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Anchor Summer Beer - Anchor Brewing Company

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599 Reviews

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Reviews: 599
Hads: 1,292
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 599 | Hads: 1,292
Photo of OatmattStout
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent beer. It is pale yellow and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Very refreshing with tastes of grainy mailt and dry and hoppy finish. It has a nice wheat smothness to it. Not much to dig into here but a good summer beer non the less. Could drink this one all day at a barbacue.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer from Anchor in the style of an American Summer wheat. Poured a straw yellow with a white head which had some very nice lace around the side of the glass. The smell reminded somewhat of dogfood. It was a little too biscuity for me and not balanced enough. The taste was firm and crisp with a refreshing aftertaste. Easily a good summer beer to drink not sip.

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

Appearance: Medium golden color with just a touch of haze, inch-thick snow-white cloud top head retains superbly. Abundant carbonation rises slowly, like a fine mist. Lots of irregular broken lace.

Aroma: Rich, malty aroma with mild citrus hops.

Taste: Begins with a solid malt presence and a tart lemon hop note, midway through the taste a note of metallic bitterness appears that rises to the dry finish and beyond.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, perhaps a little thinner in body than it should be.

Drinkability/notes: Not as complex as I had expected. Although good by any measure, this beer seems mediocre compared to the other Anchor products. Still, it is quite refreshing.

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Photo of Winter
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale hazy golden color with an airy white head. Aroma consists of wheat malt with a lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but leans toward the thin end. Very clean and refreshing. Taste follows suit with the aroma, but ends with an intriguing buttery salted finish.

Very nice light-flavored wheat beer. An easy drinking and refreshing summer offering. Typically, I'm not a fan of weiss beers, but the "lightness" of flavor in this one, minus the weiss yeast that provides the annoying banana and clove characteristics which are usually found in most yeasty weiss beers made this one enjoyable for me.

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Photo of AudioGilz
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A large whipped egg white head sits atop this pale yellow brew. It is just oh so slightly cloudy and the head stays for a while and comes back with a shakin. A weak aroma of wheat is there, and that's about it for nosing it. Watery mouthfeel dissappoints right away. I mean it should be a little bit watery hence the style, but this was just too thin for my preferences. It's oh so too bland, a smidgeon of wheat flavor in the finish is about all there is to enjoy in the flavor department. I must say it's better than a pale lager from the big 3, so there's a plus. There's a certain refreshing quality to it. I might prefer a beer such as this when it's 95 degrees outside. But it won't be for anything more than a refreshing fluid that happens to be a beer.

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Photo of tar
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with a thick, foamy, white head composed of large bubbles. The head diminishes slowly with a "puffy" cloudlike appearance. Not a bad looking beer. The aroma is very mild. Like the aroma, the flavor and feel are also light and mild. Goes down smooth, a very drinkable beer on a summer day.

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

Poured nicely with a clear golden color with huge rocky head,very faint lemony smell but not much in the nose.Kinda citruisy on the palate with some faint smokiness in there,really easy to drink perfect for summer.I probably would by this again on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour a translucent golden color, the head prodigious in size, frothy, bright white and as it desiccates, the lace left behind forms a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Malt dominates the nose, sweet, citrus crisp and clean with the start somewhat sweet and top is skeletal. Finish has a spicy yet mild hop presence, acidity moderate and the aftertaste dry, a good session beer any time of the year.

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Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was not a bad beer. A nice pilsner like color, not the cloudy style of the last couple wheat beers ive had. It is definately smooth going down. I was thinking this would be a great beer to have at the side of a camp fire on a nice hot night. Worth trying

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Photo of Crotor
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first beer to hit me in a while.

