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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | 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 stephendr
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden appearance – medium / thick white head , last kind of long - nose is very , very light skunk , rice , grass , hopps and hay – taste of straw , corn , light wheat and and yeast –sparkly body however, dry body – aftertaste slightly sweet, skunky , and earthy bitter like dirt

Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small, fizzy looking head that achieved some modest lacing. The body is an unimpressive, light caramel color. Looks like beer.

Good wheat/yeast balance in the nose. Actually, very good smell for the genre but slightly weak, which hurts its score.

This is a much better-tasting beverage than I remember (it's been years) however its flavors are difficult to get to through the overly-aggressive carbonation. Once I'd dug through the bubbles, a very soft wheat flavor comes through with a pleasingly bitter finish. Good earthy tones add to a fairly refreshing brew.

This is a light, uncomplex beer that, while not mind-blowing, is a very satisfying drink for one in need of some good ol' refreshment.

Photo of acrawf6
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a light orange amber/dark straw with a frothy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Light, but rich with wheat. It even has a small hop aroma, didnt expect that. It's almost cascade like.

Taste. Typical american wheat, light and simple. there is a nice wheat characteristic that gies it a nice and refreshing taste, but I'm just not feeling it. Aftertaste has a dryness to it.

Mouthfeel. Decent, light and crisp. Carbonation is good.

Overall a good example of the style... i'm just not a huge fan of the style.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Anchor Summer poured in the glass a lightly hazed dark apple juice color. The head was a bit off-white in color and began with the consistency of beaten egg whites. The lace was fairly impressive.
The smell was grainy, a bit of grassiness or cut hay, and a light fruity citrus. The taste was wheat malt graininess, a pronounced earthiness, and a light lemony citrus. Not much hopping here, but there is a slight dryness to the finish.
The fairly active carbonation and a lighter body come together to give it a crisp mouthfeel.
I found this one to have a reasonably good drinkability. Cliché though it is, light, crisp and refreshing are all good words to describe this one.
There are superior American Pale Wheat Ales out there. This would not be among my top ten for the style, but still worth a try.

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

Certainly not the best American wheat beer I have ever had. To be honest I would have expected a little more from this usually quite fine brewing company (Anchor Steam). This beer pours a clear light to medium golden color. It says on the bottles label that I would notice the head on this beer being "unusually abundant". Well, that was not the case with my beer because the head was only a quarter inch thick to begin with before shrinking to a very thin ring lining the inside of my glass. Aromas of citrus with some hints of hop and maybe malt present. That's really it for the smell. Tastewise there is a lemon citrus flavor with a bit of malt thrown in and maybe, just maybe a slight touch of hops. This really does not taste like any wheat beer I have ever had before. I am pretty sure that wheat beers are not supposed to taste like this. The taste is somewhat bland, like there was something missing. If it didn't say on the bottle's label that this was a wheat beer I would not have guessed that it was supposed to be one. Has an initially smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but then it starts to feel thin rather quickly. Moderate to heavy carbonation. It is easy to drink. I was sort of disappointed by this brew. Worth a try, but nothing special, especially for a wheat beer.


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

Light gold and crystal clear topped by a big, fluffy, bright white head off an average pour. As the foam subsides, clumpy lace stuck to the glass. Fair retention. Crackery wheat aroma with light lemony citrus and floral hops. Mild flavour, pretty much the same as the aroma. Initially creamy texture, but the body and flavour fall away towards the end leaving it feeling thin. Light lingering lemon flavour. It's refreshing yet not very impressive, especially considering the thinness - otherwise this would be a much better summer beer.

Photo of psinderson
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color, white head with some lacing. Very clear.

Smell: Not much hops present, only a citrusy tartness.

Taste: The primary taste here is citrus. Tastes a bit like a hefe weizen. Unfortunately, there isn't much more. It's mostly like lemon water. Even with all of this, I still found it refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body, very carbonated.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Although I would classify this as a refreshing beer, it's probably only because I was drinking it outside in the sun on a warm day. This reminded me a bit of lemon water, which is great in the right setting, I was just expecting more.

