1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anchor Summer BeerAnchor Summer Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,128 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | 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)
View: Beers (25) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Anchor Summer Beer Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,128 | Reviews: 581 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear golden body with strong carbonation and a white rocky head.

S- The aroma of German hops and soft wheat notes and pale malt base.

T-This beer has a light German hops flavor with a pale malt flavor. This beer has a crisp clean flavor with a slight hop finish.

M- medium-light mouthfeel

D-This beer taste more like a light German pils than an American pale wheat. It is missing many of the wheat characteristics that it needs to enhance this beer and give it depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 23:55:15 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After a few hours sweating in the backyard, I thought the Summer ale would be perfect. Man, was I wrong. I believe a COLD Miller Lite would have been better. Very malty with a grassy aftertaste. Warmed up quickly and this made it very hard to finish. From a brewery that impresses me, this one was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 19:55:39 | More by Backer2004
Photo of waughbrew


1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cute little anchor bottle. Pour is very pale yellow with a small white "whipped egg white" head that doesn't last. Smell is musty with some sulfur and veggies, kinda like a bad cologne. Decomposing lemons are present in the aroma and the flavor. Overall reminds me of a American macro lager with sweaty gym sock and citrus. The flavor starts off decently, but the finish is just awful. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 00:37:18 | More by waughbrew
Photo of blackie


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big white head that leaves some lacing on the walls of the glass. Color is a very light, macro like, amber. Completely clear.

Smells equally wheaty and grainy. Very slight apricot-like fruit aroma. Hops low. A tiny bit of citrus spiciness in there too.

Well carbonated and light in body.

Like the smell, wheaty and grainy on the tongue; and offset by a generous tease of hop bitterness. A tiny hint of citrus is present.

Anchor Summer Beer is a little lacking in a few areas, but this is still a decent summer beer, considering what is available here. Simple, clean, crisp.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 07:56:45 | More by blackie
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden color, no haze at all. Head was about the size of Jupiter, I lost a bit of the head over the side (I'll call it my pour out for fallen homies, whatever that means). Head dissipated a bit quickly and is now a thin layer of suds with splotchy lacing.

S: Malty with a zingy citrus left cross across the mug. Yeast and malts tend to dominate, with just a bare essence of the hops coming through. Faint doughy bread smell.

T: Lemon zest hop flavors right away, bitter, but low enough to let some of the fruity hop flavors come through. Malt base is solid. Flavors are quick to appear, and just as quick to vanish, this beer has ninja flavors.

M: Moderate/light body. Medium CO2. Alcohol warm nice. Dry on the palate.

D&N: I don't know why, I love (Anchor Summer Beer (Anchor Wheat)) like I do... Very tasty beer. Uber-refreshing. Crisp and clean with great aromas and flavors. I like beers that have me scratching my head trying to figure it out, and this on has it in spades. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 05:19:50 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 21:18:35 | More by brentk56
Photo of Hibernator


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Summer Beer
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date labeled on the back that reads 5YL
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden yellow color with a bone white fluffy head.

Faint whiffs of bread, grains, and wheat.

Very crisp flavor and smooth mouthfeel at the same time. Very light, clean and enjoyable with a dry wheat quality.

The drinkability level with this beer is so nice. It's so quaffable its not even funny. I polished two off and I'm not even trying. A truly great thirst quenching summertime treat. Maybe a tad overpriced, but a solid beer nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 22:57:07 | More by Hibernator
Photo of neonbrown82


2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my newest acquisition of glassware: an Ayinger weizen glass. On that note, I absolutely love drinking from this glass; but back to the point, the beer that currently resides in the glass is utter shite. This is a big disappointment considering it is hot and humid as hell here in Iowa, and I was looking for a nice refreshing wheat beer (which is a style I quite enjoy, mind you).

It looks beautiful for a wheat beer in its proper glassware style. It's a pale yellow and highly carbonated beverage with a perfect white head. I was thinking this would be a good refreshing brew for summer, especially after seeing the beauty of the pour...

...and then came the aroma. If an asshole had an ass of its own, this is probably what it would smell like. I can't possibly describe the smell in terms of beer. Smells like a very shitty lintel soup. The only other beer I can think of that had a smell like this was DFH Shelter Pale, but that beer wasn't nearly as powerful and shitty smelling.

The taste is a bit spicy and wheat-y and backed up by the taste of the aforementioned ranky asshole smell. Fortunately the said taste isn't as strong as the smell. I think it must be the hops.

The mouthfeel is decent for a wheat, at least, but it is not a redeeming quality. I'd be able to drink much more of this without the said undescribable taste/smell. Keep in mind, I love wheat beers, but this one thoroughly blows. It sounds barbaric, but I thought this was better straight from the bottle than poured. I got less of a shitty taste/aroma that way. Buy this beer at your own risk, wheat beer lovers and completionists alike.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 06:13:08 | More by neonbrown82
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
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.