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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 19
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, date code 7MU, served in a pint glass.

A - clear gold color with a nice fluffy white head that settled down to a thin layer, leaving blotches of lace.

S - malt, malted wheat aroma.

T - good malted wheat flavor, nice and light.

M - light and dry, mild carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel.

D - clean, crisp, refreshing summer beer, good drinkability.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles of this after my wife said she enjoyed having a glassful at SFO earlier in the week. 12 oz., poured to Abita pint glass. Date code reads: 7AJ - which means bottled on 10 April, 2007. Tried on 25 May, 2007.

A: Wow that's a big head! 4-fingers of fluffy, rocky whiteness - fades a bit too soon but leaves some patchy lace behind. Color overall is a pale wheat yellow, just slightly hazy, and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

S: Full wheat aroma, lightly lemony with a faint yeasty smell, too.

T: Very malty wheat bread, hay. Hops are subtle imparting just a little lemony flavor and a clean bitterness.

M: Starts very light, seems weak & watery. My first impulse was to give low marks, then I began to really appreciate the carbonation and light bitter & clean finish.

D: Just a simple, clean, refreshing and easy to drink sessionable wheat beer. Very solid choice, nicely crafted. I would liken this to drinking a Hoegaarden - nothing spectacular but a perfectly drinkable, every day beer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale copper clear / moderate carbonation and head decent lacing

Creamy tart sweet crisp

Light sweet malt / little bitter edge / tart fruity hop character / crisp apple flavor / finishes clean

Medium bodied moderate carbonation

Light summer drinker. Very light – not really wheaty – more like a lager.

Photo of geexploitation
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright golden color with an eggshell white, foamy head. Aromas of lemons and pungent, toasted bread pale malts. On the palate, sweet malts, then a flash of acidity before the two elements come crashing together in the finish, which is simultaneously malty and citric. Mouthfeel is light, but the malt element weighs things down a tad. Overall, this is a decent, drinkable wheat beer, something that is thirst quenching and easy to drink. It strikes me as a good microbrew gateway beer.

Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out like hazy, slightly under-ripe mango flesh. A fluffy white head settles to a thin, but impressive head. Leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of peach, apricot, mango, papaya, and melon with some cracked wheat grain. Flavor is nectarine with grain in the background. Some bread and honey. Ends dry with a mild astringency and kiss of blueberry. Light body with kind of weak carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but there are more interesting examples of the style.

Photo of cbreitro
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first tried the Anchor Summer Wheat in the San Francisco Airport on tap and remembered it well. I had not had it for a while so I bought a bottle the other day.
The beer is quite light in color, and the smell is a bit weak. The taste was good, but nothing spectacular. I tend to like wheats with a bit of bitterness, and Anchor's wheat had little bitterness. Certainly on the lighter side in terms of beer styles.
Very drinkable, in that you can slug several on a hot summer day.

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

Poured clear gold with a fluffy white egg-foam head. Nice clean smell of wheat. Smells like I imagined "wheat" beer would smell before I ever tasted my first wheat beer. Taste is dry, clean, and crisp, with a bitterness that puckers the mouth on the finish.

A summer beer certainly. Light, crisp, refreshing, and macro drinkers could handle it (though they'd probably grimace a little on the finish.)

Good stuff.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head that sticks to the glass very well and sticks around for quite a while. Smell is nice and wheaty and citrus. The taste is a balance of what with a nice sweet start that is citrusy and a nice hop bitterness to finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel and good drinkability. I may visit this again in the summertime.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw hue, generating an extra thick and creamy snow-white head. Outstanding retention with lasting rings of sticky lace. Malted wheat and pale malt nose, otherwise clean. The soft sweetness of the wheat is immediatly recognized upon first sip, with extra pale malt in it's shadow. Very clean, almost lager-like yeast character, possibly a hint of pepper or a slight tannic taste from wheat malt. Very faint ale fruitiness in the afteraste and blank hop bitterness balance the flavor well. Medium-light body with lots of texture from the wheat, and moderately carbonated for a just barely crisp mouthfeel. Fanatstic drinkability, but this is partly because of the lack of character. A good example of a boring style, IMO- but well put-together.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very cloudy and pale looking.Golden body with a 1 finger white head that stays there.Carbonation bubbles creeping up from the bottem of the glass.

S-Dare I say foul language on the board but this beer smells like shit.I cant smell anything but that.

T-Bitterness, wheat and malt.It does have a clean and refreshing aftertaste.The taste isnt that bad.

M-Medium to thick mouthful and very carbonated.

D-I like this,I would like to try a newer bottle I dont know how long this bottle was sitting in the "2 buck barrel" Its not bad at all,the worst part is the smell and I can deal with that.Ide like to try again.

Photo of stephendr
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
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
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
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
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
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
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

3.38/5  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.

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.