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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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595 Reviews

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Reviews: 595
Hads: 1,286
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 104 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour revealed a nice, crystal-clear, amber body with a sticky, clinging white head. Nice fruity, clove and banana aromas. Taste comes across slightly sweet and fruity. Crisp, clean, dry finish.

This beer came packaged in an Anchor Brewing Company sampler case (including their Steam, Porter, and Liberty Ale) and is labeled as their wheat beer with James Stitt's original label art on the bottle. The beer itself is very refreshing and flavorful and is a nice surprise to me. There is definitely a nice mix of wheat and barley malts which provide a smooth, slightly sweet character to the beer. The yeast does a nice job of complementing the malts by providing a great fruity aroma and flavor enhancement. I'll have to keep this one in mind for the upcoming hot summer days...

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although American pale wheat ales do not represent my favorite beer style, I am a fan of Anchor and this one was hard to pass up on when I spied it on a pick six craft beer wall. Pours up nicely, a mountain of off-white thick foam on top of a golden yellow base, beer does look a bit like darkish honey (or less pleasantly, concentrated urine. But hey). Very clean spicy wheat and "old world" earthy/leafy hop aroma, brisk and assertive. Carbonation was right where it should be for the style, moderate to quite fizzy, and I was struck by the smoothness on the palate, almost creamy. Palate features very pleasant lemon-lime, apricot, and green apple characters than are subtle enough but add complexity. Nice smooth bitterness with white pepper-type spice notes in the finish. This beer includes the underutilized Glacier hop and perhaps this is the source of the fruity character along with the wheat malt. Minimal pine flavor, the hops are more grassy, earthy and refined. Dry and crisp overall with some sour fruit character and the unvarnished clean flavors remind me a bit of a good pilsener. I am perplexed by the mediocre ratings this beer garners on this website. Perhaps people were looking for more aggressive flavors. It is not supposed to taste like a hefeweizen or a wheat IPA. I think this brew is right where it needs to be in terms of the wheat and hops balance. Refreshing and well-executed.

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Photo of Boto
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a crystal clear, lighter golden color. There was a very small white head on it and minimal lacing. The aroma is OK. Earthy hops, some malts, some citrus. The taste is OK also. Some spice, wheat, citrus, earthy hops. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Davidvols
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Purchased in a bottle from a supermarket in Knoxville, Tennesse. Poured into a pint glass of course. Very light beer. No heavy smell and no aftertaste. Nice golden color, with very little carbonation. Very good blonde. Not a strong beer, so a good choice with heavy meals, i.e. Pizza, pasta, etc. - will try again.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly hazy light amber color with a decent white head and a little lacing

S-wheat, light citrus, slight herbal

T-wheat, bready malt, lemon, hint of pepper, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-pretty one dimensional wheat beer

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Photo of DeFaz
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives in a unique bottle. The beer pours a light, somewhat hazy golden color with a medium head that provides above average lacing.

Smell: While not bold, this smell really is welcoming, as the wheat provides a nice grassy scent that compliments the bit of hops that are thrown in as well, and there's a bread/grain scent too that also fits in nicely.

Taste: Wheat, malt, and hops. There's that grass and bread flavors, and the hops provide some dryness. Some people won't like it, claiming that it's too dry and hoppy for a summer ale, while others will complain that there's too much wheat and not enough hops for an American pale ale. Me, well, I like this.

Mouthfeel: This finishes really clean. The mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is just barely active enough, and some breadiness and dryness lingers in the mouth. Aside from the thinner body, this isn't what you'd expect for a summer beer, but it works

Overall: Again, a lot of people aren't going to like this because it lacks the flavors that most expect from the typical summer ale. I like the hops in this one, and I think there's just enough of them to balance the wheat and that the flavors of grass and bread are great.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


Pours a clear golden with a white lacing for a head.

Fresh sweet citrus aroma and wheaty grassy malts.

