I've had, but it still drinks well. It lacks real wheat flavor, but on those hot summer days, this could really refresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 01:34:45 | More by WesWes
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw with slight partially off white head cap and tons 'o lace in the pint.

Lifgt leafy grain pilsner scents. Nothing off-putting.

Mild malty sweetness met with well balanced light hops. Slightly oily and extremely light bodied but well drinkable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2004 03:09:55 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger pillowy, white head that fades slowly a good lace. Clear, pale amber color. Light-medium bodied. Nose is yeasty if anything. Strong carbonation. Starts sweet and crisp but not much wheat and finishes with a prickly bite. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Disc. Beverage, Troy, Ny. Their site has the ABV at 4.6%.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 23:13:42 | More by jdhilt
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad active body of light gold color--looks are filtered definitely. Some poofy thick head, gloriously uneven.

Taste is small but where the taste doesn't come across, this beer--like the other anchors I've had--is never shallow. Citric notes and spots of cantaloupe and watermelon. Some residual bitterness.

Crisp mouthfeel. Great clean summer wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2004 00:03:17 | More by donnebaby
Photo of misterscooter


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits me is the smell, which is not good here. The dominant smell is that of a macro. I feel like I'm 8 years old and smelling my dad's can of Coors that he has tossed aside while mowing the lawn. Definitely hoppy and woody but that is hidden.

I tried, but I wasn't able to get much of a head from this bottle. Maybe it just poured out of this uniquely shaped bottle a little bit too smoothly. The color is a light, golden color. At least it is darker than Coors.

For a wheat beer, it isn't horrible but I've had better. I'm not a wheat beer kind of guy, though. The hops are definitely there and it is a bit dry and a little too carbonated.

I wanted to swallow it quickly because the feel in your mouth isn't all that great. Overall, I would have another but I think their Steam beer is much better. I'll have to try this again next summer to see if the recipe changes at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 03:13:26 | More by misterscooter
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to try this summer brew, from what I consider to be one the most solid breweries in the country, and I wasn't disappointed. It is a very clean and crisp beer that seems to go perfect with a hot day. This is a wheat beer, but I don't get a very heavy wheat taste. Subtle malt and wheat tones set the pace for this beer and the overall drinkability is excellent. This would definately be up there in my list of session beers!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 23:25:16 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of HardTarget


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bready yeast with a peppery hop bite.
Appearance: Bright yellow body with a billowy snow white head that slowly collapsed in on itself in valleys and craters. Thick tide marks showed the progression of my enjoyment.
Flavor: Light malt flavor balanced by a crisp hop. A pilsner taste that lingered and faded into a slight citric flavor; slightly lemony.
Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation, and very dry. It is a bit too fizzy for my tastes. Has a slight alcohol tingle and hop burn.
Overall Impression: Drinkable, as a good summer beer should be. Great looks, but a bit over carbonated to be a good thirst quencher. Enjoyable, but I won’t crave another.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 01:42:39 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Dubblebock


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's Summer Beer is a pleasant hot-weather diversion. It's not overwhelmingly adventurous or stylistically outstanding, but it sure does go down easy on the back porch. It was a bit pricey at $7.99/sixer, but I generally enjoy Anchor products, and I've been in a late-season wheat beer mood, so I picked this one out of the crowd.

The appearance is quite good. This beer produces a massive, creamy head if it's poured correctly. The head takes a long time to dwindle, leaving nice sticky lacing down the sides of the mug. Very, very nice looking.

The smell was strictly average, nothing too much coming through in the nose.

The taste was a bit thin, but interesting. The malts combine to make a quirky taste. Slight hints of citrus, a bit of a grassy aftertaste. Surprisingly dry. I really have never tasted a wheat beer quite like this one. Anchor makes a big deal on the label about this being an all-malt beer, and I'm wondering if this wouldn't have been better if they had fleshed it out a little more with an adjunct. Slight hoppiness to compliment the malts.

Thin mouthfeel, not particularly carbonated. Dry.

Extremely drinkable, though. It would have been easy to put away quite a few of this light summertime offering. Try this on your friends who enjoy light beers and see what they think. Would pair nice with some chicken or some fish. A good backyard beer for those waning summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 20:56:11 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of mschofield


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear gold, well carbonated and topped with a merinque like big bubbled white head. Leaves puffy bands of lacing.
Fruity, toast aroma, floral and herb. Light caramel/toffee when it warms, wheat.
Lemon zest taste, hay, wheat comes through strong, nice grassy&spicy hop. A bit of tartness gives it a good balance.
Lemon zest grows as it warms. But let it warm too much and there is an unpleasant powdery note.
Light to medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 21:59:14 | More by mschofield
Photo of 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
Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant light amber. Minimal, ephemeral head, must have been the bartender's method on tap. Citrus whiffs immediately blossomed from the brew. Taste has mild hops, a lot of citrus, and a little tartness. Very light and refreshing mouthfeel. Leave the palette nearly clean besides a slight citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and enjoyable!

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 16:19:30 | More by aquatonex
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 22:54:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 14:07:19 | More by pezoids
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.