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
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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 jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow clear and very bubbly which looks a lot like a macro brew except for the awesome head. It's off white and giant! I'm talking mounds of pillowy head that is constantly fed by streams of bubbles. It looks summery fresh and refreshing.

The nose is mild and easy going with a base malt scent paired with a light lemony pith. A simple smell that doesn't have gobs of character but is clean and pleasant.

The taste is very light in every way. The balanced flavors pingpong back and forth between muted fresh grains and the slight hints of lemon rinds. Very refreshing mild wheat comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with some firm carbonation and a light body. The co2 adds a nice soda like bitterness in the finish that is the icing on the cake. Maybe I am biased about this summer beer because it's 105 outside right now but this seems to be a perfect glass of suds. Great beer!

Photo of mithrascruor
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale straw color with some visible carbonation. Large, foamy off-white head has good retention and some lacing.

Smell: Mild wheat aroma with a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Starts out with a good deal of wheat with some lemon and underlying malts. By the end the bulk of the flavor is a big lemon-ish bitter (and slightly sour) flavor. It is really over-the-top and kills the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with quite a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV, but unfortunately the overwhelming finish and aftertaste takes a major toll on this beer's drinkability.

Looks nice and smells good, but this seemly promising beer suffers from the strong lemony bitterness in the flavor.

Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean gold with moderate cap of white soapy froth. Scent is uber pale with a faint kiss of malt sweetness, lemon and bready yeast. Taste brings just a bit more to the experience... still a very light beer with only touches of sweetness, bread and lemon. Lighter side of medium, slightly watery at first but creamy as carbonation escapes and the beer warms. Not quite sure what the goal was, but the beer was too mild and lacking any sort of style.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear bright slightly golden yellow color. Provides a thick white foam head that has exceelent retention. There is plenty of lacing. The carbonation is quite visible.

S: The nose is a little light. What does come through is malty, wheat and some very faint hints of lemon.

T: The taste is pretty similar from start to finish. Lots of malted wheat up front and throughout. There is a slight citrus undertone as well.

M: A lighted bodied beer that leaves a clean crip refreshing taste on the palate.

D: This is a decent summer beer. You can drink this all day. Not sure if I would necessarily reach for this one first, but would not turn it down!

Photo of LXIXME
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized white to off-white head rests above a clear golden colored beer.

Avery very light aroma, I can barely smell a light citrus coming from this drink unless you stop and search for it.

Carbonated sweet malt with hints of citrus almost lemon sour but not quite taste. A light almost dry aftertaste.

Considering how much I like Anchor Steam, I was quite let down with this beer. Just seemed like a washed out summer offering.

Photo of 1after909
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another suprisingly good summer ale for me. I usually don't care for summer ales as I think the breweries try to get too cute and the brews come off too light.

This one had a decent head and a light golden color. Didn't come across as too "wheaty" for me.

A good choice to have a packed cooler with a selection from a quality brewer.

Photo of adam42381
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow with a 2 finger sudsy snow white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of citrusy hops and grains. The aroma is very light.

Taste: Lightly bitter citrus up front followed by malt in the middle before a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is mild and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily. You could knock back a few without any trouble on a hot summer day.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I feel like Anchor was going for something light and refreshing for summer and this meets the criteria. I'd consider this to be a step above light beer, which in this case isn't a bad thing. I'd recommend giving this one a shot on a hot day.

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

Pours a clear pale yellow in a glass with a nice frothy white head. Aromas of wheat, lemon and maybe a hint of banana. Lemon and wheat on the palate with a crisp finish. Light body with a really nice tightly wound frothy carbonation. A solid beer from Anchor.

Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is a pale golden-amber color with a white head.

S: Smells of corn and vegetables with a bit of candy.  Light floral and herbal hops and a bit of grass.  There's just something very off qbout the smell of this beer...

T: Sweet bread and sugar, a really sweet, almost candy-like flavor. There are some light hop notes, mostly of the grassy and floral varieties. Really a strange/odd beer.

