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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 65 | 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 pjwilson


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

appearance: summer's here so why not? a nice looking beer, very pale yellow with an egg white head as per the bottle. first american wheat beer.

smell: very light smell of grain, very, very light.

taste: super light wheat taste, no hops and no yeast. good but way too subtle, doesn't hold a candle to blue star wheat, which was a very subtle beer in of it's self.

mouthfeel: tastes watered down.

drinkability: a drinkable enough beer, got a good smoothness, but there better choices for summer beers. this stuff ain't cheap.

06-06-2006 03:16:29 | More by pjwilson
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%

Poured a pale straw hue with a three finger sudsy head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell doughy and lemony. A definite wheat malt aroma.

The taste was very light and very crisp. A nice wheaty flavor, cut with a noticable lemon zest. An excellent soft biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very light and crisp. Good carbonation.

A very nice wheat ale. The perfect summer brew.

06-01-2006 02:03:48 | More by plaid75
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Pale, crystal clear gold, topped with a creamy white head. Good retention. Clean aroma, dominated by sourish wheat and citrusy, earthy hops. Very crisp flavor, light bodied with snappy carbonation. This stuff is perfectly designed to toss back in sweltering heat. Very clean, with a simple flavor consisting mostly of wheat and a bit of lemon-lime in the finish. The wheat contributes to a satisfyingly dry finish, mildy hopped and quenching. Not a lot going on, but it's a great beer for sipping in the summer months.

05-29-2006 08:09:59 | More by UnionMade
Photo of sloejams


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

This beer is something I could throw back quite easily during some summer bbq days. I got an early start and did so this past weekend.

It has a light yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma is slight: some wheat and a hint of citrus. The taste is refreshing, the wheat is the initial flavor. The malt brings it altogether. It's light and refreshing.

A decent summer wheat.

05-22-2006 22:57:42 | More by sloejams
Photo of PeatReek


3.73/5  rDev +10%

Bright and clear, solid yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma is just the slightest bit sulphury, with a crisp malt/wheat smell and a whisp of floral hops. Very light palate and an accordingly light flavor. Crisp malt is in the taste too, but the floral hops are a bit more prominent on the tongue than they were in the nose. Nice fizzy carbonation complements the light body well... this beer is what the "American Lager" style should have been (yes, I know it's a wheat ale). This is not one of those beers that knocks my socks off in a way that would make me seek it out, but it is an eminently drinkable summer quaff.

05-22-2006 03:33:53 | More by PeatReek
Photo of DogFood11


2.7/5  rDev -20.4%

Like the bottle states the head is liked whipped eggs, creamy, nice retention. Fine carbonation speed their way to the top with aggression supporting a neverending off white head.

As much as I love the appearance it starts to go down a bit from there. Don't get me wrong I buy this brew often for many reasons not the least of which is a fair price, and refreshing finish. Malts are a bit unrefined, in that it can be at times almost a hay, dry grass type pull. Lemon rind is sharp to the point of being intrusive on the rest of the ingredients. Nothing really super offensive in this brew, finishes very clean and uber crisp. Light on the palate leaning towards a moderately heavy carbonation that whisks away any thoughts of an aftertaste.

Notes: Another in a long line of beers that I've had numerous times but never bothered to jot down a note. I've always enjoyed this brew and for those that have had the session premium lager from full sail, I find this to be similar although a bit lighter in every way.

05-14-2006 17:39:07 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Mdog


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Gold to amber in color, plenty of bubbles feeding a off-white head.

Smell: Wheat, slight citrus smell. Seems faint for the amount of carbonation.

Taste: Similar to the smell, wheat graininess at first with a little bit of lemon later on.

Mouthfeel: Nothing exceptional, not heavy or coating.

Drinkability: Flavors mix pretty well, it's easy to drink.

This is a pretty average wheat pale ale. You shouldn't turn up your nose at it but there are better options out there.

05-14-2006 00:15:45 | More by Mdog
Photo of beermanbrian


2.83/5  rDev -16.5%

Golden yellow color. White head that drops to a thin film that sticks around. Very active carbonation gives this a nice lively appearance. Smell of light wheat malts, lemon zest and some yeastyness that gives it a little bit of a bread note. Overall the smell is on the faint side. Taste is pretty bland. The high carbonation level covers up the little bit of flavor that tries to come through. Some wheat malt and a little bit of spicyness and some lemon zest are there if you really look for it. The finish is very dry. Overall just an average beer. Might be nice on a hot summer day when you are just lookign for something to wet you mouth, but on 2nd thought there are many better choices. The only redeeming quality, the active appearance due to the high carbonation level, ends up being a detriment when it comes to taste.

05-12-2006 00:36:05 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of jmz62565


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

This pours a clear golden yellow with a small head that disappears quickly. The smell is very slight with only a hint of citrus malt. The taste has some citrus hops and malt along with abit of wheat flavors. Not a bad tasting beer. The m/f is light with a good balance of wheat and malt flavors. This is a pretty good tasting beer, but I was expecting so much more.