Citrus malt flavor with a hop bite.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Slightly above average wheat ale, not bad but there are plenty of better offerings out there.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer I have had from this brewery. I was always a little hesitant to try the Full Steam, but when I saw the Summer, I decided to give it a shot.

A: This beer pours a light golden color and has a relatively thick, soapy, bright white head. Doesn't have any bubbles on top, looks like a big layer of foam.

S: I get some sweet floral notes in the aroma, followed by some heavy wheat and some pepper spice. A tad underwhelming, but overall has a nice smell.

T: On the surface I get a lemon sweetness, accompanied by some floral characteristics and that peppery spice at the end. The flavor mimics the aroma and has a nice balance with the wheat.

M: Very sweet, but not too sweet and is balanced out by a slight tartness. Lots of carbonation. A very drinkable and refreshing beer.

O: I had a feeling this beer was going to exceed my expectations and it did. Has the balance between the wheat and the adjuncts, the sweetness and tartness. Great brew that embodies summer.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - The beer is a deep golden color, with what seemed to be a hint of green? Fairly clear with perhaps just a shade of haze. Small head with little visible carbonation, although the beer did maintain fantastic lacing throughout.

S - Not a huge bouquet here, but enough to know what you're about to get. Bready malt, a bit of a grassy smell.

T - Pretty nice. Follows the nose. Tasty, but it doesn't take any risks. Very comfortable beer.

M - This was the highlight for me. Medium bodied, but it felt like more than that. The lack of visible carbonation belies a soft and subtle texture to this beer that I truly enjoyed.

O - Nice flavors, great mouthfeel. Nothing exceptional here to be sure, but an easy-drinker that I enjoyed very much on a gorgeous summer day.

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Photo of Converge
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clean golden-yellow with big bubbles of carbonation flowing up the glass. Frothy white head on the smaller side.

S - Sweet and grassy, with some notes of flaked wheat and a mild citric twang. Light and mild all around, and honestly a tad underwhelming. Was hoping for a touch of hops here, but they're really subdued.

T - Follows the nose for the most part. Sweet grains, mild grassy hops, wheat, citrus and a touch of caramel malt. There's a but more hop bite here compared to the nose, but not much. Just a light, mild summer ale. I don't know what I expected but I'm just not overly impressed here.

M - The thing I love most about most Anchor beers is their distinct mouthfeel, with just the right carbonation and a super smooth finish. This brew seems to be lacking that though. The carbonation feels overdone. The body is fittingly light, but not watery. A bit of a miss here.

D - Definitely the least enjoyable Anchor brew I've tried so far. The first 3 were all outstanding, but this one just doesn't quite do it for me. Run-of-the-mill summer patio sipper with a craft twist on it. But at the end of the day, average.

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Photo of pacino77
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

picked up a single anchor summer outta the cold box because the sixer i was buying was warm and i needed something to break the spell of baltimore's summer sun. i'm pleased i don't have five more of these to imbibe because one is quite enough. the shape of the bottle and the design of the label are superior to the beverage contained within, i'm afraid.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Poured a light golden color, pretty clear, small white head that didn't stay long. Smells of lemon, grain, light citrus. Taste of grassy hops, some citrus, wheat, light malty background. Mouthfeel was lighter side, but still well balanced. Overall, it really was just okay, but is an easy drinker and can see how this can be enjoyed during the hot summer weather.

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Photo of jkrich
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a code dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear golden hue with a sustained, fluffy white head.
The aroma has restrained but pleasant fruity notes, largely lemon.
The flavor profile is quite assertive for such a light wheat ale: pungent and tangy lemon-rind flavor dominate. There is a bit of husky wheat flavor in the finish. A mellow malt lingers on the palate.
The ale is fairly light in body with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is rather restrained though the ale manages to remain refreshing.
I am surprised by "Okay" ranking for this one. For a light, low-alcohol wheat ale, this is quite a flavorful and unique flavor profile. It is true a lot of breweries have made some excellent wheat beers since this one was first brewed in 1984, this one is still quite competitive in this category. Ideal for summer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with steady meringue head.
Grain sack, a bit of noble spice, some wax and lemon peel on the nose.
Snap wheat cracker, a bit of sourness, and vague grassy hops to finish.
Peach iced tea finish and coriander seed linger.
Thin, soft, crisp.

