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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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 sulldaddy


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one at Half time. Never seen it before. Not sure if I will ever see it in my fridge again.

I am sampling a chilled brew in a pint glass. The beer pours very light yellow with a bleached white fluffy head foaming up about 1 cm. Very large bubbles on the sides yet finely packed on the surface.
Aroma is slightly grainy with light lemon hints. Very mild overall. First sip reveals a thin brew with rather prickly carbonation. Flavor is mild but some wheat twang is present. The beer is crisp and refreshing but rather devoid of any bold flavors. The finish leaves me wondering where the taste is??

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 03:45:57 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of granger10


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

This beer poured a bright golden color with a foamy white head. Good amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell has a nice semi-sweet wheat nose to it. The flavors in this beer seem to not really mesh too well together. I notice the wheat malt upfront and maybe a little citrus taste in the background but then that really fades. Spicy hops are in the finish but they seem almost out of place. This beer isn't too smooth and not really exciting either. Nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 15:32:01 | More by granger10
Photo of ElGordo


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

Nice, bright, clear golden color with a light, slightly foamy head. Not much aroma - just clean grain and a whiff of yeast. Nice, clean taste. Crisp malt, with a light hop bite. Nice, full body allows the flavor to linger on the palate. Wish I'd bought more than a single body of this one, it's a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 02:58:05 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Mitchster


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear light goldenrod, forming a large meringue-like rocky white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong with spiral streamers. Aroma is light and piquant with a suggestion of wheat malt and pale malt, some distant floral hops, an ale fermentation with a touch of dusty dryness. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Taste begins with a touch of floral hops...tastes like Saaz, then some flimsy malts, some ale esters, a medium herbal and earthy bitterness towards the semi-dry finish with touches of lemon-pith astringency.

Rather indistinct from any other entry-level American Wheat ale, this beer does little for me. It's clean and cold, but that's about it. I would pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 23:44:46 | More by Mitchster
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden slightly hazed nice white head leaves nice even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Sharp sweetness with a citrus tone wow, it's not a wit definitely an American wheat ale. Taste: Bready, slight bitter finish not a smooth wheat beer light citrus and wheat flavor but clean. Mouthfeel: Lighter body lacks smooth crispness, high carbonation. Drinkability: Mediocre wheat ale, not my cup of tea at all flavors are blend leaves me wanting more flavor a whole lot more.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 01:18:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of nomad


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, its got a head like whipping egg whites to soft peaks. Underneath is a chunky stain wrapping around the dull golden beer. Sharp carbonation brings on crisp malt, snappy wheat, and equally brisk hops competing in a loud battle. Tastes like a better version of a macro pilsener; actually, eerily close to one. Green, bitter hops last really long but are fairly watered and balanced out in the finish. Dry paper is a dominant notion as the profile is as rough and poorly hewn as I could imagine. Smell is forgettable, similar to how it tastes but nowhere near as powerful.

I'm guessing this is probably what a good American pilsener was before Prohibition: some pale malt, some wheat because its cheaper, and whatever hops you could get your hands on.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 00:44:07 | More by nomad
Photo of benmiliron


2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $7.99 for a six pack.

A rather disappointing showing from the usually solid folks at Anchor. Pretty in the glass, a very light wheat beer. Almost tastes infected/metallic. Tastes like it came out of a can, or was sitting warm somewhere for a year.

Still, I paid for it, so I'll drink the other 5. Hopefully it'll get better.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 19:57:43 | More by benmiliron
Photo of Bruiser81


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

Pours a very clean crisp light yellow color. A very fizzy white head grows only to one finger before settling back down.
The smell is clean, very malty. Light grasses along with sweet malt. Seems to be very grainy.
Taste is very light. Slight hints of sweet and pale malts up front. A fairly strong malted wheat taste is also present. The aftertaste has a very strong corn adjunct taste, not very pleasant. Seems to be some sort of off flavor in there somewhere, or is it all that corn taste.
Very thin mouthfeel not very drinkable.
This is a very subpar American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 21:53:20 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of watermelonman


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a bright yellow and gold color with a moderate head. The head quickly faded, but it's leaving a very nice large and splotchy lace behind.