05-01-2006 00:41:54 | More by jmz62565
Photo of jaluria


4/5  rDev +18%

A light amber colored beer with an off-white colored head that leaves behind some lacing. Aromas of grains, bread, fresh fruit, and pine seem apparent to me. The taste is a delicious blend of fruity tartness and sweetness. It's quite refreshing (as might be expected for a wheat beer) with a dry, bitter aftertaste. The drinkability is high with this beer because of the low ABV and enjoyable flavors.

12-06-2005 21:16:07 | More by jaluria
Photo of sopor


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Pretty nice brew here, pale golden wheat with a thin white crown of quickly receding head leaving an uneven film maintained fairly well by a decent amount of bubbles rising in towers. Buttered bread smells are light with perhaps a hint of lemon zest. Light malt notes accompanied by apples and a slight lemmon/citrus twang ended with just a small biscuit tone. Hops are welcome to an otherewise good, but non-exceptional brew, leaving a fairly clean, but not crisp, finish. Malts open as it warms, thank god. Light body and delicate carbonation for a very refreshing brew. HIghly drinkable, but not outstanding. Good representation of style IMO though.

11-24-2005 13:27:14 | More by sopor
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

A very pale straw color insued with minimal head that doesnt leave and leaves the smallest amount of lacing down the glass. For a wheat beer, this beer is very very clear. The only cloudiness seemed to be from chill haze.

Smell is pretty typical of a wheat beer. Wheat and yeast and citrus flavors. Lemony and spicy as well. Not bad.

Taste seemed pretty average. Actually tasted pretty fruity. Not much wheat taste to it and minimal yeast taste as well. I like the yeastiness of wheat beers but this is lacking in that department. Coriander seemed to be a big flavor.

Mouthfeel was smooth yeat spicy with nice carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit bitter for my liking. Definitely would be a tasty beverage in the summer time; possibly during a baseball game or even an early season football game here in the south.

11-21-2005 20:29:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of connecticutpoet


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Well, this one was clear for a wheat beer, and was a standard yellow color... almost no head, and what little foam there was dissipated quickly. An unremarkable start.

I smelled lots of wheat malt, some bittering bops, and a hint of spiciness that might hve been coriander. Not sure if they used it in this brew, though.

The flavor was all wheat malt. It was a little bitter, and had a flat metallic taste on the swallow. Unimpressive.

Mouthfeel was pretty average for a wheat beer.. nothing too heavy, kind of refreshing in consistency. It was thirst-quenching.

Drinkability was purely average. There are plenty of other wheats I'd go for preferentially, but I wouldn't completely turn my nose up at this one if offered one at a get-together.

11-07-2005 04:10:54 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10%

It pours a clear brisk gold with rising towers of carbonation. As promised on the label, a rich two fingers of whipped egg white head swells, then ebbs slow, leaving arcs lacing the side of the glass.

The aroma bears notes of uncooked dough and prunes. A slight wheaty bite swirls gently as well.

On first taste, a dusty wheat sweetness comes forth, bearing a flash of apple and vague dried fruit. The flavor drops off quickly to a thinner quenching dryness. It’s not unsatisfying, but it is rather sparse. The finish is dry with a slight doughy bitterness along the sides of the tongue.

It is certainly light bodied, but not watery. There’s enough backbone to keep the elements generally coherent.

While not a star if any show, it is a real nice summer beer, not run of the mill, and not a standout. It’s crisp, refreshing, and inviting, but it still suffers ever so slightly from its innate thinness that falls just short of genuinely impressing. But wanting more actually helps make this drinkable, and that’s good because it can slake a thirst in spite of any shortcomings. In the heat, in the sun, I’d have no issue with one in the hand and one waiting in the bush. Or something

10-21-2005 22:02:05 | More by Foxman
Photo of radshoesbro


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

wasn't completely what i expected. for a summer beer i felt that it was a bit to hoppy for my taste. pours a nice golden with a good head that recedes very quickly. smells of hops with a tinge of alcohol. tastes very hoppy. for the style of beer this is i personally think there is way to much hops in it. mild wheat in the finish. definately a light bodied brew that's good for drinking on a hot day. this is one of very few beers that i wouldn't mind drinking out of the bottle.

09-30-2005 13:34:31 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of TastyTaste


2.6/5  rDev -23.3%

My last of the regular Anchor beers to review, other than the back cataolgue of OSA's. Very light colored body, ellow, and slightly hazy. The head is very creamy and full on the pour,, fading to leave a nice creamy layer of foam atop the beer. A little skunky malt and slight banana in the nose. Taste is skunky and old tasting, metallic and unappealing, rather offensive to the taste buds. Mouthfeel is poorly carbonated. This is not up to anchor quality. I will suggest you pass on this beer, and get the other anchor offerings.