It poured with an abundant head which left lacing as the glass was emptied- all to my liking. The light gold color was surprisingly clear considering the wheat content. The wheat was definately present in the aroma, though this was the pure smell of toasted wheat, without any fruit esters. I presume this is a result of the use of an ale yeast. The taste was clean and reserved, though intricate, characterized most strongly by the toastiness of the wheat. Only the slightest hint of hops was necessary to round out the flavor. The total package was light and refeshing without being in the least boring. Exceptionally drinkable, I look forward to imbibing this brew on a hot, midsummer weekend.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant but light aroma with a flowery mix of pale and wheat malts that was also sweet at times. Big full white head like "whipped egg whites" (as advertised). Light overall flavor, but refreshing. Impressively low amount of wheat flavor considering it's over "65%" wheat malt. Fairly soft mouthfeel and well balanced carbonation. Nice thirst quenching qualities for an ale. This could do very nicely in the summer. Just a little low for wheat flavor, but a good summer ale. It did get a little too bitter as it warmed.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear gold, slightly cloudy, small but very thick head. Good lace throughout. Initial smell of yeast, perhaps of baked bread. Noticed up front is the taste of malted yeast, just like the label states, with a follow of sour/citrus taste, and a tiny feel of hops left on the palate. Has a bitter, dry feel towards the middle, pretty tasty and this sampled in the middle of winter!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge sparkly head, fresh, floral, lively aroma. Strangely unclouded, as I'd expect from a wheat beer. Can Anchor, of all the brewers in the world, be so calculating as to design a "summer wheat" towards the lower end of the common denominators? Would any beer drinker who would be confused by a yeasty brew actually reach for an Anchor, or be aware of the brand?
There's the merest whisper of a hint of cloves, bananas. Some citrus, but not much. I'm getting the feeling that Anchor is trying to make as light a beer as possible, in texture, body, and taste, without completely corrupting their standards, or without doing a lager or a pils.
Ultimately, a dissappointment.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark golden color with a medium thick slightly off-white head. Strong floral aroma with a faint spice presence. Wheaty, citrusy flavor up front that tapered somewhat by the end. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Not as bland as a lot of summer ales but still kind of lackluster.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ultra-clear very different pale yellow/brown if that makes sense. Has a very large pillowy head that has a tight-bubbled density with staying power. The smell is grassy and slightly wheaty and mild hops. It a crisp and clean initial taste that consists of very light wheat and a bread-like taste and hop bite that starts in the middle and carries to the end. Very complex for a beer this clear IMO, yet it is very well balanced. It has a unique mouthfeel that is malty during, but finishes very thin and slightly dry....kinda odd. But overall a pretty good brew. It wasn't hot when I tried this, so maybe that's what was missing. Enjoyed it nonetheless. Cheers!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Musty earthy wheat nose. Clear gold color with lots of little bubbles. Creamy white head. Smooth soft musty malt taste. It lacks any real complexity. It is not bad.. just dissapointing. No real hop or yeast character.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label says that, and I quote, "the head on this beer is unusually abundant, with a consistency similar to egg whites". They're not kidding, a Massive head on pour, making it difficult for me to get the 12 fl.oz bottle into a Pint Glass on my first attempt. The head eventually settled to a steady 1/4" but only after leaving the glass with a beautiful lace. An unusual "summer beer / wheat beer". Very golden in color, the nose was very feint on my bottle - as was the taste. Clean and light tasting, just too light. Not much mouthfeel and a weak, barely detectable, short-lived bitterness. A good thirst quencher, and a different type of Summer Beer, or an alternative Wheat Beer - however you view this beer, its not mainstream that's for sure. It's not that it's bad, it is a reasonable beer - but it has an identity crisis. To me Summer Beers are hoppier, and Wheat Beers are far more sturdy with citric tones. This is neither, yet purports to be both. I just expected more "taste" from this beer, it's a bit "wimpy" for a Summer Beer. For me, a dissappointment coming from Anchor.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body with steady carbonation, topped by a big frothy white bubbly head. Great lacing. Wheat malt in the nose, but not much else, maybe a hint of spiciness. A tad of lemon in the taste, everything is extremely muted. Not an interesting beer, and in the future I would stay with the Steam or Liberty Ale, which are both fine beers for the summertime.

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Photo of ZAP
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden with a huge white frothy head....nose is of malted wheat...taste is more reminescent of a pilsener to me...very dry finish....tart, lemon like bite...really nothing outstanding sticks out....maybe just not my style of wheat, but really the best things I can say about it is it's clean and crisp...

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Photo of jackndan
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Anchor Summer: light bodies, hazy golden color. Wheat/light citrus aroma. Very thin bodied, with minor citrus notes, almost absent is weiss/banana taste that makes a good summer beer. Not worth the bother.

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Photo of Wildman
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light golden color and formed a nice light foamy very white head that faded quickly but left some nice lace. A medium amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of lemon and lightly of hops. The flavor was of hops and citrus. The finish was light and a bit tangy. Not as good as Anchor's other offerings, but alright summer session brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear golden brew throws out a hefty meringue-like head. Carbonation is very evident by the rapidly rising gaseous bubbles. There's a nice malted wheat aroma mixed in with some subtle notes of spicy hops. The taste of this is pretty big on the wheat characteristics. It also contains nice spicy hop accents. A lemon tang. Very refreshing and easy drinking. A nice change from all of the hefe-weizens out there these days.

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Photo of ebraun
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Everything about this beer seemed muted, except for the carbonation. There were hints of wheat, some mild sweetness and not much in the suspended yeast department. If this were a beer by most brewers I would think it was pretty solid for what it is, but I was pretty dissappointed with this coming from Anchor... especially at $7.50 a six pack. If the plan is to dumb down a beer, they should dumb-down the price too. I do have to say, as far as bottles go, it was a good-looking bottle.

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Photo of StevieW
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big 22 oz bottle...Pours clear straw color, lots of bubbles, fizzy white head. Big grainy smell, very acidic, not much florals, very faint yeast smell. Taste was faintly yeast, mostly grainy, and oddly acidic. The lemon wedge helps this wheat beer into some flavor. Very thin finish. Nothing more than average, which is a dissapointment from Anchor.

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Anchor Summer Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.