M: I would call the body and carbonation medium.

O: As good as some Anchor beers can be, they have some pretty bad ones.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass on the beach for 4th of July.

Look: clear golden body with a large, white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Looks good.

Smell: very light aroma with a little wheat and a little lemon.

Taste: follows the nose with a light flavor, some lemony hops, biscuity malt, and some wheat. Fairly simple to be expected from a summer beer.

Feel: medium to light, crisply carbonated, easy drinking, conceivably a good session beer.

Overall: solid summer offering from Anchor. Its simple and understated, which is good considering the purpose of this beer and its one of the better light wheat ales I've had. Cheers.

Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall weissbier glass. Huge fluffy merengue white head takes up nearly half the glass. It does not recede so much as float on the surface. Little puffs of foam spot the glass. Body color is a clear bright straw yellow.

Smell has a tart and grainy wheat aroma. It's like freshly malted wheat, which has some lemon grass character. Taste has a more mild lemon flavor up front then moves to biting graininess. There is a dry biscuit character to the malt. Hops add a green herbal quality.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. A very dry finish leaves me wanting more. This is at a session-able ABV of 4.6%, so more is a good thing.

Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with golden orange hues and a half finger white head that immediately fizzles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy, spicy around with subtle floral hops and sweet malt. Very subtle wheat characteristics coming through. Faint bready yeast with hints of caramel, biscuit and grassy hops. So far this beer is in almost complete contradiction to the description on the label.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with zesty spice, earthy, floral hops and sweet malt notes. Again, I'm not pickig up much wheat beer character. Light and watery with some grassy hops up front followed by some peppery spice and sweet malt notes. Hits of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Bland but pretty easy to drink. I like their porter and steam beer but this was a disappointment.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and a darker yellow, almost orange, than most wheat ales. Not a very big head, but very white. Doesn't stick around long. The smell is of wheat and corn starch, like an adjunct lager. Faint fruitiness as well, but not very exciting.

Tastes a lot like it smells, with that wheat and corn starch taste which becomes the beers character. Its reminiscent of an adjunct lager again, which is not what I was expecting from Anchor. What this beer has going for it is a light pine hop taste and a quick and clean lemon zest behind the other flavors that endure into the aftertaste and give it a summery edge for refreshment. The hops and lemon flavor kind of pull this one together and make it decent. Its not very complex, not that a summer beer should be necessarily, but I think I expected something a little different and a little more umph from the "all-malt" beer. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing and easy.

Overall, its an easy beer to drink, and its decent. Just nothing overly exciting about it.

Photo of climax
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor's summer starts off bubbly and gold. The head is large and fades lazily leaving frothy mounds.

The aroma had that definite Anchor Steam skunky character to it, no problem to me. Aside from that, it's not too strong. It boasts the typically assigned flavors of lemon peel, wheat, and a dash of yeast.

The flavor is subtle, but fantastic. It starts out simple and refreshing and then diacetyl flavor kicks in as well as lemon, wheat, and a fresh fruit and grassy finish.

The feel is nice and crisp, certainly refreshing for a Cali summer. Behind the bite is a silky feel that's so smooth going down. It's definitely a summer beer with some character, that sets it apart from it's sometimes boring competitors.

Photo of airforbes1
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. The head is copious at first, but quickly dissipates into a white ring atop the beer. The beer itself is yellow, with orange hues. Not much smell; a few grainy notes detected. The taste itself is grainy, crisp, and dry, with a subtle citrus presence. Easy and pleasant to drink. I think this beer certainly achieves Anchor's goal of making a light, drinkable summer brew, which is why I gave it a solid overall score, even if I'll probably be bored with it by the time I finish the six pack. I enjoy it, but I won't be rushing to have it again, especially at the $12/six pack price point where I live.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color, slightly hazy with no head retention. Light wheat and Pilsner malts dominate the nose. The hop character is grassy and lightly flowery. Crisp, pale malt taste with the same hop character carrying over from the nose. Floral and grassy backed by some of the Pilsner and wheat. Light and drinkable but nothing to fantastic in the flavor department.