Photo of donchata
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was smooth, the color light copper and capped with a white airy head. The smell was rich with wheat and a hint of fruit. Taste was vibrant, tangy with some apricot undertones. This beer is refreshingly smooth with a nice quite pale wheat finish. A nice drinkable summer selection. Worth a try.

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

12 oz. stubby bowling pin bottle with some code on the back. The beer has a bright gold body with medium carbonation and a finger of off-white head and smells mainly of tangy wheat. It is light on the palate with a combination of wheat, pepper/coriander, and just enough leafy/green hops to balance. It is light on flavor and goes down almost like water, though the flavor gradually increases as it warms. Not anything great, but it's an easy drinker that I'm sure paved the way for many present pale wheat ales.

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale golden color with abundant white puffy head. Very nice lacing. Smell is lemon-citrus and very tantalizing. Taste id a bit dissapointing , in that while very refreshing, there is nothing that really stands out about. Excellent drinkability, but a bit boring.

Photo of Fuller
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden straw color with a small to medium off-white head that receded down to a skim that stayed to the end. Patches of lacing were left all around the glass. Bready malt aroma is the first noticed followed by a hint of citrus and spice. Pretty straightforward on taste - wheat grain, some lemon, spice, and bitter hops. Light bodied (which is probably what they were after since this is a summer beer) with a dry finish. Drinkability is high due to the light body and subdued flavor.

There's nothing about this beer that's going to knock your socks off, but I think it will make a good summer time session beer.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours to a nice golden/pale with light head that does not last long. Scent is not strong, but is refreshingly malty and sweet. Light honey/sweet taste and little grainy, with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and bit dry even with the bitter aftertaste. A great balance of hops and malt for a wheat beer. Perfect for the summer and great drinkability. As my first Anchor beer it definitely makes me want to try another!

Photo of goodbyesoberday
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Prefacing this with the expectation that the bottle I had was clearly too old, not surprising since it has travelled halfway around the world.

Golden colour but head is lacking
No appreciable hop aroma. Strong grainy aroma that is a little wet and musty, emphasised more strongly in the flavour. Nice wheat flavour lurking under the must. Slight cidery flavour and no noticible hop flavour.
Beer is dry with medium carbonation, some lingering bitterness.

Disappointed, ultimately probably because of the age/condition of the bottle.

Photo of ellisdee97
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden cloudy yellow. Nice carbonation with a light white head. Decent head retention which leaves a nice ring and sticky lacing.

S: Biscuity wheat malt and floral hops. Honey with a citrus afterthought.

T: Orange and light honey. Biscuity malt, dry and crisp hops with a bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is nice in the back of the mouth, while staying dry upfront. Hops and malt clean mouth out nicely.

D: I will definately get this again, very refreshing and light, with enough of a hop kick for a hophead.

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 2" barely off-white head (1/4" over the rim of the glass). Straw gold with lots of visible carbonation. Head retains well at about 1/4" and leaves very minimal lacing.

S - Smells of wheat and pepper. Very APWA.

T - Wheat. Biscuity. Very lightly hopped. Honey in the finish and a little late tanginess.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very clean, quick finish.

D - Good drinkability on a hot Texas summer day.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dull, clear golden color with a decent almost snow white head. Anchor does do good on their carbonation.

S: Fruity; pears, pineapple and starfruit. Some spicy cloves, yeast and some honey to round things out.

T: Begins somewhat dry with limestone notes, earthy hops and slightly sour wheat. Lemony citrus lingers towards the end. Finishes grainy with a pronounced wheat flavor.

M: Thin with a bit of fuzzy carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. Nothing substantial stands out in this beer, just fairly straight forward.

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - On tap. It had a light golden color with a good-sized white, foamy head. It left some lacing.

S - It smells of wheat and grass.

T - There is a light malt taste complimented by the wheat and yeast components.

M - It is light-bodied and dry.

D - I really enjoyed it. I have yet to try it from a bottle, but I thought is was quite good on tap.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Come Back In here in Madison.

Pour: light straw yellow, crystal clear visibility with a finger of sparse white bubbles.

Nose: VERY light, struggle to find notes of cracked pepper and pilsener-esque lemon-grass hops.

