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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 19
Gots: 83 | 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 billybob
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a honey golden opaque with a two finger white head that fades quickly with a fair amount of good sticky lace. weak slight spiced aroma. very bland spice,pepper taste what saves it is the light sharp crisp mouthfeel and carbonation. have had much better and don't think i will buy this beer again.

Photo of stewart124
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got ahold of this one late in the season but I am always willing to try an anchor beer.

Pours a clean dark straw color with a thick slightly off-white head. Smell is fairly faint with bits of grass and floral hops that are barely noticable.

Sweet and clean with a dry finish that is a little spicy. There are slight fruity esters from the anchor ale yeast. Hops blend well and are not very noticable. It is a bit malty and this works well. Body is medium but a bit chewy from the 50/50 wheat to barley mash.

Almost seems like a kolsch for this wheat/summer ale. Not bad but really not the special. Refreshing and I wonder if I would appreciate this more given the correct season.

Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is better than the average American wheat ale. And this one does seem to drift towards the Bavarian styles without really going there. Do like the Bavarians much better, but this isn't bad. Clean, yellow hazy gold color. Fresh nose. Satisfying flavor, body, and finish. Easy drinking.

Photo of guzzle211
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle driven 4/5 of the way across the country by malthead - thanks!
A: clear light golden appearance, resembles a kolsch. the neck band refers to an 'unusually abundant' head, which I did not experience. the head that did form, however, did resemble the whipped edd whites that the band also mentions. sparse lacing that didn't last long.
S: bready and malty with a slight funk
T: the low IBU is a great way to calibrate the pallate.
M: it has a foamy presence, expands in the mouth
D: maybe in August after mowing the grass this would be a good thirst-quencher, but as I sit here tonight - even as a fan of malt - I am happy to have experienced yet another unique brew, however, I won't be actively seeking more.

Photo of morimech
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is a clear, golden colored beer with a thin head that leaves spotty lacing. This is a dark wheat beer and not the witbier I have been accustomed to. The aroma is biscuits and yeasty malt. The taste is malty with no bitterness noted. Not what I expected from a wheat ale. I did not like it at all. It is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Leaves a bit of an unappetizing lingering aftertaste. Time to put this one to bed.

Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from my girlfriend's house

Surprised to see this was the first American Wheat beer to be brewed, that is cool

Great beer that has a real nice golden color and thick foamy head

Taste was full of lemons and hops, interesting combo made for a decent brew

Could drink a lot of these, especially in the heat

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a clear shade of pale gold,.a fluffy white head of half a finger, lots of nice lacing, quite nice. The aroma is very much Anchor... which I respect, but don't like all much. Wheat, hay, and earthy things are prominent in both aroma and taste, some citrus in the latter, like lemon-grass. The mouth is probably the most pleasant thing about this beer, at once smooth, crisp, and a bit grainy in the finish. In all, its one more Anchor beer I don't like, but would still drink, my weird love-hate thing with em'.

Photo of Dubbercody
1.73/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle. Eh...what’s to say. I didn’t really like this one. It’s uninteresting, somewhat bitter. Not even close to wheat-like. Not a fan of this one, and I expected more from Anchor. Glad I only got a single.

But, it's a cool bottle, nice design...hope the recycling guys like it.

Photo of mdagnew
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a very pale golden colour. White head poured quite rocky then faded quickly to thin wispy coating. Pretty sparse carbonation.. light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very light biscuit malts, some juicy fruits (lemons, apples, grapefruits), some doughy traces, cut grass, some sea salt, light spicy hops, floral, some graininess...

Taste - Pretty much as above with some light wheaty traces... pale malts, watered down fruits, light honey sweetness, grassy, salty notes, definite graininess...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... Pretty drinkable at only 4.6%.. good on a hot summers day but definitely needs to be chilled as the grainy notes become more pronounced as it warms up...

Overall - An decent enough brew - pretty drinkable when chilled... worth a try...

Photo of Onslow
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Of all the Anchor beers out there, this is the plops! ..Pours an uninspiring haze with low foam... Taste is refreshing but lacks any character! Not much else to say except that i wasted my money on a whole sixer! Pass on this and get a real beer! shame!