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

12 oz. brown bottle--->Pint Glass

A: Pours a pale golden color. A large fluffy head is created and looks great. Less than excellent head retention but does have some real nice lacing.

S: Full of wheat and some lemon citrus.

T/M: Smooth with plenty of wheat and a great balance between malts and hops. Hint of lemon and hops create a nice taste that balances well with the wheat and barley backbone.

O: Not a world class beer nor an excellent beer, but it is above average. Well worth a try if your looking for a new summer brew.


Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good enough. Rather coarse carbonation. Light straw color in the glass. Very plain, extremely dry. There is a persistent hint of dishwater, soapy taste. Not a pleasant aftertaste. Very bitter. Thin and austere in mouth feel. This probably is affected by my having had a cheap average Wit earlier in the evening and this suffers terribly by comparison with that simple pleasure.

I don't know what is going on with Anchor but I'm surprised they don't make better beers, given their historic status in the better beer movement.

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle..unreadable date on back

A- pours a slight hazed golden/yellow color with a soft 2 finger head slow to recede..that reveals a fresh ring

S- was wheat and grass with some lemon and spice

T- was same a smell but more descript..i piched up some floral hops with a lemon and sweet wheat taste

M- medium carbonation and a sweet taste light lemon

O- a good summer brew but not one i would seek out...i would however drink/try it again

Photo of danronian
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a medium gold. Poured with a large head that lingered for a while. Bubbles rising from the bottom - a good amount of carbonation for my taste.

Smells like a lightly sweet wheat beer without much complexity.

Taste somewhat sweet, but not as sweet as many wheat beers. I don't get much else out of it taste-wise. That said, the taste is very palatable and light though tasty. I wouldn't mind a few more of them since the taste is something I would like to linger in my mouth.

The mouthfeel is slightly sweet with a good amount of carbonation that makes it go down quickly.

Overall it's a beer I would like to try more than one of. Great summer brew.

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

Drank 6/7/11

A: A pretty copper color with a nice, thick head that lingers well and leaves some solid lacing.

S: Meh. A hint of wheat and malt, but nothing too strong. It's pretty nondescript, but there is a bit of citrus in there somewhere.

T: The wheat gives it a bit of flavor that's balanced by the slight edge of malt. Overall, it's a very mild flavor but that's exactly what I'm looking for in a beer like this. I definitely don't get much depth to the flavor though.

M: Very well-bodied. Not heavy of course, but it's got a bit of heft and the carb is nice.

O: I have a bit of a soft spot for this beer, but it's still a tasty summer. I'd drink it on a hot day and enjoy it.

Photo of gfreed
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sort of a weenie wheat beer, which might be an unfair thing to say about a beer that's only 50% wheat, but still... it's a weenie wheat beer. Decent copper color with some nice sparkle; not much of a head; zipless body and something of a dry, corny taste that the malty edge just couldn't push aside. Dang. Anchor makes such terrific porter and their steam beer is decent. What happened here?

Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Way back when (mid-90's) I drank lots of Anchor products. Now I rarely pick them up. This one was part of a mixed six pack, after I couldn't find a sixth beer I wanted. Poured a light golden color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of wheat, straw and light malt. On the palate, this one was light bodied and drinkable, with sweet malt and just the barest suggestion of hops.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of slight fruits.

Tastes of light wheat and malt notes. Notes of citrus, grainy sweetness, and some bread come through. Not much else going on.

Mouhfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing worth checking out.

Photo of kevanb
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden color, fairly clear complextion. Nice fizzy head, very simple appearance.

S: Fruity, wheaty, biscuity. Its not that enticing, but its not off putting either.

T: Simple flavors. Fruity, strawberries, cherries, heavy on the wheat. It's not that complex, not that endearing either.

M: A little bubbly, not the smoothest beer. Not that bad really.

O: Enjoyable summer beer. It's easy to drink, light and crisp. Should compliment all the summer foods this season has to offer.

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