Taste: lemon-grass, cracked pepper, cardboard malt with a dry, fresh wheat sourness as an afterthought.

Feel: watery thin with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Kind of boring, more of a pilsener than an APWA. At the same time, totally drinkable and inoffensive. Still, expected a little more character from Anchor.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left about a one finger white head that quickly dissappeared, and left only a foam ring at the edges, and no lacing. Body was a pure clear gold.

Smell - bananas, cloves, diacetyl, apples, hint of toast.

Taste - same as the smell. Subtle taste of bananas and cloves, washed with diacetyl and apples. Finish is of apple juice.

Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, somewhat fluid, some hop oil slickness, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this decent, not great. It goes down well, and is very sessionable.

Photo of expatsteve
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow; 1/2 inch head that dissipates almost immediately. Thick lacing and light suds cover. High visibility, and light viscosity. Looks like a perfect summer beer.

Aroma: A little pepper and a little bread, but not a lot there. Fairly light.

Taste: Light, fresh. Grainy cornbread finish. Nice pilsner flavor without pilsner sweetness. Slightly metallic finish. Good summer beer. I don't get much wheat in here, though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing and easy on the way down. Medium carbonation with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Not as complex as Anchor's other beers, and certainly not as impressive. But nonetheless an immensely drinkable and pleasant summer beer. I will definitely be drinking a lot more of this, given the near-100 degree week we're having.

Photo of whynot44
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice light coppery gold color with a decent two finger head that sticks around fairly well and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is grassy hops, mild wheat, and a hint of citrus.

The taste is somewhat bready with just a suggestion of citrus. A bit of carbonic undertone (soda water) with a slightly sour finish. still, it's reasonably refreshing and easy enough to drink.

Worth a try for a summer cooler and went down well with spicy wings.

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

Reviewing for the style as much as possible here:

Picked up a 6 of this to bring to a 4th of July celebration, I thought maybe this would be light enough to maybe get some my Bud Light-drinking family to begin to see the light of better beer.

Pours a clear yellow into my pint glass, with a decent 1-finger head that dissipates rather quickly but does leave some moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is very much of wheat, a touch of hops, and maybe the teeniest of citrus undertones. Taste is much the same, smooth, light, white-bread wheat flavor on a moderate hop base with some very slight lemon-citrus underpinnings. At first, there was a tinge of a metallic flavor, also, which I did not like. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with ample carbonation. Goes down remarkably smooth.

Excellent beer for a hot summer evening. Would make a decent session ale. Also, this is one to let your macro-drinking friends try, because they're sure to enjoy it. It's not like you can expect them to make the shift directly to an imperial stout, although I have tried ... really just to see the look on their face when they realize that there is beer out there that tastes quite different from Miller Lite. :)

Photo of bennetj17
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow/straw color, clear, not too exciting, but it has a nice full head that sticks around leaving a good lace. The aroma is a bit weak, just a pleasant bready smell, a bit macro-ish perhaps. The taste is bready and not really that fruity, maybe just a hint of lemon. Hops are present but not strong. The finish leaves a slight sourness. The mouthfeel isn't bad, light but not watery. The carbonation is almost too strong though. A nice drinkable brew for hot weather, but not much here to keep you interested...

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this ale pours a amber gold color, with a nice fluffy 1 1/2 finger thick white head, with TONS of carbonation

S - I can smell the beer from my seat before i get near it, a nicey hoppy aroma that beat the lemony aroma to my nose, a closer whiff reveals a sugary sweet smell as well

T - thinner body than i expected, but tasty, hoppy with a slight lemon kick, not quite as intense as in the aroma

M - thinner as i noted, but smooth and easy down

D - which leads to a high drinkability, very easy even for a macro drinker

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently this bottle was capped 4 May 06...

Pours golden with a 1" white head. Slight lacing & head retention

Smell: Somewhat grassy scent & slight lemon hints

Taste: Lemony & slight tartness up front. Some grainyess sneaks in a subtle way. Finishes fruiity, slightly dry & quenching with some white wine like characteristics

MF: Light to medium body with okay carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, nothing special, but the forebear of many very good beers of this style & deserves a try just a baseline , if nothing else

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.