09-17-2005 00:57:06 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

I felt a bit let down by this beer, but in no way does that mean it isn't good; I just felt it could have been better. Poured out to a nice Golden color with medium carbonation and some minor lacing around the glass. Aromas of malt, wheat and a slightly skunked character. Taste was decent enought, but slightly weak. Flavors of citrus lemon, grain, malt and hops. Better definition would be a nice improvement. Mouthfeel was crisp and zesty. Not bad drinkability, I'd have this again. Maybe next year some minor changes could result in major gains. Worth a try.

09-16-2005 01:28:59 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Zorro


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a clear golden color beer with a puffy white head.

Smell is lots of wheat scent, very bready in nature. Faint wisp of a citrus hop scent. Spicy yeast scent, but not too strong.

Taste is clean and very grainy; you can clearly taste the flavor of wheat grain in this one. Powder yeast flavor and a little tart in the finish. Faintly bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel is light but that is probably what they were looking for in a summer thirst quenching beer.

Drinkability is OK but it is a disappointment. Why make an American beer when they could have made a German or Belgian version that would have been far more tasty. All they would have had to do would be change the yeast used.

Pricey and disappointing.

09-11-2005 22:02:39 | More by Zorro
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

1cm white, bumpy cloud on top of a clear, rich, gold body. Burnt toast and a little tangy spoonk in the nose. Front is very tangy citrus. Middle is sharp and fruity, medium body. Mucho burnt white toast in the end; very crisply bitter. Nice N Nutty aftertaste. It's good: good flavors: tangy, toasty, bitter.

08-31-2005 16:30:52 | More by kbub6f
Photo of NEhophead


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

Foamy, bright white head that spreads to the glass' sides, and a thin sheet, after a few moments. Patches of thin and condensed lacing. Very pale straw in color with a chill haze.

Slightly sweet, yet musty, caramel aroma. Wheat, rice, corn, and grain; very musty and astringent smelling.

Right up front is a coarse, wet-wood tasting grain and wheat-driven flavor. A hint of sweetness precedes this nearly unpleasant wheat background. An astringency and mustiness is prevalant from beginning to end. The bitterness is almost dark and is followed by an aftertaste of adjunctory flavors.

Light bodied; coarse and prickly on the palate. Bleachy, perfume-like feel.

Although light and drinkabel, this version is tough to have again. A disappointing offering from Anchor, but this style is tough to pull off.

08-30-2005 22:39:29 | More by NEhophead
Photo of arizcards


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.59 in early July.

Pours a nice golden color with a big fluffy head with decent head retention. Nose is grassy upon first impression with perhaps a hint of lemon there. Taste is crisp and cleansing of the palate, very wheaty as categorized. Mouthfeel is full and fairly lively. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice little session beer that I would recommend.

08-30-2005 00:56:07 | More by arizcards
Photo of KoG


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

Golden body with no real haze topped with a substanial head that laces well.

Smell is wheat with some light apple and citric hints. Bit of lemon as well.

Wheat dominates the taste up front and slowly fades into a lemon-like sourness matched with light hop bitterness. Not bad and easily drinkable.

Did me good on a hot beach but not my favorite of the style.

08-27-2005 01:10:56 | More by KoG
Photo of Naes

New York

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%

This beer is a crystal clear golden color with an enormous white head.

The sent is of nothing more than malt and wheat.

After the head settles down and you can finally take a sip, I find the brew to be less bold than I expected judging by the aroma. This beer is definitely defined by its wheat, but seems quiet and a little under flavored.

This is a light bodied beer and has surprisingly little carbonation when you look at its enormous head. This is a refreshing beer, but nothing spectacular.

08-24-2005 01:15:15 | More by Naes
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

The Anchor Summer Beer pours from the bomber into my SN tulip a crisp golden yellow with a nice two finger head of fast moving creamy bubbly carbonation. Lots of active carbonation rising up the glass as well. Aromas of crisp pale husky maltiness...quite light with a hint of lemon peel. Skunkweed aromas waft off the top with spicy, herbal hops. Pretty unremarkable.

First sip brings an arid, light crisp pale maltiness..husky wheat and hints of lemony citrus. Slightly spicy, herbal hops that may have skunked a bit here. A pretty standard American pale wheat ale....touch bready and creamy. Just doesn't really grab my palate.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation and a crisp, refreshing body that goes down easy. Not bad if you're looking for an easy drinking brew..but I'd rather have a good kolsch or pilsener over this anyday.

08-05-2005 02:27:13 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of LPorter33


2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear golden straw yellow. No head at all. Pretty weak and tame looking.

Smell = An unimpressive funky aroma coming thorugh. It smells a little burned, smokey and a little skunked.

Taste = Pretty darn bland and uninspiring. Ther'es really nothing here. It tastes watery and flavorless, like a macro brew.

Overall = This is a lame beer that did nothing for me. It doesn't taste bad and it can be drunk if you were desperate but I'd never purchase one on my own power again. Nothing going for it and yet nothing really against it either. Very disappointing.

07-21-2005 02:13:14 | More by LPorter33
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
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