Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 590
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-14-2002)
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

A: Lots of head, golden straw colored. Looks good.

S: Wheat huskiness, a bit of skunk. earthy.

T: Lite citrus, mainly lemon and some spicy, grassy hops.

M: A real quaffer ... nothing complex here.

O: I dig the lemon-y flavors here. A good distraction, worthy of trying at least once.

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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden straw with a white finger width head. Average retention.

Smell - There's an aroma here? Very, very faint notes of wheat and hop. You really have to dig to find it.

Taste - Starts fairly bland with some faint wheat notes, then a nice citrus hoppiness jumps in mid-taste, but then everything kinda fades and it finishes slightly watery in flavor.... or maybe that's just my saliva?

Mouthfeel - Light. Solid carbonation lends to a crisp bite, while there's a definite amount of dryness near the finish.

Overall - A decent summer brew. Not a personal favorite, but nothing I'd turn down if offered.

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear grassy yellow with a huge white head that slowly dissipates, yet leaves no lacing.

S-Not much going on, basically a hint of hops and some malt. Nearly a generic "beer" smell. Disappointing.

T-Much like the nose, some citrusy hops balanced out by some malt. Slightly bitter but tasted very bland.


D-An easy drinker for sure because its not challenging.

Overall, I don't really like wheat beers in general, but do enjoy them occasionally in the Summer months. However, this was a major disappointment, but it might be due to the more hoppier versions I have become used to.

Photo of travolta
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Clear, clean gold. Head has excellent retention with a foamy latte quality. Lacing is all over the place.

Nose: Lemon, crisp, sugar cookies, very faint floral.

Taste: Dry at first, then the malt hits and settles the palate. Nice mouthfeel. A bit of lemon.

Notes: A nice job for a summer ale. The summer ale market is big, so this is not king, just a good contender.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served cold in a snifter immediately following a glass of Bluemoon's American Pale Wheat Ale (Spring Blonde).

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a semi-dense off-white head that partially coats the glass but eventually reduces to a thin partial top coat and a lasting ring.

The timid aroma features wheat, hops and some faint malt and citrus in the background. More flavor than aroma. In addition to the components detected by nose, there is a light citrus/lemon quality and a grassy note. A fine, lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste.

M: medium-light body; quite dry, especially in the finish; good, medium+ carbonation.

O: Not a favorite style. This is the weakest beer I've had from this beloved brewery. Still, it is good for style, well crafted, very drinkable, and rather refreshing.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.