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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 21
Gots: 86 | 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 rlee1390
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, two finger light fluffy head with a tad bit of lacing.

S-Malt, straw, some grass and a tad lemon.

T-Sweet, rather malty, straw, tad bit of grass. As it warms it starts to go down hill fast.

M-Medium bodied, good deal of carbonation.

O-While cold, the beer is decent, however as it begins to warm even slightly, it goes down hill.

Photo of RJ32S
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch just off center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light aromas of bready malts, wheat, yeast, citrus/lemon, and just a hint of skunk.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell but a little bit more intense/strong. The wheat flavor is more intense than the bready malts. There is a light amount of earthy hop giving a light amount of bitterness. Notes of lemon/citrus are also present.

M: On the heavier side of light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink. This beer is very sessionable and would be enjoyable on a hot summer evening.

Photo of TimPell
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of HopBrain
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hanlonrn
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of TheBronze
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Photo of Ryan1423
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of EGolfer4
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of j89de
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.

Photo of Rickyd
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tlamb9
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of terence
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Eureka
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
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
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of KSather
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.