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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,198 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 75 | 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 jmz62565
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmz62565, May 01, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jaluria, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sopor, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

connecticutpoet, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Foxman
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Foxman, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

radshoesbro, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

TastyTaste, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Frozensoul327, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Zorro, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kbub6f, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

NEhophead, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

arizcards, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of KoG
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KoG, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Naes, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

LPorter33, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold with a good 2 finger head, good longevity and very good lace. Aromas of a faint yeast what malt, a bit lemony and some decent hop floralness. A good wheat malt flavor mixed with some mild citrus flavors some banana flavors are also present. A bit watery though. Spritzy and high carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking. A decent American wheat but there are better versions out there.

sabrills70, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

An Anchor "burp beer" ? This is it, but because it's brewed with care, without adjuncts, it makes this a solid beer, but nothing would make me want to buy this over some of the awsome Anchor beers I've reviewed.

It smells of wheat and a little hops/malt , but without any other scents to make this stick out. It appears not too lively, with small carbo bubbles, but it gets better than average for the dark golden color, obviously a better brewed beer.

Mouth was very simple. Very full.

Taste? Well, it tastes like a wheat beer, but there was no fruity flavors, and laid back to a flat, almost American macro like, except of course this was bitter, yet had no flavor to back it up . Finished with an alcoholic texture, but I kept hoping there would be more here. There wasn't.

Drinkability: Look elsewhere. Especially for the price. There are better wheats to be had. Kind of a bummer to drink this knowing it's an Anchor, but I'll make it up and have a Liberty Ale....

Ricochet, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a small head of white foam that fades quickly to a wisp on top. Considering this is a Summer wheat beer, it leaves a pretty frothy lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is mild and malty with some citrussy aspects. Taste is a real smooth light crisp beer. It has some sourness but it finishes clean and dry.There is nothing to mention on mouthfeel other than the smoothness and crispness. Quite a drinkable Summer beer. I like the fact that the fruity essences are handled very gently. Nothing is too overpowering here.

rousee, Jul 16, 2005
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
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.

Backer2004, Jul 03, 2005
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.

waughbrew, Jul 03, 2005
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.

blackie, Jun 30, 2005
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.

JackTheRipper, Jun 24, 2005
Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.