Refreshing, but in a characterless macro lager kinda way. Doesn't go for weizen character but doesn't load up on US hops either. And not as creamy as I'd expect for a wheat beer. This style can be done so much better.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle bb3/2015. Poured with immense head, which subsided to thin omnipresent head. Citric hops and a 'soft' taste. This beer did not taste 'prickly' in the mouth, unusual in my recent tastings. Well-crafted beer. Bought from Connollys B91 England.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing beer on a summer day leading up to our bbq. Pour well into a weizen glass and developed a lot of head with a good yellow-orange color coming through. Smelled crisp with hints of citrus, tasted clean with a smooth finish. Will definitely be having another.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden. Clear with lots of small carbonation rising. 2-finger fluffy white head. Good retention. A very pretty beer to look at....

Aroma is light citrus, hops, yeast. Nothing jumps out, nothing offends.

Taste is light floral hops, wheat, light malts. Sweet and grassy. Come citrus comes through [lemony].

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing. Very crisp.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Sessionable. Refreshing.

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Photo of Murphious
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light yellowish/orange with a finger of creamy white head with some lacing.
Tastes like a good Belgian wheat that's been watered down a little. Nice lemony/citrus bite, would be very refreshing after mowing the lawn. Slightly above average, not to be turned down.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Judging by the sweat after my run tonight, it's definitely Summer now. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon peel, light wheat, light sweet flowers, and a hint of what may or may not be coriander. The taste brings in more of the same, but ups the lemon to a point where it's the clear star, making for a fruity breeze of a drink. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice little hot-weather quaff, nothing special, but something easily drinkable.

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Photo of patpbr
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint with a golden color and a lot of carbination bubbling up.
S - Grainy, wheat. malts
T - Malty taste, wheat and a little yeasty.
M - light but with a bit of carbination. goes down easy and refreshing
O - Many other summer beers beat this one. Flavor was not right for me.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into mason jar. i can't be bothered to decipher the archaic code on the back. i know anchor prides itself on being 'old-school', but it's 2013 for shit's sake.

very clear yellow-amber look, small white fluffy head. smell is dry grain/wheat, with some lemon-pepper. taste is light, fluffy, airy wheat, with a lemony kick of hops. feel is light, finish of lingering bitterness.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with great bubbles and good lacing.

Smell: Lemon...a lot like Pinesol. Somehow that medicinal smell works pretty well here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and pine. Medium dry with a seltzer dryness. Taste is ok, but I really like the mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: Not a great beer. None of the fruity/yeasty wheat qualities I like. I would drink this again, but would not go out of my way.

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Photo of admccabe
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average tasting beer to me, nothing about it really stood out. It is pretty drinkable, had to try it when it came to bottle shop. Tasted almost amberish to me. The bottle describes it as being very crisp, but I didn't get that experience. Maybe had it been on tap...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of foamy head on a clear, golden colored body. Lots of bubbles, looks great.
The aroma is nice: honey and clover.
The taste has a moderate, dry bitterness that almost goes towards metallic. It's tempered by the wheat softness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's on the more bitter side for a summer beer, tends towards a German pils bitter taste.

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Photo of Spikester
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep golden color with a finger or more of white dense head. Good amount of lacing for the top two inches of the glass.
Smell is very light malts with a touch of floral hops.
Taste is bitter lemons with a good earthy leather hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a bit light but expected in a beer of this type. Carbonation is just right and the beer finishes quite dry.
Overall a good summer beer with a distinct Anchor Brewing flavor profile. I never did taste or smell the wheat aspect which is fine by me. Not a big fan of wheat beers in general.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.