Photo of techdiver
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a decent head that dissipates into a smaller rocky head and finally a thin cap of foam. Displays good carbonation.

Modest nose of wheat and faint hops.

Taste echoes the nose, nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The carbonation helps greatly here.

Like so many summer brews, this is good for a hot day. Easy drinking, but then there are so many more that are notches higher.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden body with substantial visible carbonation. Excellent fluffy head leaves some nice lace down the glass.

Aroma is pretty average. Nothing really stands out.

Grains, malts, hints of citrus, light crisp hops. Wheat flavor is muted and not as full or rich as I like for the style. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable at only 4.6%.

Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 6 pack with a friend the other night.
Beer Pours a crisp pale golden color. Smell is a lemony, hoppy smell. Balance of wheat and hops is very smooth. Taste is crisp, and a wheat and lemon flavor. I also tasted a slight pinch of honey and molasses. Nice touch on a wheat beer. Carbonation is smooth, and we had no trouble putting this 6 pack away while watching some baseball. Great Summer BEvERage.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pale yellow, with a white head, which looks good in the beginning, but dissipates rapidly.

S: The smell is quite good, I was surprised, lots of fragrant lemon and floral hop smells.

T: Very light, some pale wheat malt and lemon, very subtle, nothing much to the taste.

M: Light, spritzy, quite refreshing actually.

D: I had no problems drinking this beer, it would be a good thirst quencher on a hot day, but there are other summer beers I prefer, not a horrible buy though, for me.

Photo of edskirk3
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is flipping hot today. Good thing I had Anchor Summer Beer in the fridge, right? Well, let's see.

It is packaged in the familiar stubby 12 oz Anchor bottle, with an old-fashioned looking label. The back label has the code 7AY on it, whatever that means. The neck label boasts that this is an all-malt beer, 50% of which is wheat.

The bottle is a twist-off, and I'm pouring into a glass mug. I behold a clear gold body and two fingers of head. The white head retains very well and is sustained by medium carbonation.

My nose corroborates the all-malt story, as I detect no hop presence whatsoever. I am instead treated to pale barley and wheat malt. And not much else. Very clean aroma. Clean taste as well. Just malt and some very light breadiness in the finish.

And guess what, it's not bad on a hot day like this. It's a wheat beer that you don't have to ponder. Just drink it. It does its job.

In summary, I wouldn't turn one down... but there's wheat beers out there that have more going on.

Photo of BigRedN
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is bright golden, clear, with a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch white head. The head fades to a partial cover on the liquid. Leaves little lacing.

Smell: Touch of wheat and a little light fruitiness. Overall though the scent is largely lacking.

Taste: Light wheat malt, a touch bitter on the finish. Just not very inspired IMO.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and a bit watery, yet it is lively with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV makes this sessionable, I just don't really want to drink many. An ok beer that is good on a hot day, but I only find myself wanting one or two.

Photo of jwc215
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright golden yellow with a thick white head that descends to a thin, creamy cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of mild wheat tang and some husk.

The taste is of some doughy wheat and slight huskiness. A touch of soapiness as it warms. Hints of vague fruitiness. Abrupt, very slightly metallic, finish.

Light-bodied with a thinness typical of the style.

This is your typical/mediocre/run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Nothing makes it stand apart, and it has minor irritants, to boot. Bland. Good enough to have one or two on a hot day, but so are so many better ones.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from Anchor’s typical short and stumpy 12 oz. brown bottle.
A: Cloudy gold color. Thick head that does seem to have the consistency of whipped egg whites, as the label indicates. Sounds kinda gross, but it actually looks nice and does give the beer a unique and interesting mouthfeel.
S: Somewhat malty and sweet, but mostly smells like citrus and wheat.
T: Quite malty and wheaty, with strong citrus flavors, most notably lemon. Smooth and crisp.
M: I can feel the head on my lips due to its thickness, and I think this is one of the more satisfying feeling beers I’ve tried in awhile. Very crisp and refreshing; a perfect example of summertime refreshment.
D: Very drinkable, especially in summer weather. I easily went through the 6-pack I bought, and I might get more while this heat lasts!