The smell makes me think of a sour and off lager. That didn't detract too much from the taste though. There's almost a hint fruit in there, possibly apricot. It sits well in the mouth and definitely goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 00:06:29 | More by watermelonman
Photo of BeerManDan


2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured in a glass the color was of a light golden yellow with foam that disapates in a couple of seconds. The smell was very shallow. I could pick up a little citrus and hops, but not a really aroma that gets your attention. The taste had a citrus flavor that tasted like a sour lemon. That sourness was not really unpleasant, but sort of a turn off. I personally don't like a citrus/sour flavor when drinking wheat beer. But a nice beer on a hot day after doing yard work!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:34:08 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of tfinn


4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beautiful straw-colored effervescent beer is beautiful to look at in a tall pilsner glass. the carbonation is sufficient to develop a nice head which settles down into a fine foam during the course of consumption, with patches of foamy lacing formed on the sides of the glass. (well, I added a few grains of rice before the pour, but I've heard german bartenders doing this with weissbiers to prolong the head, and it just looks so pretty with a nice head.)

scent is grassy, with muted hops and a malt profile distinctive of wheat beers.

taste is decidedly grainy, but well balanced versus the hops and carbonic(sp?) tang. flower and citrus esters (as opposed to banana present in full weissbiers) are present in small amounts during the tail. finish is clean, with no residual bitterness. very refreshing.

mouthfeel is light, almost astringent due to the graininess, but not at all harsh or vinous.

yum yum. great stuff for a warm summer day, this is beer to mow by. I could drink litres.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 05:53:25 | More by tfinn
Photo of RootedFool


4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours a shimmering, translucent gold with a quarter inch of egg-white white foam, very bubbly, some minimal scraps of lace cling to the glass. And now the head's fallen completely, white film swirls on the surface of the brew, and a few big, bright bubbles.

The smell is a sweet yeasty flourish; the finish is all earthy and floral malts and underlying hop bitterness. Smells like summer to me!

Taste opens with a wide-reaching soft pinch of hops, with an overhead rush of spicy malts and sourdough breadiness. The middle underlines the bitterness, and at the same time the malts concentrate into a solid spine. Keep in mind, these flavors are very relaxed, nothing palate-pounding here. The finish is a very refreshing, crisp tingle of hops, like sucking on lemon grass and sunshine.

Carbonation is crisp and plentiful; thin and refreshing mouthfeel.

I'm enjoying this -- a bright, bright brew. I need to buy a few sixers. Can't imagine a better session brew to match this spring weather.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 03:39:37 | More by RootedFool
Photo of smcolw


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden (but cloudy) in color, lovely snow white head that leaves a mild lace.

Some wheat, but there's an off odor similar to animal stall in a barn. The beer also appears to have skunked slightly.

More hopped than anticipated (I didn't really smell it). Drier than most wheat beers. If I was blindfolded, I'd probably predict this to be a light American pale ale. This is a pleasant beer but not as a wheat beer; there's very little to notice.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 20:04:56 | More by smcolw
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no discernible "bottled on" or "best before" date; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Summer Brews" samples pack from the Cost Plus on Santa Monica and Westwood for $7.99.

Appearance: Pours an orange-tinged, straw-colored gold; somewhat hazy; huge, batter-like head; a good d-cup's worth of lace; stellar head retention.

Aroma: Nicely of lemon peel, pine and caramel-like malt.

Taste: Fairly dry upfront with a gentle, bready malt backbone; light fruitiness lurking in the background; clear notes of lemon and grain pervade; mild+ bitterness in the finish; gentle wheat twang; hop flavors are largely woody and earthy, although a mild spiciness is to be found as well; light to medium bodied; something of a crisp, prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: Good rendition of a lackluster style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 06:18:21 | More by Mustard
Photo of shippos

New York

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured with a thick rocky white head, a straw color with touch of hazyness. slight hint of malt in the aroma and maybe a hint of some estery/fruity notes in the background. Has a crisp refreshing taste that is nice balance to the slighty watery body. the co2 adds and enhances the refreshing quality of the ale. kinda bummed that these were twist-off bottles though since I like the look of anchor's bottles for my homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 14:00:39 | More by shippos
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big let-down, the other beers from Anchor i've had have been delicious, this basically taste like a bland (but well made) lager, thin, grainy, watery, nothing really really struck a chord with it being a wheat beer either, is this what all American wheats are like? The closest thing to Cascade Summer Blonde i can remember having, only this is a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:52:03 | More by rastaman
Photo of goz


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

Crystal clear golden, large fluffy white head that diminishes slowly to leave good lacing on the glass. Aroma is light, some slight banana, mild caramel, and a bit of floral hops. Flavor is equally light, mixing the above together in a well-balanced manner. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, somewhat dry ending. Not really what I was expecting from this brew, but not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 00:46:40 | More by goz
Photo of PatandDavid


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My new thing is to try beer I've never had before. So when I saw this, I grabbed it.

Color is clear and golden. The head was like egg whites (they describe it so on the label): white and a bit frothy.

Smell wasn't outstanding: a slight burnt aroma, or like cardboard. Basically, it's not outstanding.

Taste is light, slightly citrusy. The mouthfeel is a bit thin in the finish, and the carbonation is very small and tight. The carbonation is the initial note noticed during tasting. Some citrus aftertaste as well.