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

I'm giving this one average marks across the board. The plus side is the frothy white head, but this is compromised by the perfumy, cloying smell. This is a light bodied, decently carbonated, refreshing wheat beer with very faint hops, an imbalanced maltiness, a slight muted citrus flavor, and a watery mouth feel. This is an average wheat beer, very drinkable, but you can do better.

Tried this again on 8-27-08: The smell is mustier than I remembered it, the watery consistency is also quite pronounced. My review hasn't changed, still an average take.

Photo of Grundle20
2.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours crystal clear and golden in color. There's a big fluffy white head but it displays poor retention and very little lacing.

From what I could gather, and that isn't much since this beer is almost devoid of scent, this beer smells like dish soap and nutmeg. There's corn like sweetness in the back but ultimately nothing about this beer really says wheat anything to me, crisp and light malt liquor maybe but not wheat ale.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks thin with very faint flavors of corn sweetness and a fleeting hint of wheat. There's some mild earthy hop tones but they're pretty blunted as well. Carbonation is light, and the beer goes down rather smooth which is to be expected in a beer nearly vacant of flavor. The finish is clean with a lingering corn sweetness in to the aftertaste.

This beer is only baby steps ahead of a macro lager in terms of flavor and as such the drinkability is just about as high. An absolutely pound worthy beer.

Bottom Line:
Well I'd take this over a Budweiser on just about any day but only just so. A really lackluster beer from an otherwise great brewery. Pass on this beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A big three finger cream cheese head rises above a clear golden brew a shade or two darker than your average macro lager. The head shows some ok retention, but then disappeas entirely after five minutes or so. A small amount of sea foam lace is left on the glass.

S - Smells similar to Anchor Steam, but much more watered down. Yeasty fresh baked bread is the dominant aroma, and there is the tiniest hint of orangey wheat twang, but it's pretty weak in the nose. Saltine cracker and fresh bread. It does smell very fresh and inviting, it just lacks complexity.

T - Twangy and a bit acrid up front (almost like peppery pilsener hops....saaz?), with bready yeast flavors to follow. Very off-balance and odd. I like the yeasty and bready finish, but the sour oddball citric flavors just seem out of whack. This is not very good.

M - Light and twangy with an acrid, acidic component that I don't care for. Big wheat snap right before the dry finish.

D - Uh, not good. This is a very odd beer and not in a good way. There are two factions at war here...the acrid pils/saaz pepper hops vs. the sweet yeasty fresh baked bread. Sadly, the saaz/pils army spoils what could have been a tasty yeasty wheat beer. This is not bad, but it sure ain't good.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

1 inch head recedes to 1/4 inch and sticks around with a very slight lacing. Very highly carbonated. Aroma is very yeasty with a light banana aroma, slight peppery spice and a bit of noble hops.

Taste is very light with lots of the banana, and a bit of bready yeast. Zingy peppery bite. Nice sour, almost lemony character. Not complex, but it is what it is, a refreshing, light summer beer that has a lot of flavour. Not overcarbonated in the mouth, and lightly dry. Enjoyable, not mindblowing.

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

A: Clear golden, two finger picturesque head. Great lacing throughout the session.
S: Sweet and malty.
T: More sweet malts, hint of vanilla.
M: Crisp light-medium body
D: Good and drinkable. You should expect more from an American Pale Wheat, BUT as a summer seasonal it fits the bill nicely.

Photo of bahumutx
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a large white head.

Smell: Wheat and a slight yeast aroma.

Taste: Wheat, some yeast and slight lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Good session beer.

Not the best of example of this style but a good offering form Anchor.

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

355ml bottle, poured into a US shaker pint

Pours with a yellow body, very slightly haze. Thick puffy white head with fair retention. Some lacing

Smell, very faint melon and banana, yeastiness, little bit of musty malt character. Some wheat, slightly perfumy

Taste, slight spicy wheat character, some lemon zest, tiny hop character towards the end

A disappointing beer. American wheat beers always leave me with an emptiness, that they could have done such a better job. I'll have to try and get my hands on some Gumball and a few others to sway my opinion

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.