While not a horrible beer, the smell is not its strong point. It is fairly easy to drink, but I probably won't purchase again. pat

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 23:38:25 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of edchicma


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

A nice golden yellow with a very nice head that left a very nice lace. Smell was weak, and somewhat fruity. Taste was mild, with a slight tartness that was a nice touch. Mouthfeel was light, but somewhat refreshing. Very easy to drink...a nice summer offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 23:31:40 | More by edchicma
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

A light fruitiness to the aroma, as well as a good amount of floral hop bouquet. Smells lightly wheaty with a bit of grain in the nose. Deep gold color, like a Czech pils, brilliantly clear. Nice clean tasting with a good amount of hop flavor for a wheat beer, accompanied with a light sweetness that finishes the beer off. Light body with a bit of maltiness to it. Nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 17:16:06 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Running4beer


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly thins out but stays till the end and leaves a lace around the glass each time you take a sip. IMO there really isn't much to this brew no strong charcteristics smell or tastes. The little smell that I could pick out was that of wheat and citrus hops. Taste was of citrus hops, a bit of wheat and some floral hops as well. Not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 19:26:51 | More by Running4beer
Photo of BeerBuilder


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

Pours to a golden color with a thick, chunky white head that looks like dish soap. The aroma is of wheat, with a light fruity hoppiness. The flavor is of wheat, light malt, and spicy, fruity hops. It is a light bodied, smooth beer. An easy drinking summer beer; very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 18:44:15 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a slightly hazy, brilliant gold body with a light orange cast and a full head of creamy bright white foam. Quite attractive! The head retention is fairly good, and although it eventually drops to just a collar, it does leave some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a distinctly wheat-like malt with some hay and a mild background-note of citrus (lemon). It's crisp and invigorating in the mouth with a very fine and somewhat effervescent carbonation that delicately prickles the tongue and then dissappears, letting the beer glide smoothly down the gullet. Perfect for a refreshing summer beer. The flavor reveals much more lemony character than the nose suggests, wrapped in a blanket of soft and dry wheatish malt. A firm bitterness rises and leads into a dry lingering finish where the citrus receives one more quick turn, and then an almost metallic bitterness engulfs the mouth. A light bodied, dry, and refreshing American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 20:07:25 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Kongquistador


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must note that I have very little familiarity with any style of wheat beers, including the "American wheat beer" this claims to be the founder of.

Pours with a moderate head, very small bubbles, and nice and thick, although the advertised. The head is almost white, which nicely compliments this golden colored ale. It has small floaters still moving around after a couple of minutes of drinking, and left a very fine white lace which has clung to the sides quite nicely. The bouquet from this beer is mostly fruit and floral, but not very strongly so. Also a faint grassy hint, not at all obvious. A nice smell, but not sublime by any means.

The taste is a little thin, which could be construed as a good thing, depending on the drinking conditions. As it happens, I'm interested ins opening the beer, sitting down, and enjoying it, so the lack character from the brew is a little off-putting. It didn't hit my mouth with much flavor in the first taste, but allowing it to swirl around a little reveals some of the citrusy flavor the smell promised. As the beer has warmed, a little more flavor has emerged: a sort of indescribable wheaty flavor, with a very light citrusy taste. The aftertaste reminds you that it is a wheat beer, and it leaves a pleasant lingering note.

Mouthfeel is nice, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and the beer itself is very smooth and light, and although I don't buy into the idea of seaonal beers, I concede this is probably a good one for a hot day, especially considering the flavors only emerge to any degree as it warms a good deal. But it would be better to look for something with a little more character. Overall this is a drinkable beer, possesed of all the attributes which I would look for in a favorite, except that it fails to deliver the most crucial part of the experience, flavor. I suppose its moderate alcohol make it readily and safely consumable in larger quantity.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 05:05:46 | More by Kongquistador
Photo of moulefrite


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing to get terribly excited about in this offering, yet it seems that Anchor is out to ( as the label states) revive not only hearty dark bers, but light, crisp in style, modern American Wheat beers as well. I'm not sure they have revived a style, or if the style: "modern American wheat beer" is actually a style?? But, I will say the beer refreshed nicely enough and was certainly light and crisp. It also had the tiniest citrus twang at the tail end and came off as a clean, well made example of what they intended it to be. And, while I've read the reviews saying it did not taste like a German Hefe, and that it was not worth the bother, I must say that while I love German wheat beer, I don't think this is pretending to be one. Further, I'd bet plenty of folk would enjoy this, if not entirely for its simplicity, more than a Hefe. A decent, again, "lawnmower beer" I believe, in fact has its place in American culture, and I think that is what was intended here. I think, it is at the very least......worth the bother.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 00:50:00 | More by moulefrite
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.